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This upbeat, one-of-a-kind collection brings the Def poets — as featured in the Tony Award-winning Broadway show and popular HBO television program — to life on the page. Among them: Suheir Hammad, Beau Sia, Steve Colman, Stacyann Chin, Mayda del Valle, Georgia Me, Poetri, and other well-established and up-and-coming Slam artists who have forever changed the face of poetry and offer a fresh, exuberant, insightful, and comedic look at who we are as Americans today.

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Overview

This upbeat, one-of-a-kind collection brings the Def poets — as featured in the Tony Award-winning Broadway show and popular HBO television program — to life on the page. Among them: Suheir Hammad, Beau Sia, Steve Colman, Stacyann Chin, Mayda del Valle, Georgia Me, Poetri, and other well-established and up-and-coming Slam artists who have forever changed the face of poetry and offer a fresh, exuberant, insightful, and comedic look at who we are as Americans today.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"These poets seize us with rhythm and passion. They give us romance, realism, comedy, and politics. That's entertainment!"
New York Times

"Stunning, startling, amazingly now."
— Ntozake Shange

"What a lot of people don't know is Broadway itself emerged from uptown cabaret from rent parties....You belong. Yeah, Def Jam Poetry Rap. Hip-Hop Nation. You belong."
— Nikki Giovanni

"Def Poetry Jam shows that when you present black and Hispanic kids with literature that has something to do with their lives, they'll pay attention."
— Ishmael Reed

From the Publisher

"These poets seize us with rhythm and passion. They give us romance, realism, comedy, and politics. That's entertainment!"

-- New York Times

"Stunning, startling, amazingly now."

-- Ntozake Shange

"What a lot of people don't know is Broadway itself emerged from uptown cabaret from rent parties....You belong. Yeah, Def Jam Poetry Rap. Hip-Hop Nation. You belong."

-- Nikki Giovanni

"Def Poetry Jam shows that when you present black and Hispanic kids with literature that has something to do with their lives, they'll pay attention."

-- Ishmael Reed

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780743476225
  • Publisher: Atria Books
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 784,415
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Danny Simmons, a renowned painter of abstract-expressionist oil works, owns the Rush Arts Gallery in Manhattan and Corridor Gallery in Brooklyn. A poet and cofounder of the Def Poetry Jam performance series, he heads the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation with his brother, Russell Simmons. He lives in Brooklyn.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2004

    What I've Been Waiting For!

    I saw the group of eight in concert about a month ago and I was so disappointed to see the performance end. I REALLY enjoyed their poetry and this book just gave me another dose of it. Sometimes you need another dose to fully get into poets, because when Beau Sia came to Northern Michigan University, I didn't care for him. I didn't think he was funny. But when I saw him in Chicago, I cracked up. Poets are funny people. Sometimes they just take some getting used to and some grow on you before they can open their mouth (i.e. Lemon). I'm curious why the ninth poet wasn't on the tour, but atleast I got to read his poetry in this book, which was excellent from beginning to end. My favorite poem is 'Love Poem' by Lemon, but the rest are all good in separate styles. All the different techniques and language are what make this group so entertaining. Keep up the great work! I was advertising for them coming to Chicago like I would get commission for it and I'm going to do the book the same way!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2004

    Pick up the Book your missing out

    This book is wounderful for writers and non-writers. This book is hot. If you don't have it get it and read. And if your a wirter like me keep writing and reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2003

    Danny Simmons played Bruce George in the editors note

    The poetry is hot! But Danny Simmon's editors note is a big lie. He stated that he came up with the title of 'Def Poetry Jam' when Bruce George is the true Founder of Def Poetry Jam, and thousands of poets know it including Danny & Russell Simmons. He needs to come clean. Shame! Shame! Karma is a bit..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2003

    DEF 4 LIFE!

    A Must Read !!! If you saw the show on Broadway, then you have to have this book. It includes many of the same poems you heard at the show.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2003

    crazy...

    i saw this performed live on broadway in april, and let me just say that it was the best thing i've ever been to. beau sia has long been my hero *chuckle*, and this was just awesome. if you really want to see something great, you should buy this. think poetry is boring? you won't. this is quite the performance. hillarious, sad, thought-provoking, happy, and overall outstanding. the poets are incredibly talented. i love it. </end raving>

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