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Gr 9 Up
As in The Spoken Word Revolution (Sourcebooks, 2003), Redux provides an overview of the many movements-among them slam and hip-hop-that comprise a modern renaissance of performance poetry, a shout-out to poetry's oral roots. Teens will recognize some of the writers and performers, from actor Ethan Hawke to Smashing Pumpkins front man Billy Corgan. The placement of traditional poets' work and readings next to those of today's performance artists forces readers/listeners to question the very definition of poetry. Critical essays punctuate the selections, further unraveling such questions as, "What is poetry's intent?" Or, simply, "What is poetry?" Clearly, in a collection dedicated to performance poetry, the accompanying CD is of vital importance. It includes only a selection of the book's poems, complete with sometimes-explicit but never gratuitous lyrics, and not all are performed in their entirety. While the CD gives the book its legs, today's students and educators will undoubtedly itch for a DVD or even downloadable video file to experience the full effect of the poem's delivery. Ultimately, much of Redux retreads the same ground as its predecessor, but it remains a well-crafted, dynamic tool that will not only enliven any poetry classroom, but also legitimizes art forms that are important to many of today's students.
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