The Essential Hits of Shorty Bon Bon

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New work from a poet of ?lyrical intelligence, ferocious wit, and searching humanity? (Junot Diaz)

Through dream song and elegy, alternate takes and tempos, prizewinning poet Willie Perdomo?s third collection crackles with vitality and dynamism as it imagines the life of a percussionist, rebuilding the landscape of his apprenticeship, love, diaspora, and death. At the beginning of his infernal journey, Shorty Bon Bon recalls his live studio recording with a classic 1970s ...

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Overview

New work from a poet of “lyrical intelligence, ferocious wit, and searching humanity” (Junot Diaz)

Through dream song and elegy, alternate takes and tempos, prizewinning poet Willie Perdomo’s third collection crackles with vitality and dynamism as it imagines the life of a percussionist, rebuilding the landscape of his apprenticeship, love, diaspora, and death. At the beginning of his infernal journey, Shorty Bon Bon recalls his live studio recording with a classic 1970s descarga band, sharing his recollection with an unidentified poet. This opening section is followed by a call-and-response with his greatest love, a singer named Rose, and a visit to Puerto Rico that inhabits a surreal nationalistic dreamscape, before a final jam session where Shorty recognizes his end and a trio of voices seek to converge on his elegy.

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Library Journal
04/15/2014
Winner of the PEN Beyond Margins Award, Perdomo portrays percussionist Shorty Bon Bon in charged, edgy poems that have all the shimmer and reverberance of a dance hall, moving from his live studio recordings with a 1970s descarga band, to the smoky passion between him and a singer named Rose, and beyond. "Then I/ Shook all the safety from their style," says Shorty Bon Bon of his band mates. So does Perdomo.—BH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143125235
  • Publisher: Viking Penguin
  • Publication date: 3/25/2014
  • Series: Poets, Penguin Series
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 643,693
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Willie Perdomo is the author of Where a Nickel Costs a Dime, a finalist for the Poetry Society of America Norma Farber First Book Award, and Smoking Lovely, a winner of the PEN Beyond Margins Award. His poems have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Bomb, and other publications. He is an Instructor of English at Phillips Exeter Academy.

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