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  • Paperback
  • Oct.23.2001
  • 9780609808405
  • Three Rivers Press

Tara gives an overview of the book:

There's no doubt that the crowd-rousing competition of poetry slams has injected an often marginalized literary genre with new energy and brought it out of the academy and into people's lives, where it belongs, but much of the impact of spoken-word poetry is rooted in its bravura performance, not its often banal writing. Coeditor Medina acknowledges this flaw and then triumphantly refutes it by presenting a solid volume of smart and exhilarating poetry by poets from diverse backgrounds participating in poetry slams across the country. Poems by such well-known front-liners as Wanda Coleman, Michael Warr, and Patricia Smith are interleaved with poems by emerging poets forging dramatic new forms to express outrage and sorrow over the endless cascade of tragedies born of racism and greed. Here are poems about sex, love, family, poverty, police brutality, Hollywood's...
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There's no doubt that the crowd-rousing competition of poetry slams has injected an often marginalized literary genre with new energy and brought it out of the academy and into people's lives, where it belongs, but much of the impact of spoken-word poetry is rooted in its bravura performance, not its often banal writing. Coeditor Medina acknowledges this flaw and then triumphantly refutes it by presenting a solid volume of smart and exhilarating poetry by poets from diverse backgrounds participating in poetry slams across the country. Poems by such well-known front-liners as Wanda Coleman, Michael Warr, and Patricia Smith are interleaved with poems by emerging poets forging dramatic new forms to express outrage and sorrow over the endless cascade of tragedies born of racism and greed. Here are poems about sex, love, family, poverty, police brutality, Hollywood's perpetuation of stereotypes, and the willful blindness of Washington. Poets of the body, the home, the neighborhood, and the world-at-large, Medina and Rivera's contributors are passionate, witty, wise, socially conscious, and artistically adventurous. Donna Seaman, ALA Booklist
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About Tara

Tara Betts is the author of the poetry collection Arc and Hue on Aquarius Press' Willow Books imprint. Tara is a lecturer in creative writing at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ.  A Cave Canem graduate and VONA alum, Tara received her MFA from New England...

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Published Reviews

Feb.19.2011

For real, all one has to do is read Arc & Hue to know that Betts is a REAL poet. Not only does she write about a diverse range of expansive themes, but she also grounds these themes in her past and...

Feb.19.2011

Rich in vivid images and musicality, this collection is an authentic portal into the very pulse of life. With the use of repetitive forms like sestina and canzone and the smooth lyrical flow of her free...