This product is temporarily out of stock
Poetry. Introduction by Alhaji Papa Susso. An epilogue to Bob Holman's travels to West Africa to discover the roots of spoken word, hip-hop, and the oral tradition, this collection is a celebration of language and its power to make us see. Building on his transcription of the Griot poems sung to him by West African legend Papa Susso, Holman uses verse as another lens for experiencing visual art ("Van Gogh's Violin") and as a vehicle for sharing his own intimate history. The landscape shifts, and grief makes itself evident, as do those very necessary, sneaky, ecstatic reminders of life's continuing possibility for joy.
author siteKSFR Santa Fe's "Audio Saucepan
Recently dubbed a member of the "Poetry Pantheon" by the New York Times Magazine and featured in a Henry Louis Gates, Jr. profile in The New Yorker, Bob Holman has previously been crowned "Ringmaster of the Spoken Word" (New York Daily News), "Poetry Czar" (Village Voice), "Dean of the Scene" (Seventeen), and "this generation's Ezra Pound" (Poetry Flash). Author City: NEW YORK, NY USA