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Gregory Pardlo . . . wants to explore the druidic function of art, the works of jazz musicians, painters, poets, and others who live imaginatively, expand reality, and make imagination free.-Brenda Hillman, from the introduction

Totem, winner of the APR/Honickman First Book Prize, is the debut of a poet who has been listening for decades. In his youth, Gregory Pardlo heard stories of factory hours and picket lines from his father; in the bars, clubs, and on the radio he listens to jazz and blues, the rhythms, beats, and aspirations of which all of which seep into his poems.

A former Cave Canem fellow, Pardlo creates work that is deeply autobiographical, drifting between childhood and adult life. He speaks a language simultaneously urban and highbrow, seamlessly switching from art analysis to sneakers hung over the telephone lines. Deeply rooted in a blue-collar world, he produces snapshots of a life that is so specific it becomes universal.

From Vincent's Shoes:

On the wall above my desk: a pen and ink affair which I copied from a print hanging in the sushi bar down the block: inflected necks of pedestrians on a bridge in the rain and here I hung the hightops from a power line. It was in me to do. I felt it in my gut the way Vincent might have felt the wheat fields and the smoking socket of the sun rattling, tweezed days late into the ear of an aluminum bowl

Gregory Pardlo teaches at Medgar Evers College, The City University of New York, and lives in Brooklyn.

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Winner of the APR/Honickman First Book Prize, with an introduction by Brenda Hillman.

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Poetry. African American Studies. TOTEM, winner of the APR/Honickman First Book Prize, is the debut of a poet who has been listening for decades. In his youth, Bregory Pardlo heard stories of factory hours and picket lines from his father; in the bars, clubs, and on the radio he listens to jazz and blues, the rhythms, beats, and aspirations of which seep into his poems. A former Cave Canem fellow, Pardlo creates work that is deeply autobiographical, drifting between childhood and adult life. He speaks a language simultaneously urban and highbrow, seamlessly switching from art analysis to sneakers hung over the telephone lines. "Gregory Pardlo... wants to explore the druidic function of art, the works of jazz musicians, painters, poets, and others who live imaginatively, expand reality, and make imagination free"--Brenda Hillman, from the introduction. Gregory Pardlo teaches at Medgar Evers Vollege, The City University of New York, and lives in Brooklyn.

About the Author

Gregory Pardlo won the APR/Honickman First Book Prize for his debut volume of poetry, Totem. He teaches creative writing at Medgar Evers College, CUNY, and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780977639526
Author:
Pardlo, Gregory
Publisher:
Copper Canyon Press
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
General
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General
Subject:
American - African American
Subject:
Poetry/African American
Subject:
Single Author / American
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
APR Honickman 1st Book Prize
Publication Date:
20070931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
96
Dimensions:
9.4 x 6.4 x 0.6 in 11 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Poetry. African American Studies. TOTEM, winner of the APR/Honickman First Book Prize, is the debut of a poet who has been listening for decades. In his youth, Bregory Pardlo heard stories of factory hours and picket lines from his father; in the bars, clubs, and on the radio he listens to jazz and blues, the rhythms, beats, and aspirations of which seep into his poems. A former Cave Canem fellow, Pardlo creates work that is deeply autobiographical, drifting between childhood and adult life. He speaks a language simultaneously urban and highbrow, seamlessly switching from art analysis to sneakers hung over the telephone lines. "Gregory Pardlo... wants to explore the druidic function of art, the works of jazz musicians, painters, poets, and others who live imaginatively, expand reality, and make imagination free"--Brenda Hillman, from the introduction. Gregory Pardlo teaches at Medgar Evers Vollege, The City University of New York, and lives in Brooklyn.
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