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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:
9780977639533
Author:
Pardlo, Gregory
Publisher:
American Poetry Review
Subject:
General
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
American poetry
Subject:
21st century
Subject:
American poetry - 21st century
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Subject:
Single Author / American
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Apr Honickman 1st Book Prize
Publication Date:
20070931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
96
Dimensions:
8.9 x 6 x 0.3 in 6.5 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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