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Maverick Room : Poems (05 Edition)

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With its defiance for any one tradition or voice, Thomas Sayers Elliss debut becomes a powerful argument against monotony

A dream. A democracy. A savage liberty.

And yet another anthem and yet another heaven

and yet another party wants you.

Wants you wants you wants you.

from “Groovallegiance”

In one poem, Thomas Sayers Ellis prognosticates, “Pretty soon, the Age of the Talk Show / Will slip on a peel left in the avant- gutter.” The result is The Maverick Room, the testing ground of determination and serendipity, where call-and-response becomes Steinian echo becomes Post-Soul percussive pleasure becomes a bootlegged recording hustled out of a D.C. go-go club.

Thomas Sayers Ellis was born and raised in Washington, D.C. His poetry has appeared in many magazines and anthologies, and he is a contributing editor of Callaloo. In 1993, Ellis co-edited On the Verge: Emerging Poets and Artists. His chapbook, The Genuine Negro Hero, was published by Kent State University Press in 2001. Ellis teaches at Case Western Reserve University and lives in Cleveland.
At one point in this powerhouse debut poetry collection, Ellis prognosticates, "Pretty soon, the Age of the Talk Show / Will slip on a peel left in the avant-gutter." The Maverick Room is a testing ground of determination and serendipity, where call and response becomes Steinian echo, where hip-hop becomes a bootlegged recording hustled out of a D.C. go-go club.

With its all-out defiance of accepting any one tradition or single voice, this book reads like a powerful argument against monotonyjust when "all their stanzas look alike," just when language fails in the face of catastrophe, just when, as Ellis confesses, "the twin terrors at the center of the word dollar / have made me and my craft liar-cowards." The Maverick Room introduces a brave, intelligent, original new voice to American poetry.

"The wondrous Maverick Room, Ellis's opus of sonic site-specific artistry, reminds us of Ralph Ellison's sampling of Emerson's observation that 'geography is fate.'"Michael Eric Dyson

"This linguistic tome maps the segments of the District, the nation's capital. These quadrants condition the self, an inward geography: riffs, nicknames, the cunning fragments constructed from the language of pop art, hip-hop, the threshold of family, the death of the father, the sustenance and strength of the mother, the testimony of the son. Ellis is our tour guide: his poetry is about the neighborhood, native speech, a probing intellect, innovative prosody, experimental wit, a parlance of the street, gardens and maps, the upper and lower frequencies as registry of song."Michael S. Harper

"Ellis's work is always fascinating; he seems to do it without mirrorsdescribing something without looking directly at itthe language taking the idea, carefully wrapped, in the casual stance of somebody still not uptight about whether the poem has to say everything he knows and be that and himself for all times. There is a seeming 'languor' cooling his words across you: arch, self-tickled, sharp, signifying, yet not backed against the wall of any absolute, including himself."Amiri Baraka

Review:

"Readers have been waiting for this volume's appearance at least since Ellis's cofounding of the Dark Room Collective in the mid-'90s; if one counts Ellis's 1996 appearance in Graywolf's Take Three series, or the short 2001 book produced by Kent State, then this is not quite his debut. The book's five sections are directionally named for areas of Washington, D.C. ('NW'; 'SE'; etc.), plus a dividing middle section named, like the book, for a major D.C. go-go music club of the mid '80s. The poems have a first book's trying-everything-out range, including updates of '60s taunts ('Africa disagrees/ with subject-verb agreement') and confessionals ('My father was an enormous man.../ His eyes were the worst kind/ Of jury — deliberate, distant, hard') as well as encomia to favorite musicians (Bootsy Collins, Sugar Bear) and family members. But unlike most debuts, they have a fully realized line and neologistic voice, one that, along with the city that frames them, makes it all cohere beautifully. Staccato rhythms slyly combine with delayed repetitions in ways that are hard to quote, but a good many stanzas are arresting on their own: 'The whole bumpnoxious,/ Dark thang stanks/ Of jivation// And Electric Spank/ Glory, glory, glory/ hallastoopid.' Other poems shift effortlessly into formal registers that give further resonances to Ellis's knowing switches of code and to this marvelous maverick book as a whole." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

With its defiance for any one tradition or voice, Thomas Sayers Ellis's debut becomes a powerful argument against monotony
" A dream. A democracy. A savage liberty.
" And yet another anthem and yet another heaven
"and yet another party wants you.
" Wants you wants you wants you.
--from "Groovallegiance"
In one poem, Thomas Sayers Ellis prognosticates, "Pretty soon, the Age of the Talk Show / Will slip on a peel left in the avant- gutter." The result is "The Maverick Room, the testing ground of determination and serendipity, where call-and-response becomes Steinian echo becomes Post-Soul percussive pleasure becomes a bootlegged recording hustled out of a D.C. go-go club.

Synopsis:

With its defiance for any one tradition or voice, Thomas Sayers Elliss debut becomes a powerful argument against monotony

A dream. A democracy. A savage liberty.

And yet another anthem and yet another heaven

and yet another party wants you.

Wants you wants you wants you.

—from “Groovallegiance”

In one poem, Thomas Sayers Ellis prognosticates, “Pretty soon, the Age of the Talk Show / Will slip on a peel left in the avant- gutter.” The result is The Maverick Room, the testing ground of determination and serendipity, where call-and-response becomes Steinian echo becomes Post-Soul percussive pleasure becomes a bootlegged recording hustled out of a D.C. go-go club.

About the Author

Thomas Sayers Ellis was born and raised in Washington, D.C. His work has appeared in many magazines and anthologies, and in Take Three: 1. He currently teaches at Case Western Reserve University and lives in Cleveland, Ohio.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781555974145
Author:
Ellis, Thomas Sayers
Publisher:
Graywolf Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20050131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
120
Dimensions:
1 in.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Readers have been waiting for this volume's appearance at least since Ellis's cofounding of the Dark Room Collective in the mid-'90s; if one counts Ellis's 1996 appearance in Graywolf's Take Three series, or the short 2001 book produced by Kent State, then this is not quite his debut. The book's five sections are directionally named for areas of Washington, D.C. ('NW'; 'SE'; etc.), plus a dividing middle section named, like the book, for a major D.C. go-go music club of the mid '80s. The poems have a first book's trying-everything-out range, including updates of '60s taunts ('Africa disagrees/ with subject-verb agreement') and confessionals ('My father was an enormous man.../ His eyes were the worst kind/ Of jury — deliberate, distant, hard') as well as encomia to favorite musicians (Bootsy Collins, Sugar Bear) and family members. But unlike most debuts, they have a fully realized line and neologistic voice, one that, along with the city that frames them, makes it all cohere beautifully. Staccato rhythms slyly combine with delayed repetitions in ways that are hard to quote, but a good many stanzas are arresting on their own: 'The whole bumpnoxious,/ Dark thang stanks/ Of jivation// And Electric Spank/ Glory, glory, glory/ hallastoopid.' Other poems shift effortlessly into formal registers that give further resonances to Ellis's knowing switches of code and to this marvelous maverick book as a whole." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , With its defiance for any one tradition or voice, Thomas Sayers Ellis's debut becomes a powerful argument against monotony
" A dream. A democracy. A savage liberty.
" And yet another anthem and yet another heaven
"and yet another party wants you.
" Wants you wants you wants you.
--from "Groovallegiance"
In one poem, Thomas Sayers Ellis prognosticates, "Pretty soon, the Age of the Talk Show / Will slip on a peel left in the avant- gutter." The result is "The Maverick Room, the testing ground of determination and serendipity, where call-and-response becomes Steinian echo becomes Post-Soul percussive pleasure becomes a bootlegged recording hustled out of a D.C. go-go club.
"Synopsis" by ,
With its defiance for any one tradition or voice, Thomas Sayers Elliss debut becomes a powerful argument against monotony

A dream. A democracy. A savage liberty.

And yet another anthem and yet another heaven

and yet another party wants you.

Wants you wants you wants you.

—from “Groovallegiance”

In one poem, Thomas Sayers Ellis prognosticates, “Pretty soon, the Age of the Talk Show / Will slip on a peel left in the avant- gutter.” The result is The Maverick Room, the testing ground of determination and serendipity, where call-and-response becomes Steinian echo becomes Post-Soul percussive pleasure becomes a bootlegged recording hustled out of a D.C. go-go club.

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