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The Essential Hits of Shorty Bon Bon (Poets, Penguin)

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New work from a poet of “lyrical intelligence, ferocious wit, and searching humanity” (Junot Diaz)

Through dream song and elegy, alternate takes and tempos, prizewinning poet Willie Perdomos third collection crackles with vitality and dynamism as it imagines the life of a percussionist, rebuilding the landscape of his apprenticeship, love, diaspora, and death. At the beginning of his infernal journey, Shorty Bon Bon recalls his live studio recording with a classic 1970s descarga band, sharing his recollection with an unidentified poet. This opening section is followed by a call-and-response with his greatest love, a singer named Rose, and a visit to Puerto Rico that inhabits a surreal nationalistic dreamscape, before a final jam session where Shorty recognizes his end and a trio of voices seek to converge on his elegy.

About the Author

Willie Perdomo is the author of Where a Nickel Costs a Dime, a finalist for the Poetry Society of America Norma Farber First Book Award, and Smoking Lovely, a winner of the PEN Beyond Margins Award. His poems have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Bomb, and other publications. He is an Instructor of English at Phillips Exeter Academy.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780143125235
Author:
Perdomo, Willie
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Poets, Penguin
Publication Date:
20140331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
80
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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