Synopses & Reviews
This upbeat, one-of-a-kind collection brings the Def poets -- as featured in the Tony Award-winning Broadway show and popular HBO television program -- to life on the page. Among them: Suheir Hammad, Beau Sia, Steve Colman, Stacyann Chin, Mayda del Valle, Georgia Me, Poetri, and other well-established and up-and-coming Slam artists who have forever changed the face of poetry and offer a fresh, exuberant, insightful, and comedic look at who we are as Americans today.
"These poets seize us with rhythm and passion. They give us romance, realism, comedy, and politics. That's entertainment!"andlt;BRandgt; -- andlt;Iandgt;New York Timesandlt;/Iandgt;
"Stunning, startling, amazingly now."
-- Ntozake Shange
"What a lot of people don't know is Broadway itself emerged from uptown cabaret from rent parties....You belong. Yeah, Def Jam Poetry Rap. Hip-Hop Nation. You belong."andlt;BRandgt; -- Nikki Giovanni
andlt;Iandgt;"Def Poetry Jamandlt;/Iandgt; shows that when you present black and Hispanic kids with literature that has something to do with their lives, they'll pay attention."andlt;BRandgt; -- Ishmael Reed
"Stunning, startling, amazingly now."andlt;BRandgt; -- Ntozake Shange
About the Author
andlt;Bandgt;Danny Simmons,andlt;/Bandgt; a renowned painter of abstract-expressionist oil works, owns the Rush Arts Gallery in Manhattan and Corridor Gallery in Brooklyn. A poet and cofounder of the Def Poetry Jam performance series, he heads the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation with his brother, Russell Simmons. He lives in Brooklyn.