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

by Willie Perdomo

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Initially, this collection jump off the shelf and right into my hands, and with great enthusiasm I read straight through. I was very much impressed with a great deal of these some what jazzy proses written about a man whom died a very long time ago.

In the introduction the poet states that he did not know of his uncle with the exception of attending his funeral. There isn't really a greater homage then a collection of prose and poems written about a person you've only meet through stories an other people. I would suggest this book for a person looking for a quick read. ( )
  Joseph_Stelmaszek | Nov 29, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0143125230, Paperback)

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 Perdomo’s 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.

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Through dream song and elegy, alternate takes and tempos, prizewinning poet Willie Perdomo's 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.… (more)

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