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Description: "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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Publisher: American Poetry Review, The
Publication date: 9/1/2007
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.25" tall
|Gregory Pardlo's Totem|
|Landscape with intervention|
|Totem (Truong Chi)|
|Portrait of the artist as a child|
|Title it shotgun wound|
|Vanitas, Mother's Day|
|Atlantic City Sunday morning|
|Man reading in bed by a window with bugs|
|Totem (sportin' life)|
|On emptying his house|
|Winter after the strike|
|Vanitas, Baltimore Avenue|
|Chapel Avenue, rain effect|
|Totem (El Cipitio)|
|Dolphin charter, Cape May, NJ|
|Vanitas, Camden Ferry|
|Private first class|
|The future as evaporation|
|Totem (Jasbo Brown)|
|The notorious antagonisms of Robert "Bathtub" Collier|
|In Canal Street Station late|
|Man reading in a family room after midnight|