Roger Bonair-Agard, a veteran of the spoken-word scene and a two-time National Slam Champion, reads several of his poems from Tarnish and Masquerade, featuring a live reading in Munich, Germany. His poems chart an exile's coming-of-age and an increasingly relevant immigrant's experience. Whether set in Trinidad, Washington Heights, Texas, Brooklyn, or other less-fixed locales, these poems written (and spoken) with equal parts joy and fury are full of clarity, compassion and unsentimentality.
"Bonair-Agard is a poet who fixes his experience with memory and uses memory image as analyzer of his experience. A poet of live language mastering it's literary 'statement'. Someone whose poetry can be entered and felt and understood. An impressive work." (Amiri Baraka)