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Publisher's Summary

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.

Poems include:

  • "cane brulee"
  • "chantuel hymns"
  • "The devil in music"
  • "Bullet Points"
  • "1981"
  • "The mandate"
  • "photo graph"
  • "1986"
  • "Bird Watching"
  • "weusi alphabet"
  • "song for trent lott"
  • "truth applies for a green card"
  • "the sadness of migration"
  • "blue sex prodigy"
  • "weusi alphabeti" (live reading in Munich, Germany)
  • "in the same breath as my father" (live reading in Munich, Germany)
  • "how the ghetto loves us back" (live reading in Munich, Germany)
  • "love rev 2" (live reading in Munich, Germany)
  • "naming and other Christian things" (live reading in Munich, Germany)
©2006 Roger Bonair-Agard; (P)2006 Rattapallax Press

Critic Reviews

"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)

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