Thursday, April 13, 2017
Happy National Poetry Month! I think this is my favorite month of the whole year. This year I am featuring a poem and a poet every Sunday. I am also writing a poem every day of this month, so the hope is that I will write 30 poems in 30 days.
I'm also excited to announce that the author I am featuring on BookSnob this month is an awesome poet and he's well known in Minneapolis spoken word circles. His name is Guante. I have heard his poetry for a long time and have admired him from afar and now he has compiled his poetry and essays in his first book called, A Love Song, A Death Rattle, A Battle Cry by Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre. So I am thrilled to be featuring him on Booksnob this month.
Here is the synopsis from Goodreads:
Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre is an MC, two-time National Poetry Slam champion, activist and educator based in Minneapolis, MN. His work has appeared everywhere from the United Nations, to Welcome to Night Vale, to Upworthy and beyond, and he currently makes a living traveling to colleges, conferences, and high schools, using spoken word as a jumping-off point for dialogue around identity, power, agency, and activism. One part mixtape, one part disorientation guide, and one part career retrospective, this collection brings together spoken word poems, song lyrics, and essays from the past decade of Guante’s work.
This month and into May, you can expect a book review, a giveaway of Guante's book, and an author interview.
Check out Guante's website to learn more about him and his book at www.guante.info
You can also find him on Twitter: @elguante.
Here is one of my favorite poems, written and performed by Guante.
"Ten Responses to the Phrase 'Man Up'"