The Essential Hits of Shorty Bon Bon (Poets, Penguin)
by Willie Perdomo
Publication Date: Mar 25, 2014
List Price: $18.00
Format: Paperback, 80 pages
Imprint: Penguin Group USA
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann
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A National Book Critics Circle 2014 Finalist for Poetry
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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