The Latest Books from 2LP || Not4Prophet
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Nov.. 2013 | 136 pp. | 6” x 9” | Paperback | $16.99
ISBN-13: 978-0988476332 (pbk.)
Jan. 2014 | EPUB | $6.99
ISBN-13: 978-0-9884763-2-5 (epub)
Graphics by Vagabond
Introduction by Tony Medina
COVER DESIGN: Vagabond Beaumont
COVER PHOTO: Jeffrey Akers
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Last of the Po’ Ricans y Otros Afro-Artifacts
Poems by Not4Prophet || Graphics by Vagabond
Introduction by Tony Medina
NUYORICAN WORLD SERIES
LAST OF THE PO’RICANS Y OTROS AFRO-ARTIFACTS, the debut poetry collection of Not4Prophet, provides an incredible verbal and musical profusion of poetry that reflects the cultural landscapes of the perpetual islands of Puerto Rican and New York City through the eyes of a Puerto Rican born in Ponce, living in El Barrio/East Harlem and the South Bronx. As he elaborates this “otherness,” which includes the hassles of poverty, racial pride and racial discord, Not4Prophet pays homage to the old school cats from the Nuyorican and Black Arts movements. Written in free verse and layered with cultural and historical references, LAST OF THE PO’RICANS breaks boundaries and challenges us with iconic imagery and word play that dares to speak of the unspeakable.. With graphics by Vagabond and an introduction by Tony Medina.
Like a cool glass of water on a hot summer day . . . no . . . more like an oasis not a mirage on this desert we call earth . . . not4Prophet comes to bring relief . . . to let you . . . me . . . all thinking people know . . . we are not alone . . . .
— Nikki Giovanni, Poet
In Last of the Po’Ricans, Not4Prophet delivers “The Daily News” of poetry in a hip-hop beat entangled in blues/plena/ rock ‘n roll/punk/fusion/folk jazz mixed with explosive emotions crafted into each outburst. He delivers rapid fire political, apolitical, patriotic, treasonous, nationalistic, anti-capitalistic, take it
or leave it, fuck it, in your face poetry that excites and incites.
—Jesús Papoleto Meléndez
Nuyorican Poet and Author of Hey Yo! Yo Soy!
Not4Prophet’s Last of the Po’Ricans, is a BeBop collage of images that saturate the mind with images of an El Barrio word warrior. It takes you on his trip through the ‘hood in his heart and mind with a keen sense of alliteration as his signature.
— Abiodun Oyewole
poet, teacher and founding member of the
American music and spoken-word group, The Last Poets
The poet’s nu, yo, and he’s rican as ri can. He claims to be po’rican, and that po is for the poEMS you know, bro, as the rican is rich as a tostones slangwhich. . . . a Prophet for our time.”
— Bob Holman, founder of the Bowery Poetry Club
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
NOT4PROPHET was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico and raised in El Barrio/East Harlem and the South Bronx in New York City. He is a dirt roots community activist, underground-Hip Hop MC, political Punk Rock shouter, graffiti writer, off-peak-hours actor and last but never least, a poor (mans) poet and/or barrio bard. Not4Prophet has released several indie music CDs, two self-published poetry chapbooks, and his writing has been featured in various books and magazines. He currently teaches “resistance writing” to those identified as “the homeless” at the Homeless Organizing Academy, located in the South Bronx section of New York City and continues to diligently organize in the “hood”. www.agitrap.com
TONY MEDINA, two-time winner of The Paterson Prize for Books for Young People, is the author/editor of sixteen books for adults and young readers, including I and I, Bob Marley, My Old Man Was Always on the Lam, Broke on Ice, An Onion of Wars, and The President Looks Like Me and Other Poems. Medina’s poetry, essays and fiction appear in numerous publications. The first Professor of Creative Writing at Howard University, in 2013 Medina was awarded both The Langston Hughes Society Award and the first African Voices Literary Award.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
VAGABOND is a filmmaker and multi-disciplinary artist who was born in Brooklyn to Puerto Rican and Jamaican parents. A graduate of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & the Arts, he attended The School of Visual Arts but dropped out after his first year to work on independent black films such as Spikes Lee’s DO THE RIGHT THING, where he quickly learned all aspects of filmmaking and forged his own alternative aesthetic. He has written, produced and directed the documentary RICANSTRUCTING VIEQUES, and the award-winning feature film, MACHETERO. A former member of the RICANSTRUCTION Netwerk, a politically radical artist collective in the vein of the “Situationist International,” he continues to work on films, create posters, pamphlets, videos and all kinds of other agit-propaganda for “the cause” or just because. www.nothngtobegainedhere.com.