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Broke Baroque

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by Tony Medina
Introduction by Ishmael Reed
JUL. 2013 | ISBN: 978-0-9884763-9-4 (eBook)
LCCN: 2013933165

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BROKE BAROQUE is the third in a series of Broke Books by award-winning poet, Tony Medina. Centered on Medina’s iconic everyman, Broke, a character that bears witness to his plight of homelessness in a humorous yet profound way. BROKE BAROQUE contains poetry peppered with images articulating Broke’s erratic experiences on the streets of Any City, USA. Through tall tales, anecdotes, episodes, rants and jokes, Broke eloquently and irreverently conveys his marginalization in a grossly unaccommodating society. With his trademark absurd and caustic wit, Medina portrays Broke’s anger, fear, humility, and resolve with humor, insight and compassion, bringing moments of levity and hopefulness to Broke’s plight. Funny and perversely sharp, whimsical and impassioned, BROKE BAROQUE is compulsively readable and will connect with any book and poetry lover alike. With a powerful introduction by McArthur-winner Ishmael Reed.  Cover design: Miriam Ahmed.  Cover art: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Boy and Dog in a Johnnypump, 1982. Copyright © The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat / ADAGP, Paris / ARS, New York 2013.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

TONY MEDINA
TONY MEDINA is a poet, professor, activist and author of children’s books. A two-time winner of the Paterson Prize for Books for Young People, he is the author of seventeen books including, The President Looks Like Me & Other Poems (2013); An Onion of Wars (2012); My Old Man Was Always on the Lam (2011); finalist for the 2012 Paterson Poetry Prize I and I, Bob Marley (2009); Broke on Ice (2011), the second book in the Broke series; Committed to Breathing (2003), and Follow-up Letters to Santa from Kids Who Never Got a Response (2003); Love to Langston (2002) and DeShawn Days (2001). A co-editor (with Louis Reyes Rivera) of the anthology Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam, Medina has been featured in the documentaries Nuyorc 1999; A Weigh with Words: An Inside Look At How Words Create Conflict or Compassion; Furious Flower II: Regenerating the Black Poetic Tradition: Roots & First Fruits/Cross-Pollination in the Diaspora/Blooming in the Whirlwind; and Sheer Good Fortune: Celebrating Toni Morrison. He has also been featured in the photography exhibits, “Among Poets: Maryland’s Poet Laureate Lucille Clifton” and “We the People: The Citizens of NYCHA in Pictures & Words.” Medina’s poetry, essays and fiction appear in numerous publications and several CDs. The first Professor of Creative Writing at Howard University, in 2013 Medina was awarded The Langston Hughes Society Award and the first African Voices Literary Award.

INTRODUCTION BY ISHMAEL REED

ISHMAEL REED
ISHMAEL REED is an award-winning author of over twenty titles including the acclaimed novel MUMBO JUMBO, as well as essays, plays and poetry. His recent publication is GOING TOO FAR: ESSAYS ABOUT AMERICA’S NERVOUS BREAKDOWN (2012). He is the founder of the Before Columbus Foundation, which promotes multicultural American writing, and is currently Professor Emeritus at the University of California at Berkeley.

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