Like a dose of Jim Carroll's Basketball Diaries, and a Billie Holiday
song with a Miguel Pinero chaser, Willie Perdomo's long awaited
follow-up to his powerful debut is a sizzling cocktail of drug
addiction, love, recovery, and truth. The familiar Lexington Avenue of
East Harlem continues to be his Yoknapatawpha but the world has become
his lab in this collection of serious prose and gunfire verse. These
poems find room to depict the change in urban scenery, the
de-romanticization of withdrawal, a homeless man's spin on empowerment
zones, the global humor of a drug run and the reflective clarity of a
train ride. As the poet declares in "Lexington Avenue Prelude," "This is
the face-to-face appointment with the Department of Human Resources/That
you can't miss even if you tried."
About Willie Perdomo
See more books from this Author
Published January 15, 2004
by Rattapallax Press.
Literature & Fiction.