Smoking Lovely by Willie Perdomo

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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

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Willie Perdomo is the author of Where a Nickel Costs a Dime (book with CD; W. W. Norton, 1995). He often performs his work at the Nuyorican Poets Café in downtown Manhattan and has been featured in several PBS documentaries, including Words in Your Face and The United States of Poetry. He has also written a picture book entitled Visiting Langston (Henry Holt Books for Young Readers) and co-wrote an episode for the HBO series Spicy City. He was the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fiction Grant.
Published January 15, 2004 by Rattapallax Press. 68 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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In the case of Perdomo, a veteran slam poetry performer and author of Where a Nickel Costs a Dime , making the psychic shift whereby the CD becomes the primary document makes for a transformative "reading" experience.

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