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Harlem at the beginning of the s In poems written in couplets vignettes sketches riffs and dialogue Perdomo recreates a weekend where surviving members of the crew recall a series of tragic events That was the summer we all tried to fly All but one of us succeede Very cool

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The Crazy BunchFrom a prize winning poet a new collection that chronicles The Crazy eBook #198 a weekend in the life of a group of friends coming of age in East Harlem at the dawn of the hip hop era Willie Perdomo a native of East Harlem has won praise as a hip playful historica This is an odd but interesting book of poems that relates to an attempt at understanding a story in the youth of some people where violence snuffed out the life of several and ended a period of perceived innocence among them  How you feel about this book will depend largely on your own belief system and opinion when it comes to urban crime and gang violence  I myself looked at this book as somewhat experimental and not in a bad way but had very little sympathy for the people involved most of whom were up to no good and paid an appropriate price for their criminality  In general it might be said that I have little sympathy for criminal classes  Yet the story itself is compelling apart from the fact that it deals with young people involved in the wrong sort of activity  After all most of the discussion involves uestions of family friendship loyalty and love and the fascinating way in which different people have varying perspectives on the same events  Told through a connect series of poems and dialogues this makes for an interesting approach and certainly one that I may consider worth emulating in future worksAs far as poetry books go this one is coherently organized than the vast majority of poetry books I have read  The book begins with an introduction about the supposed poetry cops who behave like a detective asking uestions to occasionally unwilling or unreliable witnesses and participants in the events of the book  After that the first section of the book looks at the reliability or unreliability of memory in the face of what you remember  After that there are some poems that relate to the lovesick nature of the protagonist of the poem who is called by various names like Papa and Skinicky whose amorous interests are not viewed as highly by the object of his affections  This leads to a discussion about how you lose something each day and also a discussion about how it is necessary to forget what you saw and to forget what you heard both of which are small sections with a few subjects dealing with alibis and prison and the drug war  The book closes with a series of poems that look at a spot where you can kiss the dead reflecting on the losses faced by a group of young people over a short period of time after which the book ends with shout outsThis book provides a compelling way to frame a narrative within a series of related poems that include dialogue as well as verse and several different types of poetry that range from well written free verse poems to prose poems of considerable worth as well  For those readers who have an animus towards the drug war or feel empathy towards those involved in youth hooliganism this book will offer a thoughtful view of youth involved in such matters reflecting over matters of life and love  If the subject matter that the author is writing about is not necessarily new he does at least provide a compelling way to look at familiar problems and perspectives that are rarely seen in poetry this articulate and this thoughtful and I have read a lot of bad contemporary poetry alas dealing with some of these subjects  When someone writes a book that can be appreciated for its sheer technical ability as well as its subject matter for those who are so inclined that is a rare and notable achievement indeed and one worth celebrating at least a little

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The Crazy Bunch doc Ç Paperback ´ johnscyclingdiary µ ➽ [Reading] ➿ The Crazy Bunch By Willie Perdomo ➲ – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk From a prize winning poet a new collection that chronicles a weekend in the life of a group of friends coming of age in East Harlem at the dawn of the hip hop eLly engaged poet whose restlessly lyrical language mixes city life with a sense of the transcendent NPRorg In his fourth collection The Crazy Bunch Perdomo returns to his beloved neighborhood to create a vivid kaleidoscopic portrait of a crew coming of age in East In this dense intense little book Perdomo weaves street talk and hiphop like jive in with extraordinarily sophisticated poetic language conveying the feel of being part of a tight young cohort routinely confronted with the choice of fight or fun There is so much slang here probably tied to a particular neighborhood at a particular era that much of this book is like a foreign language to me but the resonance and richness of the poetry is all the fascinatingWe all bond together in communities but I think that people of limited means and options stay in their communities longer and depend on each other Thus the names of vaguely understood characters that turn up over and over in these stories as dreams as poems Perdomo also plays and struggles through mock interviews with the Poetry Cops Consolidated Poetry Systems with the dual vision of reliving this youth and looking at it from the outside having clearly made it into the ranks of the intelligentsia I go uptown and try to find friends in the faces of strangers