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Performance Bond [CD] [Paperback]

Wayde Compton

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Book Description

Oct. 1 2004


In Performance Bond, Wayde Compton, among the most progressive and experimental poets in Canada, defiantly and eloquently confronts the globalization and commodification of black culture.

With poetry inspired by the insistent cadences of hip-hop and jazz, Compton fuses language, history, and contemporary black politics. He deals with black diaspora at the outer rim of geography and culture, concerned with the legacy of the slave trade, the memory and origins of hip-hop, and the ramifications of urban renewal on North America's inner cities.

Performance Bond, is supplemented with a CD that is a recording of Compton's musical performance of one of the book's sections, "The Reinventing Wheel," featuring the turntable mixing of his reading of the poem, prerecorded on vinyl, with musical beats, breaks, and samples.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press; Pap/Com edition (Oct. 1 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551521644
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551521640
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 16.2 x 1.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #305,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There is a hip hop flavour and cadence to these pieces, to be sure, but it's hip hop written by a bloody genius, or at least someone with a dizzying command of the language. . . .
-Vancouver Sun

In Performance Bond, Wayde Compton is on a fabulous roll of his own.
-Toronto Star

The flexibility with which this book approaches both poetry and race deserves special attention. The way Compton sings the strange blues of our time will keep readers humming and thinking at the same time.
-Monday Magazine

The concept of Performance Bond is exciting.
-Georgia Straight

About the Author

Wayde Compton is the author of two books of poetry, 49th Parallel Psalm (Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize finalist) and Performance Bond. He also edited the anthology Bluesprint: Black British Columbian Literature and Orature. His non-fiction book After Canaan: Essays on Race, Writing, and Region was shortlisted for the City of Vancouver Book Award. His first work of fiction, The Outer Harbour, will be published in fall 2014. Wayde is the director of the Writer's Studio and the Southbank Writer's Program at Simon Fraser University Continuing Studies. He lives in Vancouver.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eloquent defiance April 9 2005
By The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers - Published on Amazon.com
Imagine yourself absorbing an assertive spoken word performance,

that is flowing fast and furious, captivating and stimulating.

Imagine how your spirit will be stirred as you sway to the power

of the words and the rhythm of the flow. Now imagine someone

capturing that feeling on paper. If you can picture that mental

visual, then you are on point, because that's what Wayde Compton

has done.

One of the most progressive and experimental poets in Canada,

Compton confronts the globalization and the co-modification of

Black culture, with a militancy reminiscent of the turbulent

sixties. Compton takes the insistent cadences of jazz and

hip-hop and fuses them with language, history and contemporary

Black politics. His poetry deals with black diaspora, the

changing culture, the legacy of the slave trade, the origin

of hip-hop and the ramifications of urban renewal on North

America's inner cities.

PERFORMANCE BOND was born from the roots of an unusual history,

and is complemented by a CD recording of one of Compton's

performances which gives life to the history. Compton has

produced deep-reaching, thought-provoking poetry, but he

shares more than an eye-opening read, his musings reintroduce

a cultural experience. (RAW Rating: 4.5)

Reviewed by aNN

of The RAWSISTAZ™ Reviewers

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