Performance Bond Paperback – CD, Oct 1 2004
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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 (Vancouver Sun)
In Performance Bond, Wayde Compton is on a fabulous roll of his own.
-Toronto Star (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 (Monday Magazine)
The concept of Performance Bond is exciting.
-Georgia Straight (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, was 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.See all Product Description
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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
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)
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