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L-vis Lives!: Racemusic Poems

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FROM THE POET the Chicago Tribune calls “the new voice of Chicago,” comes L-vis Lives!, a bold new collection of poetry and prose exploring the collision of race, art, and appropriation in American culture.

L-vis is an imagined persona, a representation of artists who have used and misused Black music. Like so many others who gained fame and fortune from their sampling, L-v
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Paperback, 120 pages
Published October 4th 2011 by Haymarket Books
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Sarah
Jul 01, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: literacy-course
Genre: Poetry & Multicultural
Lexile: N/a
Age Level: Middle School

POV: from L-Vis
Character: L-Vis
Setting: n/a

The back cover reads, "L-vis is an imagined personal, a pastiche of artists who have used and misused Black music". Kevin Coval, one of the founders of the largest annual youth poetry fest, Louder Than a Bomb, released the chapbook L-Vis lives to address the historical phenomenon of white boys appropriating black music. When I went to his book talk, Kevin discussed how Eminem, a white
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Lauren
Mar 27, 2013 Lauren rated it really liked it
Important, relevant, and just so GOOD. Just met Coval, and had the chance to see him perform--such a passionate writer and storyteller. He forces the reader to face many truths about culture, society, and the world in which we live in an honest and brave combination of words, thoughts, ideas, realities... all of which resonate as you turn to the next page. My favorites in this collection: "holla for Troy Davis," "national anthem" and "what the whiteboy wants." Excellent.
Kathryn
Jul 25, 2012 Kathryn rated it really liked it
I've seen Coval perform a lot of the poems in this book, and they are amazingly powerful, and really make you think about race and culture. I would give it 5 stars, but I'm not sure how well some of these poems would read if hadn't heard him perform.
Jiva Manske
Apr 29, 2013 Jiva Manske rated it it was amazing
Just so good. Each poem is better than the next, and taken together they tell a powerful, important story. I will keep this one close and continue going back for more and more.
Joe T.
Dec 12, 2014 Joe T. rated it it was amazing
Good commentary on race culture and appropriation. Coval is dope!
Andy
May 23, 2012 Andy rated it liked it
Coval seems like a great guy doing great things for young poets in Chicago.
Tom Mueller
Sep 14, 2011 Tom Mueller marked it as to-read
Shelves: music, poetry, chicago
. . . poetry and prose exploring the collision of race, art, and appropriation in American culture . . . how can one go wrong with this one?
Kristy
Jan 12, 2015 Kristy rated it it was ok
This is a pretty daring text for a white man.
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KEVIN COVAL is the author of ALA Book of the Year finalist Slingshots: A Hip-Hop Poetica and Everyday People. He is co-founder and Artistic Director of Louder Than a Bomb: The Chicago Teen Poetry Festival, subject of an award-winning documentary of the same name, airing on the OWN network in Fall 2011. A regular contributor to Chicago Public Radio, and a four-time HBO Def Poet, Coval teaches at th ...more
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