Tarnish and Masquerade
A veteran of the spoken-word scene, two-time National Slam Champion Roger Bonair-Agard releases his first full length poetry collection with accompanying CD full of spellbinding performances. These poems chart an exile'ss coming-of-age mirroring the increasingly relevant immigrant'ss experience. Whether set in Trinidad, Washington Heights, Texas, Brooklyn or other locales,...more
Paperback, 89 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Rattapallax Press
(first published 2006)
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Some quick thoughts on Roger Bonair-Agard's Tarnish and Masquerade: First, I get the sense that the poet is awkward on the page here, unsure really of where to align or misalign his poetic lines, unsure of the stanza's function(s), unsure of whether he benefits from use of page. He does oftentimes break the lines in places which remind me his sense of music is complex. This I think is most true of his opening poem, crisp, concrete, full of vitality. Many places, the poems appear tentative on the...more