Archive for performance poetry

Andrea “Vocab” Sanderson’s “She Lives in Music”

Andrea’s new collection She Lives in Music (FlowerSong Books, 2020)

“I am such a fan of Vocab’s powerful voice and visions.” 

-Naomi Shihab Nye, Poetry Foundation’s Young People’s Poet Laureate

“When you enter this temple of rhythm Vocab has so masterfully constructed, you best bring your dancing shoes. She has perfected a style of free-verse that tours through the senses like a band: beating like a drum, wailing like a trumpet, thumping like a bass, casting a spell only the truest jazz artists can conjure.”  -Charles “EasyLee” Peters 

“Andrea “Vocab” Sanderson is the “remix” and the mystery; the “edible melody” and the bass thump; the original and the new version of her own profound song.   Rhythm and sound, “4 beats to a measure,” read these poems for they will answer you in music.”

-Octavio Quintanilla, San Antonio Poet Laureate, 2018-2020

FIRST LOOK: MOWING LEAVES OF GRASS

POEMS BY MATT SEDILLO

“Matt Sedillo is stone-cold the best political poet in America.  Every wildly inventive line is the snap of a switch blade. Forget the pretentious toffs who poetize for the NPR crowd.  Sedillo is Vengeance — the one we’ve been waiting for.”

–Greg Palast, Author of The Best Democracy Money Can Buy and recipient of The George Orwell Courage in Journalism Award 

“It’s the poets who inspire me and Matt is one of the finest of a generation. “

– Roxeanne Dunbar Ortiz, Author of an Indigenous People’s History of the United States and recipient of the The Lannan Lifetime Achievement Prize for Cultural Freedom

“Matt Sedillo’s poetic work is full of history, struggle, tragedy, anger, joy, despair, possibility and faith in the struggles of working class people to overcome the forces of capitalism and racism. If Patrice Lumumba, Rosa Luxembourg, Emiliano Zapata and Ella Baker were alive today, they would all be reading and sharing Matt Sedillo’s work with their comrades in service of organizing the next revolution. He is truly the poet laureate of struggle.”

– Paul Ortiz, Author of Emancipation Betrayed  and Director of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program