Slingshots (A Hip-Hop Poetica)
for Slingshots (A Hip-Hop Poetica):
is like a midnight craps game between Studs Terkel, Gwendolyn Brooks,
and Big Daddy Kane, thrown against a synagogue wall. Kevin Coval's
wordplay is fierce, frenetic and funny, but these words didn't come
to play. This is poetry as community dialogue, poetry as distilled-essense-of-rhyme-cipher,
poetry that scours both the world and the self for stones big enough
to fling at the Goliaths of our times."
-ADAM MANSBACH- Author of Angry Black
White Boy, or The Miscegenation of Macon Detornay.
is a visionary spoken word collection guided by an acute sense of
spiritual freedom and personal conviction. The inner and outer worlds
of politics, hip-hop and love merge to the point of combustion.
Kevin Coval is a true verbal assassin and his voice should be used
as a weapon for change."
-WILLIE PERDOMO- Author of Where a Nickel
Costs a Dime and Smoking Lovely.
the back cover:
Coval examined a childhood churned by white-collar fears of falling,
drug-fueled escapism, separatism, and suicidal tendencies, and
deconstructed his Jewishness as if he were trying to find his
own current in the flow of histories, personal and epic. Hip-Hop
had promised, in Afrika Bambaataa's words: PEACE, UNITY, and HAVING
FUN. But it also offered much more. From Bob Marley's ONE LOVE
to KRS-ONE's poetry, Hip-Hop's primary motion was toward wholeness
-- the suburbs toward the city, white toward black, Israeli toward
Palestinian -- the end of isms and schisms. So Slingshots
charts Kevin's roots journey to world-view."
-JEFF CHANG - American
Book Award Winner, 2005