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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-vFROM 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-vis is as much a sincere artist as he is a thief. In Kevin Coval's poems, L-vis' story is equal parts forgotten history, autobiography, and re-imaginings. We see shades of Elvis Presley, the Beastie Boys, and Eminem, and meet some of history's more obscure “whiteboy” heroes and anti-heroes: legendary breakdancers, political activists, and music impresarios.A story of both artistic theft and radical invention, L-vis Lives! is a poetic novella on all of the possibilities and problems of “post-racial” American culture—where Black art is still at times only fully accepted in a white face, and every once in a while an “L-vis” comes along to step in to the void.i am a heroto most. the great hopeof something other.a complex back-story.something other thanthe business of my father.bland’s antonym.jim crow’s black sheep.the forgotten sonleft to rise in the darknessamong the discarded in the wildof working class, singlemother hoods. a herowho transcendswho translates the dissatisfactions of the plains;kids of kurt cobain,method man amphetamine,the odd Iowan who digs dirtand lights beyond the pig yard,spits nebraskan argot,hero to the heartland, middle brow(n) america ...

Title : L-vis Lives!: Racemusic Poems
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ISBN : 9781608461516
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 120 Pages
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L-vis Lives!: Racemusic Poems Reviews

  • Sarah
    2018-11-05 15:04

    Genre: Poetry & Multicultural Lexile: N/aAge Level: Middle SchoolPOV: from L-VisCharacter: L-VisSetting: n/aThe 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 rapper, is a millionaire who Rolling Stone named one of the Kings of Hip-hop, meanwhile one of the ACTUAL godfathers of hip-hop, DJ Kool Herc, who also is credited with the beat break used in DJing, has a serious illness and has no health insurance. This book of poetry delves into these issues, using L-vis as an imagined persona who is grappling with his whiteness, identity, and his craft. One of my favorite poems in it is called "black studies" and it goes:black is the color of my true love's hairblack is the color of all i care, black recordsblack stax, black bodies stacked, shack(il)edby o'neil english. speak back, black backs lashed raised scars, africa attack, black oilblack guns in the hands of blue, black foils.(and continues on...)Main ideas: One of the important aspects of this book is that it can be used to discuss how popular culture appropriates other cultures, often in an exploitative wayPersonal reaction: It is an honest account of a young man who is in love with hip-hop, while recognizing the profound intersections of art, race, and culture.Recommend? I would definitely use this for older students, especially those who are interested in hip-hop

  • Lauren
    2018-11-12 14:57

    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
    2018-10-29 10:46

    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
    2018-11-08 12:41

    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.
    2018-11-02 11:03

    Good commentary on race culture and appropriation. Coval is dope!

  • Andy
    2018-10-27 10:43

    Coval seems like a great guy doing great things for young poets in Chicago.

  • Tom Mueller
    2018-10-27 18:46

    . . . poetry and prose exploring the collision of race, art, and appropriation in American culture . . . how can one go wrong with this one?

  • Kristy
    2018-11-15 17:51

    This is a pretty daring text for a white man.