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Genius B-Boy Cynics Getting Weeded In the Garden of Delights 0th Edition

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Equally at home with jazz and hip hop, Mansbach riffs like Coltrane, flows like Notorious BIG. A true artisitic gem. -- Michael Eric Dyson, back cover

If Eminem got off the drugs and grew a social conscience he might write this good. Might. -- William Upski Wimsatt, back cover

About the Author

Adam Mansbach, 25, received his M.F.A. from Columbia University. He is the founding editor of the award-winning hip hop journal Elementary, and currently serves as an Artistic Consultant to Columbia's Center for Jazz Studies. A performer who collaborates with both jazz and hip hop musicians, he lives in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 110 pages
  • Publisher: New Mouth from the Dirty South/Garrett County (October 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966646959
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966646955
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,930,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Adam Mansbach's debut poetry collection, genius b-boy cynics getting weeded in the garden of delights, gives us a glimpse at what overused terms like "hip hop poetry" should, but seldom do, refer to.
Hip hop is only occasionally the subject matter of Mansbach's poetry -- alongside topics like race, family, consumerism, academia, love, jazz, popular culture and religion -- but a hip hop sensibility infuses his work. He collages words and ideas like the best DJs, samples voices, rhythms and ideas with a skill and wit worthy of the RZA or DJ Premier, twists and invigorates and layers language with up-to-the-minute wit.
And yet, Mansbach is more in the tradition of T.S. Eliot than he is in keeping with the contemporary poetry scene. His best pieces, like Eliot's, are long, winding narratives which shift from topic to topic, their structures revealing themselves cagily. Poems like "It's Your World Tour," "Black Marbles," and "Sticknmove" are searingly insightful, strikingly personal, and often hilarious attempts to grapple with the complexities of life. As with Eliot, the uninitiated may have to grab a reference book to properly understand all of Mansbach's allusions, but in this case the privileged insiders are more likely to be genius b-boy cynics than scholars.
Mansbach's scope of reference is so wide, though -- as Michael Eric Dyson, author of Holler If You Hear Me: Searching for Tupac Shakur, has written, he is "equally comfortable with high cultural classicism and vernacular vibrations" -- that his work is challenging to almost any reader.
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By dmc on November 29, 2001
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There's some terrific stuff in here. Playfulness, inventiveness, nonstop supercharged language. Mansbach is as talented with words as any writer. The book will give your intelligence a workout. And it's FUNNY-- without ever undermining its serious intentions. Very impressive. Shackling Water was no accident.
And I should add: for poetry with such an aggressive intelligence, there's a lot of heart in it, some moments of sublime tenderness-- "Black Marbles," "Sin Titulo." Really quite amazing.
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Bought this for one poem in particular but it didn't end up being in this volume so still searching... Not having any expectations, I was very pleasantly surprised. Beautiful & meaningful words in hip-hop style (my favorite). Makes me want to hear Adam read them.
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this is a great book. mansbach used to to publish a journal called elementary, and so i thought i'd check out genius b-boy cynics. i started reading it on the train and couldn't put it down until i finished the enire thing.
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