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Last of the Po'Ricans y Otros Afro-artifacts (Nuyorican World) Paperback – November 25, 2013
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"Like a cool glass of water on a hot summer day . . . no . . . more like an oasis not a mirage on this desert we call earth . . . not4Prophet comes to bring relief . . . to let you . . . me . . . all thinking people know . . . we are not alone . . . ." - Nikki Giovanni, Poet "In LAST OF THE PO'RICANS, Not4Prophet delivers "The Daily News" of poetry in a hip-hop beat entangled in blues/plena/ rock 'n roll/punk/fusion/folk jazz mixed with explosive emotions crafted into each outburst. He delivers rapid fire political, apolitical, patriotic, treasonous, nationalistic, anti-capitalistic, take it or leave it, fuck it, in your face poetry that excites and incites." -Jesus Papoleto Melendez, Nuyorican, poet and author of HEY YO! YO SOY! "Not4Prophet's LAST OF THE PO'RICANS, is a BeBop collage of images that saturate the mind with images of an El Barrio word warrior. It takes you on his trip through the 'hood in his heart and mind with a keen sense of alliteration as his signature." - Abiodun Oyewole, poet, teacher and founding member of the American music and spoken-word group, The Last Poets "The poet's nu, yo, and he's rican as ri can. He claims to be po'rican, and that po is for the poEMS you know, bro, as the rican is rich as a tostones slangwhich. . . . a Prophet for our time." - Bob Holman, founder of the Bowery Poetry Club"
About the Author
NOT4PROPHET was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico and raised in East Harlem, the South Bronx, and Brooklyn in New York City. He is a dirt roots community activist, underground-Hip Hop MC, political Punk Rock shouter, graffiti writer, off-peak-hours actor and last but never least, a poor (mans) poet and/or barrio bard. VAGABOND is a filmmaker and multi-disciplinary artist who was born in Brooklyn to Puerto Rican and Jamaican parents. He has written, produced and directed the documentary RICANSTRUCTING VIEQUES, and the award-winning feature film, MACHETERO.
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The poems in this book are intensely lyrical, rhythmic, heart wrenching, raw, painful and hopeful. Simultaneously furious and tender, they echo the song lyrics (not4)Prophet wrote as lead singer for Puerto Punk cult band Ricanstruction in the 1990s. Alliterating his way into our hearts/minds, (not4)Prophet weaves together anything-but-linear poetic narratives with unpredictable twists and turns that are rich in historical and cultural detail. These details are in fact so rich (and often also surprising and rare) that I could only marvel at the ingeniousness of what I was catching while also wondering about everything that was flying over my head. While often relying on dystopian themes and imagery, Last of the Po’ Ricans y Otros Afro-Artifacts is at its core deeply committed to freedom, health and wholeness. It represents a strangely fitting way to be utopian in our times.
For those who are familiar with and feel a special connection to New York City (specifically its rich Nuyorican/Puerto Rican roots), the content within these pages serves up a profoundly vivid imagery that is simultaneously eerie and relatable.
A particularly stand-out piece has to be "Private Property" (including a quotation from Miguel Pinero, co-founder of the renowned Nuyorican Poets Café: "Not one damn brick belongs to me, not one damn block!" which perfectly sets the tone for this particular piece). "...and although they say I am worth-less, they still want all I am worth. I cost nothing for now, but I am not free and I am not mine. Because mi casa no es mia and today I am still someone else's private property..." The clever wording that structures the theme(s) of this piece elucidates the very subtle yet real contradictions and in-sanity, perhaps in its most authentic and true form, that pervades our society.
Ultimately, N4P's words are to be read and then reread... and then passed on as they are sure to assist in our respective journeys/missions to bring about a necessary societal change. "Words are weapons." -N4P