Some weeks you Blurbarians really blow our minds. So many glorious new books were added to the Bookstore this week that when it came time to pick our Book of the Week, we were stumped. To see what I mean, check out our (count ‘em) two new Books of the Week: four walls and They Tow No More.
The verse in four walls: A spoken word / slam poetry / guerrilla freestyle documentary is not your garden-variety “roses are red/Violets are blue” material. These are the writings of four poets who together who rock the mic in Knoxville, Tennessee as the slam poetry group Black Sunshine. Photos show them in action, alongside interviews describing their influences, trials, and inspirations. To introduce these spoken word artists, the authors quote Søren Kierkegaard’s 1843 description of a poet as someone “whose lips are so fashioned that when sighs and groans pass over them they sound like beautiful music.” Read the rhythmic verses put in print by G.W. Rogers & Kenny Stephens, and you’ll reckon that Søren had the right idea.
As you might guess from all that rust, it’s been awhile since vintage tow trucks in They Tow No More have been poetry in motion. But now they’re poetry on the page instead – hard to believe this is author Ben Bird’s first photography book. “Give me the old iron any day,” says Ben – and after seeing the rich textures of the trucks he commemorates with such obvious care, I have to agree.