Poems (Pitt Poetry Series)
Linguistically daring, lyrically breathtaking, stylistically bold, these poems both explore familiar territory and shatter stereotypes. Life is difficult, often unfair, but it belongs to the living, as Coleman reminds us in no uncertain terms. Racing between an earthy eroticism and fatalistic despair, filled with humor and tragedy, these poems are alive. They breathe. They challenge us even as they reward us for seeking the truth.
Praise For Ostinato Vamps: Poems (Pitt Poetry Series)…
--Los Angeles Times
"A sly observer, Coleman continues to shoplift language to address a gamut of psycho-social ills. . . . The inclusive and experimental quality of Coleman’s voice characterizes a truly American aesthetic."
--Black Issues Book Review
“What astounds is the clarity and uniqueness of [Coleman's] perceptions. . . . Highly recommended.”
“Adds a remarkably divergent voice to the richly multicultural strain of recent American poetry. A poet of tremendous range and verbal energy. . . . Coleman is a poet who courts disruptionas a way of making sense of a mind-boggling diversity of values.”
“A veritable atomic bomb of Brechtian-style ‘verfremdung.’ Ostinato Vamps is Coleman’s most accessible and powerful work to date and my third-choice reading of the year.”
—Isthmus Books Quarterly
University of Pittsburgh Press, 9780822958338, 128pp.
Publication Date: October 19, 2003