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AvantRetro - Albert DeGenova & Charles Rossiter


Back Beat 2nd Edition, 2006
Reformatted, Table of Contents and 11 new poems added.

Poems by Albert DeGenova & Charles Rossiter
112 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/2",
perfect bound paperback
ISBN: 1-933126-18-3

To schedule AvantRetro for spoken word performances with or
without musical accompaniment, send email to
poetman2957(at)yahoo(dot)com
or
Charlie(dot)Rossiter(at)poetrypoetry(dot)org
.

  • Author Profiles - click here to expand profiles

    • Albert DeGenova grew up in Chicago and now lives in Oak Park, IL.,
      on the block that Earnest Hemingway spent his youth. He is a blues
      saxophonist and poet by night, a marketing communications professional
      by day . . . one of those poets lucky enough to be able to use his writing
      talents to earn a living. He was an editor of the Oyez Review, and in
      2000 launched the literary/arts journal after hours where he wears the hats
      of editor and publisher. Al is also half of the performance poetry duo,
      AvantRetro (with Charlie Rossiter), which performs throughout the Greater
      Chicago area. He was one of the handful of poets featured at the Chicago
      Blues Festival 2005
       

    • Charlie Rossiter, NEA Fellowship recipient and two-time Pushcart Prize
      Nominee, hosts the audio web site, www(dot)poetrypoetry(dot)com.
      A widely published poet, his work has been featured on NPR and numerous
      statewide public radio networks. During the '90s, he hosted the Poetry Motel
      TV program, still seen on cable stations in some parts of the Northeast.
      His chapbook, What Men Talk About, won the first Red Wheel Barrow Prize
      from Pudding House Publications. Other works include CR's Greatest Hits,
      1975-2001,
      and Around the House, also from Pudding House Publications.
      He has recently performed at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival in New
      Jersey; the Nuyorican Cafe and Bowery Poetry Club, New York City; the Detroit
      Opera House; and the Green Mill, Chicago. He was among the handful of poets
      selected to perform at the 2005 Chicago Blues Festival. He is profiled in
      Contemporary American Authors.

Review Comments:

Back Beat beats everything for being beater than the Beats.
                - Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Thanks for Back Beat - I loved it. The poems brim with the blood of a poet.
                - Jimmy Santiago Baca

I got your book and it's wonderful . . . the poems are so powerful and beautiful.
                - Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Director Passaic County Poetry Center,
                  Editor of the Paterson Literary Review

. . . one of the most moving, fascinating, interesting books I've read in a long time.
                - Rick Kogan, WGN Radio

Back Beat is a monumental achievement, proof that the beat can survive the millenium.
                - C. J. Laity

Their raw, pulsating poetry and knife sharp prose shows they are true descendants of
Kerouac, Ginsberg, and Ferlinghetti . . . a sweet, choice read.
                - Mark Scarborough, Review in Free Verse.

 

Contents - Click Table of Contents to see the titles of the poems

  • Table of Contents
    • 3    Intro Riff by Norbert Blei
    • Beat Ba-lues by Albert Degenova                        6
    • 10    [Intro]
    • 12    Missing You
    • 13    Findings on the Quest for Truth
    • 14    [Chorus]
    • 15    Baby, Don't Ya Wanna Go
    • 20    [Chorus]
    • 21    (excerpt from Song for My Son
    • 22    [Chorus]
    • 23    Suicide
    • 24    Living with Witches
    • 27    [Chorus]
    • 30    Angels Got the Blues
    • 34    Picture of Eden
    • 35    Kiss Me Again
    • 36    Woman With Barbie Doll Hair
    • 37    Listening
    • 38    The Soul of the City
    • 39    To Jimmy Santiago Baca, In the House Tonight
    • 40    On Telling the Truth
    • 42    Last Supper
    • 43    Satori
    • 44    Back There
    • New Poems
    • 45    Enough Space
    • 46    Living History
    • 47    Nighthawks
    • 48    American Lost Soul
    • 49    When Asked
    • Love Me Now by Charles Rossiter
    • 53    [In the Begginning . . . ]
    • 55    Forget TV
    • 55    Our Way
    • 56    Listen
    • 58    Beware
    • 60    My Nan
    • 61    [Ah Youth . . .]
    • 63    Ocean City Summer
    • 63    That Summer
    • 64    and what parties we had
    • 65    A sand-Sculpted Crucified Christ
    • 66    Campus Politics
    • 67    graduate school
    • 68    True Night
    • 69    [Facing East . . . ]
    • 70    loverpoem
    • 71    Two Haiku
    • 72    The Kind of Moon It Was
    • 73    All I Remember About Manitowoc, Wisconsin
    • 74    The February Wisconsin Sky
    • 74    Solitude
    • 75    A Day in the Life, One of the Better
    • 76    [Beat Encounters]
    • 79    On Capitol Hill at the Tuna Inn I Hear America Singing
    • 81    Everyday Crossroads
    • 82    Downtown in the City of Duck's Blood (Haibun)
    • 84    Ceremony at the 42nd St. Library
    • 85    Fishing in the Tidal Basin
    • 86    Scenario
    • 87    [Performance]
    • 89    Who We Are
    • 90    Divorce
    • 91    The Ex
    • 92    In Cars . . .
    • 94    The First Week
    • 95    I Dropped the Bomb
    • 97    [A Final Nod to Roots . . . ]
    • 98    Cold Mountain 2000: Han Shan in the City (selections0
    • 99    The Great Fixations (Love, Longing, Death)
    • New Poems
    • 101    Chicago is Just a Big Ol' Dog
    • 103    In Raskolnikov's Shoes
    • 105    Alone in a Friend's House After He and His Wife Have Split
    • 106    Down on Grandma's Farm
    • 108    West of Broken Bow
    • 110    The Last Time It Was Like It Was

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