PRIZE-WINNING POET: Perdomo’s first collection was a finalist for the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award, his second was the winner of the PEN Beyond Margins Award, and his third and most recent collection was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.
WIDELY ADMIRED IN LITERARY COMMUNITY: Perdomo’s previous books have received endorsements from Major Jackson, Aracelis Girmay, Jessica Hagedorn, Chris Abani, Tyehimba Jess, and Adrian Matejka.
DISTINCTIVE VOICE: Perdomo’s poetry has great musicality, a hip swagger, and the unmistakable authenticity of the streets; the language rhythms take on a life of their own and soar.
Advance praise for The Crazy Bunch:
“New York-born Puerto Rican poet Perdomo has been widely recognized for his streetwise lyrics and crackling depictions of life in NYC at the turn of the twenty-first century. In this collection of witty dialogue, fast couplets, and hip jargon, Perdomo immerses readers in his native East Harlem of the 1990s…Perdomo’s colloquial, storytelling style is in full effect, replete with nostalgic recollections ofchildhood haunts, striking in their simplicity. The result is both a whirlwind of colorful rhythms and an enduring portrait of tight-knit friends suffering through loss. [Perdomo is] a talented wordsmith…quick-footed, hip, vivid, and savvy.” —Booklist
“The Crazy Bunch is a miracle and a gift. An ars poetica that ’belly-sings the ambrosial hour’ of an unforgettable crew. Street sonnets, gangsta ghazals, and Boricua blues stanzas face interrogation by the Poetry Cops, but these poems bust free. ’Who you again?’ Don’t bring your dictionary; Willie Perdomo rewrote the damn thing.” —Evie Shockley
“Twenty years after Where a Nickel Costs a Dime, the poet emerges from the lived experience of urban culture with a mature blossoming. Perdomo writes with a faith in the beauty of the intersectionality of what makes East Harlem all things. Perdomo’s is a love that awakens in the beauty of the present moment, with an architecture that pays homage to a culture under siege, to those who died and those who survive in the collective genius of one’s own song.” —Afaa M. Weaver
“The Crazy Bunch possesses the thickness of a book of short stories, and its poems are filled with brio and brilliant language, comedy and grief, nostalgia and notoriety. Perdomo has produced here a new classic, an essential contribution to American literature.” —David Mura
“While ostensibly about a small crew in 1990’s East Harlem, this collection is in effect a most indelible ode to a people, a place, an era. The Crazy Bunch is full of wit and charm and humor; full of hip-hop history and compelling story; full of the keenest of revelations and language that reads as if running off electric current.” —Mitchell S. Jackson
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