JAMES BROWN IS DEAD AND OTHER POEMS
Publication Date: May 1, 2011
5.5 x 8.5 in / 216 x 140 mm
Hardcover / B&W Interior / 156 pp
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“Starring Eldridge Cleaver as Holden Caulfield.” “Awkward Silence by D.W. Griffith.” “Directed by James Brown.” JAMES BROWN IS DEAD is a series of poems that each employ the language and look of the opening sequences of films. The poems feature a series of made-up films starring and made by real figures from cinema and beyond as well as real films inexplicably cast with and shot by unlikely persons and groups drawn from history.
Jibade-Khalil Huffman is the author of â€œ19 Names For Our Bandâ€ (Fence Books, 2008). In 2009 he curated â€œWRONG: A Program of Text and Imageâ€ at Eighth Veil in Los Angeles, as well as edited the accompanying anthology of art and writing, â€œAfter Stanley Donen.â€ In 2010 he performed the first in a series of poems-as-slideshows, â€œMonster Island Czarâ€ at MoMA/P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center. His awards include the Grolier Poetry Prize, the Jerome Foundation Travel Grant and fellowships from the Millay Colony for the Arts and the UCross Foundation. He is a 2010-2011 Workspace Artist-in-Residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in New York. Educated at Bard College and Brown University, he lives in Brooklyn.