Publication Date: May 1, 2011
5.5 x 8.5 in / 216 x 140 mm
Hardcover / B&W Interior / 156 pp
ISBN: 978-0-9833815-3-2
$16.00 USD
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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 “19 Names For Our Band” (Fence Books, 2008). In 2009 he curated “WRONG: A Program of Text and Image” at Eighth Veil in Los Angeles, as well as edited the accompanying anthology of art and writing, “After Stanley Donen.” In 2010 he performed the first in a series of poems-as-slideshows, “Monster Island Czar” 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.