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Multicultural outspoken word troupe delivers progressive political metaphors about gentrification, poverty, race, identity, and social justice.


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Multicultural outspoken word troupe delivers progressive political metaphors about gentrification, poverty, race, identity, and social justice.

19 review for Molotov Mouths: Explosive New Writing

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lisa M.

    Political poetry runs a risk. Many writers sacrifice the quality of writing to get their agenda across. The poems do not always leave you breathless; certain lines don't stand out. The poetry isn't necessarily bad, it's just political rhetoric restructured. If political poetry sacrifices the quality of writing for the message of the poem, it can also end up being very run of the mill. Many radical people write poetry, and when the poem is just a message, it doesn't stand out amongst a sea of the Political poetry runs a risk. Many writers sacrifice the quality of writing to get their agenda across. The poems do not always leave you breathless; certain lines don't stand out. The poetry isn't necessarily bad, it's just political rhetoric restructured. If political poetry sacrifices the quality of writing for the message of the poem, it can also end up being very run of the mill. Many radical people write poetry, and when the poem is just a message, it doesn't stand out amongst a sea of them. Unfortunately, this is what I felt like for the majority of this collection. When I read this book, there definitely wasn't any "bad" writing. None of the poems were such bad quality that I cringed. But, a lot of them weren't special, either. I felt like many of them could have been produced by another author with the same agenda - I didn't feel like many of them were very special. I do feel that many of these authors stumbled at times. Quite a few of them wrote "prose poems." Prose poems are so hard to write. The language needs to maintain a certain level, or it just becomes prose. This is especially true since this collection is about politics. Many of these poems read more like personal, political essays rather than poetry. And they weren't necessarily bad - just not something I would read again and consider poetry. I just wanted more from this collection, and expected more from a book published by Manic D Press (a publisher that I love.)

  2. 4 out of 5

    James Tracy

    Of course I love this book as I helped put the damn thing together and have some pieces in it. A few years later I think most of the writing stands up pretty well. Dani Montgomery's piece "Dear Brother" should be read by every counter-recruitment activist around. Josiah Luis Alderete's work is some of the most creative and insightful play between Spanish and English around. When the Molotovs were at our best, we told great stories about the world we live in and wove the politics in throughout. W Of course I love this book as I helped put the damn thing together and have some pieces in it. A few years later I think most of the writing stands up pretty well. Dani Montgomery's piece "Dear Brother" should be read by every counter-recruitment activist around. Josiah Luis Alderete's work is some of the most creative and insightful play between Spanish and English around. When the Molotovs were at our best, we told great stories about the world we live in and wove the politics in throughout. When we faltered is when we got to rhetorical for our own good. But overall, we were Poetically Correct, Politically Direct,

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    Tai

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    solidad

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    Marina

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    Maleka

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    Helena

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    Ananda Esteva

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    Amy

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    cubbie

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    Leilani

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    Ryan Van Runkle

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    Kayla Tadeyeske

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    Mark

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    Peg Keller

  17. 5 out of 5

    The Center for Sexuality & Gender Diversity

  18. 4 out of 5

    Beamish13

  19. 4 out of 5

    Alex

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