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The author of the book: Dessa
Edition: Doomtree Press
Date of issue: January 6th 2008
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Dessa is almost beyond description.
Ostensibly: an early-thirties female rapper/songstress from Minneapolis. Member of the Doomtree hip-hop collective; stage presence like no one I've seen perform, ever. Undergrad in philosophy, spoken word poet. Brilliant, and beautiful (seemingly inside as well as out). But the whole is greater than the sum of her parts; she captures something about human experience, in her lyrics and delivery -- vocal and physical -- that few can touch. Listen to the impeccable "Mineshaft II" from her A Badly Broken Code album. You'll see. (Listen to her perform it live, and your heart might fall apart.)
I've been meaning to get my hands on this collection of her poems and vignettes for ages, and finally picked it up last night at the merch table. On a Dessa post-show high, I devoured it today, ravenously. It's short -- won't take more than an hour to get through, even with well-warranted pauses for reflection -- but packs punches. Punches similar in kind to those that hit you in the gut when she bites out lines of her songs, but not identical.
The poems are unsurprisingly stronger than the structurally-clumsy vignettes; Dessa's an excellent example of someone who can say the most in the fewest words. Still, several -- such as "Camera Obscura," the one where she has an existential revelation while drinking Manhattans on a boat with her father -- slice to the core. They may not be the most unique essays or pieces you've ever read, but they are all imbued with that indescribable presence. Many, too, are gorgeous examples of her talent in turning a phrase.
Dessa is a poet, a rapper -- not yet a prose writer, or at least not a great one. But give her time: she's got so much to say, and she knows what she's doing.
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Read information about the authorDessa is a rapper, singer, and essayist who earns her living on the road. She’s performed around the world at opera houses, rock clubs, and sometimes standing on barroom tables. Her imaginative writing and ferocious stage presence have been praised by NPR, Forbes, Billboard, the Chicago Tribune, and the LA Times. As a musician, she’s landed on the Billboard Top 200 as a solo artist; a member of the Doomtree collective; and as a contributor to The Hamilton Mixtape. She’s been published by the New York Times Magazine, MPR, the Star Tribune, Minnesota Monthly, literary journals across the country, and has written two short collections of poetry and essays. She splits her time between Manhattan, Minneapolis, and a tour van cruising at six miles per hour above the posted limit.
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