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I'm Still Waiting for Someone to Invent Beef Jerky Incense

Though I try to keep an eye on the poetry beat, my efforts are woefully inadequate. Today I’ll do better. In Donna Seaman’s review of Kevin Coval’s Everyday People in the December 1 issue of Booklist, it caught my eye when Donna noted that the white, Jewish, suburban-raised hip-hop poet’s works contain “beef jerky and sandalwood incense.” And if that doesn’t pique your curiosity, too, I don’t know what will.

It doesn’t? What would you say if I told you that Coval has received mad props from both Studs Terkel and Mos Def?

I knew that would get you. Anyway, the printed page is only one way to encounter Mr. Coval. Live is another. A third would be audio or video of a live performance. You know where I’m going with this, don’t you? You can get free audio downloads at, you can find interviews and such on his publisher’s site, and he’s all over the YouTube.

Personally, I tend to favor the classical forms–whither the villanelle?–but I must say, the kid’s got talent.



About the Author:

Keir Graff is Executive Editor of Booklist Publications and the author of five books. His most recent is the middle-grade novel, The Other Felix (2011). Follow him on Twitter at @Booklist_Keir.

1 Comment on "I'm Still Waiting for Someone to Invent Beef Jerky Incense"

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  1.' sandeep says:

    This is 4 all who r cheated by someone close……………..
    and wating 4 someone …… 2 come in ther life & again make it like Heaven on Earth……..********

    and main think is we 4got that person………..

    & show 2 him/her tht we can live witout him/her…………..

    we will prove to him……………..

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