Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre, 2018
Read the full intro of the book here: “Ten Things Everyone Should Know About Spoken Word and Slam Poetry”
Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre is an MC, two-time National Poetry Slam champion, activist and educator based in Minneapolis, MN. His work has appeared everywhere from the United Nations, to Welcome to Night Vale, to Upworthy and beyond, and he currently makes a living traveling to colleges, conferences, and high schools, using spoken word as a jumping-off point for dialogue around identity, power, agency, and activism. One part mixtape, one part disorientation guide, and one part career retrospective, this collection brings together spoken word poems, song lyrics, and essays from the past decade of Guante’s work. Check out www.guante.info for more; Twitter: @elguante.
“A Love Song, A Death Rattle, A Battle Cry is more than just a book; it is an experience. To say every poem was welcoming would be a lie. To say it gave me hope would be another lie. It gave me fight. It gave me a set of nails, a hammer painted pink, and a dare to build something I always thought was impossible. Go! Get your hands dirty.” –Hieu Minh Nguyen, author of This Way to the Sugar
“A poignant critique of power, privilege, allyship, identity and more, A Love Song, A Death Rattle, A Battle Cry grounds the abstract concepts of social justice in heart wrenching narrative poetry and brilliantly insightful raps. Guante eloquently pulls his readers into the text exposing the humanity in themselves and others while maintaining a standard of accountability – for both himself and his audience. Generously loaded with commentary on his structure, process and pedagogy, this collection is arsenal, consider yourself weaponized.” –Tish Jones, poet and executive director of TruArtSpeaks
“In his book, Guante lays absolutely everything in front of you, and he does not care if you like it. The project of A Love Song, A Death Rattle, A Battle Cry is a monolithic one: Guante has brought together songs, essays, and what feels like all of his spoken word poems, along with his own comments on anything that he feels needs further explanation. It’s riveting, it’s blunt, and trust me, you will be smarter when you finish this book than when you started.” –Neil Hilborn, author of Our Numbered Days