A Love Song, A Death Rattle, A Battle Cry


Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre, 2018.


One part mixtape, one part disorientation guide, and one part career retrospective, Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre’s debut looks you directly in the eye and doesn’t let you flinch. Ranging from justice to love, community action to personal reflection, A Love Song, A Death Rattle, A Battle Cry is a dedication to craft.

Clocking in before the rest of us are even awake, the book wastes no time. It does the work and beckons you to follow. A compilation of poems, lyrics and essays from the UN presenter, MC, and two-time National Poetry Slam champion, this book is a love song tucked into a grenade, a necessary call that demands a response.

Read the full intro of the book here: “Ten Things Everyone Should Know About Spoken Word and Slam Poetry”

Praise for Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre

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 Not Here

“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

About Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre

Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre is a poet, educator, and activist based in Minneapolis, MN. His work explores the relationships between identity, power, and resistance, and he’s performed everywhere from the United Nations, to music festivals like Eaux Claires… MORE

Additional information

Weight12.6 oz
Dimensions8.5 × 5.5 × 0.625 in

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Page Count

256 pages

Publication Date

February 20, 2018

Author Hometown

La Crosse, Wisconsin



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