Kyle Tran Myhre’s NOT A LOT OF REASONS TO SING, BUT ENOUGH is a sci-fi-flavored exploration of the role that art and artists play in resisting authoritarianism.
Featuring new poems, theater elements, and Casper Pham‘s stunning visual art, the book follows two wandering poets as they make their way from village to village, across a prison colony moon full of exiled rebels, robots, and storytellers.
Part post-apocalyptic road journal, part alternate universe ode to Hip Hop, and part “Letters to a Young Poet”-style toolkit for emerging poets and aspiring movement-builders, it’s also a one-of-a-kind practitioners’ take on poetry, power, and possibility.
Details on Prints
1. A text-based design featuring the words “NOT A LOT OF REASONS TO SING, BUT ENOUGH” in an old-timey printing press font. Design by Fontlove Studio.
2. A sketch of an older woman holding a staff, surrounded by laughing schoolchildren, featuring the words “of what future are these the wild, early days?” Sketch by Casper Pham.
3. Two paintings: one of a figure playing a djembe-like drum, and another of a small child looking up at the drummer. The text reads: “like new islands form from the same eruption, children play the drums without any instruction.” Paintings by SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE.
Praise for Kyle Tran Myhre
This collection is a clear, fantastical, urgent excavation of the self and the crumbling pillars of the structures that surround us. Wondrous language underscores an unforgettable voyage across creative formats, circling the phenomenons that artists are and can be capable of.
— Blythe Baird, author of If My Body Could Speak
Guante rattles, resists, and reimagines the reach and convention of the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves. How we continue to write our hopes, our fears, and our image into every world we build—at times giving new names to oppressive systems we meant to free ourselves from. Not A Lot of Reasons to Sing, but Enough reminds us, especially the artist, that there is no meaningful world-ending without world-building. That our freedom from cycles of violence may exist in the principles of the cypher, the surprise of the arcane, or in the ancient technologies of the classroom, but always at the mouth of our collective brilliance.
— Joseph Capehart, poet & educator
I have never read a book more slowly because every word seems to demand its own moment. Tran Myhre gives us a chance to excavate a lovingly realized bygone world of heroes, thinkers, and poets struggling with the nature of art, justice, and humanity. Pham’s images gorgeously fill in the emotional spaces outlined by the words. In these pages you will find artists and rebels and troublemakers, and they will break your heart wide open.
— Trung Le Nguyen, artist and author of The Magic Fish
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