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Poet Yvonne de la Vega was born and raised in Los Angeles and her works embody the very spirit of the city. Yvonne has recorded spoken word with numerous great names in the music and recording industry, including tracks produced by Ray Manzarek of The Doors, she features on "Jump Street" with Herb Alpert, (A&M Records) a Spoken Word and hip hop single that showcases her poetry with Alpert's music. de la Vega's writings appear in a number of literary journals and collections. Her first invitation to become published was in Pearl Number 14 - Fall/Winter 1991, where she appears with Charles Bukowsi.
In the "Hollywood Review", she appears with Hubert Selby Jr., Michael C Ford, and Michael Lally just to name a few. She appears on Malcolm McClaren's "Round The Outside, Round The Outside" album (Virgin Records), with a poem by Garcia Lorca. She has also appeared on several spoken word recordings that producer Harvey Kubernik produced for New Alliance Records, her recording peers consisting of Amiri Baraka, Michael McClure, Wanda Coleman and others.
Her voice is one of social consciousness, compassion and humor, and she often hails the beauty she finds in most every aspect of life, be it in the backyard of a suburban neighborhood, the winding roads of Mulholland Highway or in the eyes of a homeless person heralding prophesies from the corner of Hollywood and Highland. Her own past includes the loss of her family at a very young age which she claims was crucial, stating that,"Poets are given a very heavy dose of life experience in order to fulfill their life's purpose, which is to transpose their tragedies or circumstances using the spoken and written word to reach others, those in need of a similar healing." She concludes that, like a true shaman (to quote Robert Graves), "poets are born and not made", relating that if even just one person out of an audience of one hundred came forward to thank her, or her fellow poets for their message, then their work is done.
Tomorrow, Yvonne. Poetry & Prose for Suicidal Egotists
Yvonne de la Vega
"Not just inspiring but the book itself is eye catching and coffee table worthy!"
"Tomorrow, Yvonne. Poetry & Prose for Suicidal Egotists" is a beautifully designed collection of inspiring and powerful poetry presented in a classic look and feel. It is presented in bodies of epic prose, potent thimbles of poetry and joyous haikus.
Poet Yvonne de la Vega's body of work is compiled in her first book. The presentation of de la Vega's works is a display that beautifully emanates a delicate aesthetic arranged in the classic book design of the traditions evolved and set by the publishers of centuries before, with the exception of the book's paperback cover that is nonetheless eye catching and coffee table worthy. The interior is equally as appealing, possessing an ease of reading with each wonderful poem, due to the layout; the cascading flow of various fonts employed, as well as the images of de la Vega's own beautiful family, used for illustrations.
The book's Foreword is an astonishing contribution by Ray Manzarek of legendary rock band, The Doors. An author himself, the foreword is a beautifully written piece of prose that is an ode to Jim Morrison's "City of Night", as well as a promise that all who read Yvonne are in for "a hell of a good time. "Ray's apparent love for LA. is that common thread that runs through every LA Poet from Bukowski to Morrison, and he honors de la Vega's work from that familiarity of the city they've both shared a lifetime in. Ray muses that, "Yvonne is the lucky little lady in the lights."
In the words of Los Angeles poet Rich Ferguson, "Whether contemplating life, death love, war or hope, she pulls no punches. Her poems go toe to toe with the beauty and brutality of reality and memory, and come out victorious every time. Her vibrancy, her creativity and insights are strong enough to carry the living and the dead, the hopeful and the hopeless."
Iconic and veteran poet Michael C Ford states, "Yvonne is, quite simply, universal. She speaks in a universally sharp and stringent voice. Whether verbally meditating on the turmoil and terrible beauty of El Barrio La Loma or the deceptive twinkling shroud of Los Angeles lights from the secure porticos high in the Hollywood hills, she writes with an acuity and easy brilliance that just happens to be, at her very best, astonishing."
And, poetry guru Michael Lally announces in his writing of Yvonne de la Vega that, "...There is no one in the world of poetry quite like her, or the world of anything for that matter."
- Publication Date:
- Nov 20 2012
- 0985129379 / 9780985129378
- Page Count:
- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 8.5" x 8.5"
- Black and White
- Related Categories:
- Poetry / Epic