Broke Baroque

Tony Medina

Broke Baroque

Tony Medina

Distributed for 2Leaf Press

Introduction by Reed Ishmael
176 pages | 6 x 9
Paper $18.95 ISBN: 9780988476356 Published July 2013
E-book $9.99 ISBN: 9780988476394 Published July 2013
BROKE BAROQUE is the third in a series of Broke Books by the poet, Tony Medina. The poetry is centered on Medina’s iconic "Everyman’s” character "Broke,” a character that bears witness to his plight of homelessness in a humorous yet profound way. The poetry is peppered with subtle images that talks about Broke’s existence and life experiences on the streets of "Any City” through tall tales, anecdotes, episodes, rants and jokes that eloquently convey his marginalization in an unaccommodating society. With razor-sharp scatological whimsy, Medina’s iconic ironic existential every man — Broke — bears witness to the plight of homelessness from his curbside porch, torching the capitalist system and its myriad societal contradictions. Using his trademark sardonic wit, Medina portrays Broke’s anger, fear, humility and resolve with humor, but at the same time manages to bring moments of levity and hopefulness to Broke’s plight. BROKE BAROQUE also gets people to acknowledge the growing number of homeless men, women and children that are multiplying in communities around the country and encourage action. Funny and perversely sharp, whimsical and impassioned, BROKE BAROQUE is compulsively readable and will connect with any book and poetry lover alike.
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