Poetry

Pre-order my new book, NOT A LOT OF REASONS TO SING, BUT ENOUGH, here.

Here are a few of my most popular spoken word poems, plus a link to my book below. If you like them, find many more poems via my Youtube channel.

quicksand
a pragmatist's guide to magic
handshakes (on letting go)
when they look right through you
ten responses to the phrase "man up"
consent at 10,000 feet
the art of taking the L
matches
how to explain white supremacy to a white supremacist
the family business
small talk
police make the best poets

Bonus: Here is a CLASSROOM-FRIENDLY version of “ten responses to the phrase ‘man up'” AKA a version where I don’t curse in the very first line.

Bonus: Here is an artist talk I did with the White Bear Center for the Arts, especially for people new to spoken word.


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

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

Purchase A Love Song, A Death Rattle, A Battle Cry (available as a book, e-book, or audio book!) via Button Poetry.


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