Kyle "Guante" Tran Myhre "A Love Song, A Death Rattle, A Battle Cry." (Book w/ attached CD)
Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre is an MC, two-time National Poetry Slam champion, activist and educator based in Minneapolis, MN. His work has appeared everywhere from the United Nations, to Welcome to Night Vale, to Upworthy and beyond, and he currently makes a living traveling to colleges, conferences, and high schools, using spoken word as a jumping-off point for dialogue around identity, power, agency, and activism.
One part mixtape, one part disorientation guide, and one part career retrospective, this book brings together spoken word poems, song lyrics, and essays from the past decade of Guante’s work. From the exploration of toxic masculinity in "Ten Responses to the Phrase 'Man Up'" to the throwback humanist hip hop of "Matches" (from the album-length Dem Atlas collaboration Sifu Hotman) to a one-act play on the racial and cultural politics of Eminem, A Love Song, A Death Rattle, A Battle Cry is a practitioners eye-view of the intersections of hip hop, poetry, and social justice.