by Roger Bonair-Agard

Roger Bonair-Agard’s new book, Gully, journeys from the subverted sport of English gentlemen to the place where a black man might be swallowed up in the throat of trouble. These poems show us GULLY‘s trickster position, the source of song, the lurking place on the pitch that requires quick hands. Gully is metaphor for the subject position of these first-person lyrics filed with a street’s athlete’s dynamism and energy. GULLY is the site of risk and swagger that swings from cricket bats to the diamond crusted smile of Lil’ Wayne.



Roger Bonair-Agard’s work has appeared in numerous publications and anthologies. He is the co-author of Burning Down the House and is a Cave Canem fellow. As the co-founder of the louderARTS Project, he launched and cocurates the louderARTS reading series at Bar 13 in New York City. A veteran of the national poetry slam scene, he is a two-time National Slam Champion and has appeared on HBO’s Poetry Def Jam, The MacNeil-Lehrer News Hour and 60 Minutes. After its recent successful debut in Manhattan, Bonair-Agard’s one-man show “Masquerade” will tour nationally. A native of Trinidad, he lives in Brooklyn.