Alive and Paranoid (Paperback)

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Alive and Paranoid (Paperback)

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With brilliant and poignant revolutionary poetry and photography from Georgia-based cultural worker, journalist, and organizer, D. Musa Springer, Alive and Paranoid, the first book in Iskra's Red Poetry Series, is available as both a low-cost, black and white, softcover edition and as a full-color, resplendent hardcover.


"This book was written in the hamster wheel, in the sense that D. Musa Springer penned these poems not in leisure but in labor-in spite and because of the sleepless hustle Amerika demands. Such hustle-against the backdrop of a racist, capitalist society-was only survivable because of the poet's own impulse for writing verse. ...] Springer's 'poetry of purpose, ' is personal and incendiary, it gloats and it weeps, and, most importantly, it is not neatly-trimmed to fit within the borders of a sparkly billboard screen in Times Square. It is blunt and unconcerned with platitudes. Alive and Paranoid journeys through Atlanta, Cuba, dreamscapes of Palestine, and the sonic values of hip-hop, offering a kaleidoscopic look, even a sense of liberty, into Springer's life in the hamster wheel."

-Mohammed El-Kurd

From the Foreword to Alive and Paranoid


"For us, Alive and Paranoid is more than the artistic ramblings of a friend.It is hours and hours of ki kis, criticisms, and disagreements passed back and forth on WhatsApp and in person. In these pages, you will find many reflections that Musa wrote live and direct from Havana, Cuba, where people have been struggling under the weight of 60-year-old economic sanctions placed on the county-with the intent to kill."

-Erica and Salifu

From the Foreword to Alive and Paranoid

Product Details ISBN: 9781088025673
ISBN-10: 1088025676
Publisher: Iskra Books
Publication Date: March 15th, 2024
Pages: 170
Language: English