within such tight frameworks, though, Jackson consistently surprises and
engages. You think you know what each poem is going to be about—and you're not
wrong, but you're not entirely right, either."
- Jay Gabler, Twin Cities Daily Planet in his review of my book, Any
Psalm You Want
I got home, I thought about your poem again and just had to sit down and
- E. Webster, actor/comedian/musician/wonderful, wonderful soul.
guy's the real deal."
- Simone Beaubien, Boston Cantab slam master and peanut butter pie expert.
like a mix of Saul Williams and Pablo Neruda..."
- Valentine Stalinas, brilliant OKC poet and man of extraordinary taste.
writes of love, loss, family, and justice, of slavery, civil rights, and the
streets. Most of the selections left me wondering, "What is the back
story? Who are these people? What am I missing?" not in a way that
leaves the reader frustrated, but in a way that leaves the reader coming back
to read the poems again.
-Paul Mastin, reviewer for Reading Glutton
the freshest, most original slam performer I've seen."
- Mighty Mike McGee, national slam champion and impeccable master of puppets.
poetry should be read aloud. And that’s why it has taken me so long to
write this review. From the moment I began Khary Jackson’s Any Psalm You Want,
his intense, electrifying language said, “Speak me!” so I did. And
then, of course, I had to do it again, still allowing his words to fly
trippingly from my tongue, and focusing on meaning, the sum total of
passionate imagery, metaphor, symbol, historical allusion—of
communication vibrant and intense. This is a brilliant book."
--Bruce Roberts, Synchronized Chaos
"Khary doesn't present things politely, but his passion comes through so
strong and passionately. Reading this has made me realize, now more than ever,
that I must see Khary perform live."
are so weird."
- Many kids I've worked with over the years. Many, many of them.