Poetry •  Politics and African American Studies

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Hakim Bellamy

Winner of the 2014 Tillie Olsen Award for Creative Writing from the Working Class Studies Association

In his debut collection of hard-hitting poems, Albuquerque Poet Laureate Hakim Bellamy addresses the issues important to our day—politics, work, and art. Bellamy moves from a freethinking attitude of deliverance to a provocative new space where the reader can reflect on the poet’s inquisition of the one percent, working-class life in urban and rural America, and the transcendent value of hip hop as one of our top exports and global contributions. Swear politicizes the human condition in a manner that balances the abstract with the concrete.


Hakim Bellamy is the inaugural Poet Laureate of Albuquerque (2012–2014). His work has been widely anthologized and published in Truthout, The Occupy Wall Street Poetry Anthology, Counterpunch, Mas Tequila Review, and other books and journals. Bellamy has written and performed for scores of public venues and forums, from Occupy to the New Mexico State Legislature.


“Bellamy’s work is polemic like Amiri; satiric like Nietzsche; iconoclastic like Mao; passionate like Neruda. Ministering without preaching, Bellamy’s sense of metaphor whistleblows on the top-down without fear of consequence.”


Bruce George, cofounder HBO’s Def Poetry Jam

Published By West End Press

6 x 9 in. 105 pages