The goal was always to be personal without forsaking what’s political. To reveal what one knows about life, not literature. To be honest and exterminate any attempts to be “clean” and fashionable or safely ironic and full of MFA birdbath preening. The goal was to be as surreal as his own life and find ways of not merely reflecting his world – but transform it.
Sometimes his poems are like prayers. Sometimes they are jagged sermons. But they are always self-contained dramas that honor the strength and color of words the way a bluesman stresses his guitar. While the camera eternally eluded him and his sense of rhythm led him to march to the beat of his own drum…he was, in the end, a dramatist who discovered his penchant and zeal for expressing himself directly through words and under the sun.
The second pressing of his initial 2010 chapbook Lying Meat is available through Amazon or by directly contacting the author himself.
With Gentrified Minds, Kangalee broke new ground with his idiosyncratic spoken word poetry, his recalcitrant style of musical theater. Gentrified Minds was a performance piece about gentrification that sought to make poetry “sweat and shiver in the flesh” again. It was inspired by his original “radio-drama” spoken word piece, What Happened to the Brother on the Block? (NY Horror Vol.1)