New Book: Tony Medina’s Broke Baroque


BROKE BAROQUE is the third in a series of Broke Books by award-winning poet, Tony Medina. Centered on Medina’s iconic everyman, Broke, a character that bears witness to his plight of homelessness in a humorous yet profound way. BROKE BAROQUE contains poetry peppered with images articulating Broke’s erratic experiences on the streets of Any City, USA. Through tall tales, anecdotes, episodes, rants and jokes, Broke eloquently and irreverently conveys his marginalization in a grossly unaccommodating society. With his trademark absurd and caustic wit, Medina portrays Broke’s anger, fear, humility, and resolve with humor, insight and compassion, bringing moments of levity and hopefulness to Broke’s plight. Funny and perversely sharp, whimsical and impassioned, BROKE BAROQUE is compulsively readable and will connect with any book and poetry lover alike. With a powerful introduction by McArthur-winner Ishmael Reed. Find out more about Broke Books at

TONY MEDINA is an Afro-Puerto Rican poet, professor and activist. A two-time winner of the Paterson Prize, he is the author of sixteen books for adults and young readers, including The President Looks Like Me & Other Poems (Just Us Books, 2013), I and I, Bob Marley (Lee & Low Books, 2009), My Old Man Was Always on the Lam (Nightshade Press, 2010), Broke on Ice (Willow Books 2011), the second book in the Broke series, An Onion of Wars (Third World Press, 2011),DeShawn Days (Lee & Low Books, 2001), Love to Langston (Lee & Low Books, 2002),Committed to Breathing (Third World Press, 2003), and Follow-up Letters to Santa from Kids Who Never Got a Response (Just Us Books, 2003).

Medina has been featured in the documentaries Nuyorc 1999, A Weigh with Words: An Inside Look At How Words Create Conflict or Compassion; and Furious Flower II: Regenerating the Black Poetic Tradition: Roots & First Fruits/Cross-Pollination in the Diaspora/Blooming in the Whirlwind.  His poetry, fiction, and essays appear in over ninety publications and two CD compilations.

An advisory editor for Hip Hop Speaks to Children, edited by Nikki Giovanni, his most recent work is featured in the anthologies Poets Against the Killing FieldFamily Pictures: Poems and Photographs Celebrating Our Loved OnesFingernails Across a Chalkboard: A Literary and Artistic View of HIV/AIDS Affecting People of Color; Full Moon on K Street,Let Loose on the World: Celebrating Amiri Baraka at 75, and Spaces Between Us: Poetry, Prose and Art on HIV/AIDS (Third World Press, 2010). Medina has taught English at Long Island University’s Brooklyn campus and Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY, and has earned an MA and PhD in English from Binghamton University, SUNY. He is the first Professor of Creative Writing at Howard University.

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