Longtime RVA artist and musician, Michael “Mikemetic” Williams, recently released his first book of poetry. Combining hip hop culture and the Japanese Haiku form, the aptly titled Hood Haiku appropriates the three-line, 17 syllable formula to describe life in the ‘hood.
His book is divided into themes examining everyday life, including chapters “Eats and Liqs,” “Out the Boom Box,” and “The Realness.” Demonstrating his hip-hop bona fides, Mikemetic drops several gems:
Need a head nod fix?
Bump Rugged Tranquility
Borne, by Brad Ohbliv
Another late night
In front of 88 keys
In addition to explicit nods to hip-hop culture, Hood Haiku demonstrates the power of hip-hop literature to portray city life when crafted by a true head. There’s nothing fake or forced about Mikemetic’s writing. Hood Haiku has given us a new cipher.
This book is the result of a collaboration between Mikemetic and RVA imprint, *Fist City Press. Dedicated to publishing the best in urban arts and letters, Fist City has several more releases planned for 2017, including a book on breaking and capoeira and a collection of Afrofuturist short stories.
You can check out Mikemetic reading this Wednesday, 6/21, at Chop Suey, from 6-7pm, this Friday, 6/23, from 6-7pm at Brewer’s Cafe, and throughout Richmond and the nation this summer. Hood Haiku and be purchased online at: fistcitypress.com.
Mikemetic has been a staple in RVA’s arts and culture scene
Words by Kevin Kosanovich – follow him on twitter at @Kevinkos81
*Kevin Kosanovich is the owner of Fist City Press