Very cool. Very, very cool.
As the wayward child of Flannery O'Connor and Spaulding Gray, Sparks has been leveling audiences with her resonating spoken word poems/prose observations on this human toil.
Sparks has it all working here: Her look, disheveled but inent. The verve and the nerve to move beyond Southern caricature into a ribald storytelling that lays all our foibles (not just Momma's, not just Trella's husband's, not just Vickie Pickle's mom's) exposed. The musical accompaniment by guitarist John Jackson, pianist Steve Conn, mandolin legend Pat Flynn, and vocalist Maura O'Connell, never overpowers Sparks, but instead rests her stories into a comfortable, down home feather bed.
For ages poets have filmed their performances, some for vanity and some for posterity. As a published and performing poet myself, it is absolutely great to see how Minton takes her poetry to the stage and how she moves the discipline into the new technology.
Also available are her three CDs: Middlin' Sisters, This Dress and Sin Sick.
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