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  • By Cassandra Tribe
    Oct 12, 2008
    ""The Perfect Duet"" What you don’t expect when you meet Cassandra Tribe is the sense of humor that bubbles beneath the surface. The same poet who has moved her audiences to tears with “Leela Raquel” and made hearts ache with “the dreams of bees”, the same hand that wrote the frightening social commentary “Monster” - is fun to be around. You would expect someone capable of describing forgiveness as a monster sitting on a throne made of “children bound together” to be a bit more dark. Instead, you find a woman who not only is self possessed and has an immediate sense of humor, but who radiates a kind of joy and interest in life that is nothing less than infectious. People stare at her and you get the sense that they’d like to sit down and join the conversation. “I wanted to do a live album.” Tribe says over coffee, “I had just come off helping host an open mic and had begun to do more and more internet radio and I wanted to take my writing somewhere different. What... More > needed to be said needed a different voice and it turned out to be my own.” Recorded in a church in outside Magdalena, New Mexico, “Angel” has only five tracks, but these five come together to form almost 40 minutes of material. “You don’t show up on someone’s stage and do a 14 minute piece unless they are expecting it. The cd let me take some of my newer pieces and give the words the time that they needed.” The result is a cd of poetry that grabs your attention with her performance and moves you, sometimes beyond your comfort zone, with the power of her writing. She has drawn comparisons to Edgar Allen Poe and Anne Sexton and her stage presence brings to mind a young David Bowie. There is something about her that commands attention. All Tribe has to do is walk to the mic and the sense of expectation that takes over the audience is palpable. “The book was a fluke, “ she says, “ when I was sending the cd out for opinions I kept hearing from people that they wanted to see the text. So I thought I would put a small booklet in with the cd but “Monster” alone would have filled the case. One thing led to another and suddenly, one of the people I had asked to preview the cd, who was a publisher, said it has to have a book. And there it is. It was a nightmare pulling off the book in the same time frame as the cd, these things usually take months. We created the imprint CastleDeep Books to marry the two projects and distribute them together.” The book, “The Greedy Heart”. contains all the pieces on the cd and twelve others, including the acerbic title piece. Yet it is her version of Ovid’s morality tale, Baucis and Philemon, that takes center stage. Perhaps one of the best contemporary versions ever written, Tribe doesn’t bother retelling the tale (except in an author’s note) she plunges into the very last moment of their lives and reveals the inner secrets of their hearts. In her hands it becomes possible to have the kind of love that creates a story that will be told until the end of time. The ability she gives her audience to hold her words and listen to them is an experience that begins to allow the layers of her meaning to come to the fore. “What is important, “ she says rising from the small table, “is that you keep trying to find out who you are and how to live. All of that is changing and evolving with every moment. Its much easier to demand the past or hope for the future, the challenge is to become willing to be present.”< Less
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Second Edition
Cassandra Tribe
April 14, 2009
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.54 lbs.
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6 wide x 9 tall
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