Adarro Minton; A STATEMENT
I am a poet.
Adarro Minton has been published in the journals, Other:______, Origami Condom, Flashquake, Poetic Voices, Threads, The Culture Star Reader, and the anthology, Reverie. His short fiction, “Three in Love’ was chosen as a top-ten finalist in the Writer’s Digest 71st Annual Short Story Contest. He has studied at the prestigious New York State Writers Institute, and the renowned Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, where he was the recipient of the Archie D. and Bertha H. Walker Foundation fellowship grant.
His first book, Gay, Black, Crippled, Fat! was nominated for a 2006 Pushcart Prize.
Adarro Minton was also a friend, a mentor for poets and an inspiration to many on the Albany poetry scene & abroad.
Adarro passed on March 22, 2011. He will missed.
If you aren’t familiar with Adarro’s work here are some links to his books & some websites that speak about him as well.
MythicAlbany & My Condolences Go Out To All Of Adarro’s Friends & Family.
Crows are in late autumn trees
and you are gone, Empress.
I am broken in the places
you have touched me.
The chain around my neck
is your heavy hands and they are cold now,
smoke leaves my mouth.
My heart beat is a red apple.
I perch on stiff chairs a marionette, unused,
with tattered ropes; freed from your loud party.
I am a smoky jazz trio sadly playing.
I am dark in drunken saloons
with no money for more wine.
Review, 29 May 2006
by Corrine Richter
This collection of short stories is initially deceiving in determining the talent and ability of the author. At first blush I started out with a disappointed “Oy: not another one”. I get tired reading novels by unknowns trying to imitate styles. But I was wrong. The anthology launches with Mr. Minton describing various relationships in what I can only describe as the real or imagined happenings in the hood; complete with the vernacular, thoughts, and inexperience of our youth. That is not a criticism; merely a limiting factor in the facility to adequately portray content. He is, however, poignant in relaying not so fictional emotions. The author has offered us an insight into a broad and fertile mind. Some of his stories are very well written, lead the reader where they need to be, and generally won’t make them suffer for picking up the book. I believe Adarro Minton to be in the process of emerging, as does a beautiful butterfly, from a cocoon. To be fair, most of the less favorable remarks regarding the manuscript are as a result of poor feedback from proofreaders and inadequate editing.
Some narratives are off-hand thoughts that are frustratingly short; forcing me up from my comfortable chair to check the printer for lost pages. I wanted to scream out: “more! Tell me more!” Within stories, it was interesting to note, one could find exquisite attention to detail of the background: but little development of the protagonists. It was often as though the author simply tired of what he was writing, and moved on. However, his depth and range of style brought me to the conclusion that others may find the Minton method of spin to be inspiring and given to planting seeds for further contemplation.
One story seeks to portray the confusion of an elderly Jamaican immigrant; floating between reality and her childhood on the island. Great tale, delivered with all the chaos and confusion experienced by the subjects. It took a slice of life we all know exists; but whose existence and complications we frequently deny.
The basic commonality of all threads is the weaving of gay relationships. It is presented not as anything out of the ordinary, sordid, or shameful: merely a sector of life that is slightly out of the mainstream. It’s comfortable in its presentation and both gay and straight readers can appreciate the foundation messages..
I believe Adarro Minton, once settling into a style he is comfortable with, will be a writer worthy of accolades and great success. Anyone who chooses to skip this collection is doing themselves a great disservice. The book is intense, broad based and just plain different. It is a lasting experience.
Adarro Minton is a fascinating writer of great power and will; his stories move the soul and warm the mind.
Adarro’s work is brassy, insightful, brazen, and uniquely refreshing. You’ll find his writing utterly filled with ingenuous, unambiguous prose: his realism will make you lose yourself among the pages and you will long to return to his writing again and again. After reading Adarro’s work I can’t imagine walking away from his writing and forgetting about what I have read and you too, will carry his stories with you.
Minton’s voice resonates with a tough and still tender realism. He gives spirit and flesh to the disenfranchised.
Richly atmospheric, Adarro Minton’s writing tenaciously captures quotidian details in a fresh and unique way, so much so that life’s seeming invisibilities become whole new worlds worthy of contemplative attention.