A full manuscript of 50 poems inspired by pokemon! There is a poem for each different type of pokemon trainer class and a poem for each city in the 1st generation pokemon games! The special copies you order here come signed by the author and stamped with a wax seal of a pokemon gym badge. (Limited Supply, long shipping time. Sorry!)
A collection of 50 poems inspired by the first generation pokemon games by award-winning spoken word artist RJ Walker. There is a poem for every Trainer Class and City in the games. Each poem progresses like a journey through identity, mental illness, and growing up between the 20th and 21st centuries.
“Trainers of Kanto is the instruction manual with which RJ Walker guides us through the Pokemon world, stripped of all that distinguishes it from our own. The world is a closet lined with too familiar costumes– the forlorn lover, the bishop’s robe, the beach, the burglar mask, the heirloom, the witch’s dress, the doctor, the medicated patient– and he deftly tunnels through them like video game levels. Inside each costume is another costume, then another, then another, and finally lands upon a rock or wedding ring or this heavy book that shifts between the two with uncomfortable ease. Trainers “is not a rock, it’s a door”, one that leads us back to ourselves by rehearsing all the roles we already know by heart. It is a memorable seminar in what video game lovers already know: to escape into the relief of another world, you have to learn the pain of this one. You have to navigate this new one, with this new body, with the old ones breathing down your neck.” - ‘Good Ghost’ Bill Moran, author of Oh God, Get Out Get Out from Write Bloody Press.
"As a die-hard fan of Pokémon games, I expected to love Indigo League, but I didn’t expect to find such an emotional gut-punch. In this collection, RJ provides a master class in the economy of words, crafting concise, brilliant, direct narratives that will inspire readers with their emotional weight, regardless of whether the reader has any familiarity with the source material. RJ creates worlds, lives, and stories that stand on their own as a cohesive, self-reflective collection that reminds me of Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology in its adept poetic ability and its careful attention to character. RJ will take you through a journey of pain, humor, wit, love, loss, and humanity, and I will forever envy his ability to do so in such masterful strokes, setting up clear characters in just a few lines, and then leaving his reader reeling one line later. This is easily one of my favorite chapbooks I have read in some time, and I’m sure that feeling will be shared by anyone who comes across this collection." - Patrick Roche, Award Winning Poet and Author of An Exercise in Necromancy
This book is also available on Amazon, but signed copies can only be purchased here on bandcamp.
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RJ Walker Salt Lake City, Utah
RJ Walker is a Professional Presenter and Spoken Word artist on Salt Lake City, Utah. "What's a spoken word artist?" you may be thinking. Well, RJ Walker is proficient in multiple mediums of spoken word. Voice Over, Voice Acting, Creative Writing, Storytelling, Stand-Up Comedy, Performance (slam) Poetry. He also has experience as a Pitch Artist, and Product Demonstrator.
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