Red Hot on a Silver Note

Trade Paper – $19.95

ISBN 978-1-880684-22-1
Publication Date
April 1997
Page Count
64 pages
Trim Size
5.5 x 8.5

Red Hot on a Silver Note

Maketa Groves

Jazzy and funky-fresh, Red Hot on a Silver Note combines contemporary themes with hip-hop sensitivity and traditional beat vision. With strong rhythms, cautious optimism and ironic humor, Groves explores racism, love, prejudice, cultural pride, and family relationships. Tough or tender, her poems capture the rhythms of speech—intense and natural, clear and direct, always communicating the sense of deeply felt experience.
About the Author

Maketa Groves lives in San Francisco where she is active in the arts scene, and manages a program that assists students in Special Education within the San Francisco Unified School District.

"...a must-add to personal libraries."  —Multicultural Education

"I'm happy to see the young writers like Maketa Groves pack punch." —Nikki Giovanni

"Maketa Groves has a strong, bright lyric gift. Her poems come out of music and are full of music. They bring us the sounds of the streets and the sounds of nature, and make us see once again that they are parts of the same song. She celebrates American lives as they are lived today: the mother scrubbing her kitchen floor at midnight, the drag-queens in the Tenderloin, the homeless woman knitting in the courtyard. This is poetry that relentlessly shows us the beauty in the world, with all its struggles and complexity, and demands that we go out to meet it with open hearts." —Diane di Prima