VIDEO PREMIERE: “Pridgen” LIVE from Meat & Milk by Fury Young
Meat & Milk by Fury Young is now available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Waterstones, IndieBound, Books-A-Million, Indigo Books. 200+ plus pages of poetry and original artwork. Retail: $19.95. (Featured photo credit: Brian Goodwin)
“Pridgen” LIVE by Fury Young
Alexander Pridgen was a dear friend of mine, and if you can’t tell from the poem and the video, then that’s a failure on my part. But I think you can. Alex was one of the friendliest people I’ve ever met, and I knew him since 1999 when he moved across the street from where I grew up on Eldridge and Rivington. He was a resident at Rivington House, for folks with AIDS/HIV.
At ten years old, I saw a scary big older dude in a wheelchair, with crooked eyes and a deformed hand who would holler at me and sometimes try to act cute to my mom. I kept it moving. But in my late teens, under some funny and fateful circumstances, I had a pleasant interaction with him one day. Then my mom told me she thought he’d make an interesting documentary subject. At the time, I wanted to do a documentary and shoot it on 16mm film.
Next thing I know I’m knee deep in a production about this guy and getting closer and closer to him. We were fast friends. I’m not sure why we got along so well, but we did. I stayed close with Alex until his dying day, which was January 20, 2015. We would speak at least once a week on the phone and see each other often, sometimes every weekend. When I lived in LA, he became close with my parents and they would take him out for breakfast once a week, and this was after he’d been kicked out of Rivington House for smoking weed and lived uptown.
Alex is someone who lives on in me and in putting together this video I strongly felt his spirit a few times. The book Meat & Milk is dedicated to him, the monolith in the wheelchair. We shot this video in one take, the first take, and after one, well, that was it.
About The Book
Meat & Milk is the debut poetry book of Fury Young, a born and bred Lower East Side NYC poet. The poems, along with the original notebook pages they written on jump off each page of this collection with urgency and lust. Fury writes of his world face value style, with surprise surrealist and abstract turns. Subway cars, deep depression demons, incarcerated lifers, city lovers, sex, rock n’ roll all the time, crackheads, and food is what you’ll find in here. Walk inside the mind of a young poet coming of age in a jaded city, an “incarcerated rabbi with so many questions,” a “porn star without a face,” an “amateur philosopher.” Meat & Milk is a poetry book for the ages that is very much of this age. Whether you are living in a concrete city or doing life in a concrete tomb, you will find truth in Fury’s words and devour Meat & Milk.
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Genre: Poetry and Art
Paperback: 6×9 | 230 pages
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Reviews for Meat & Milk
“In a time of fake digital worlds, Fury is a scream for the Real, a ghetto visionary; an authentic downtown voice which channels the rage of the incarcerated, survival on the streets, and raw dog sexuality.” – Master Lee, legendary NYC street performer, author of How To Be An Artist and Not Lose Your Mind
Fury’s open eyes and open heart allow all that he sees — streets, subway seats, sad faces, singers and songs — to simmer and shape into life-filled lines of image and sound. Meat & Milk gives — not only pages of neatly typed poems — but, also, the source of these poems: the scratches in notebooks, the quotes that spark, drawings and poem’s lines.” – Judith Tannenbaum
Poets don’t usually write poetry. They become poetry. They inhale and exhale metaphors and alliterations like trees give us air. Fury Young is such a poet. His poems are the blueprint of his mind and his soul. His heart provides the passion. – Abiodun Oyewole of The Last Poets, author of Branches of the Tree of Life: The Collected Poems of Abiodun Oyewole 1969-2013
“Sincere, gritty, and powerful. Fury Young’s work correlates with everything going on in the world right now. Amazing collection of poems. Young speaks nothing but the truth.” – Amazon Customer, Amazon
Eloquent and real. A raw, precise, and nuanced portrait of New York City life. – Amazon Customer, Amazon
“With dazzling candor, Young digs into the marrow of his inner being that ultimately instigates a call to action through music and the arts. Meat & Milk is full of the stuff of the everyday that is woven into a bigger, more ambitious picture. The result is a brew that is gripping, moving, sarcastic, innovative, sometimes hilarious, and often uncomfortable, that will resonate within you as it did in me.” – Gabrielle David, publisher of 2Leaf Press