I will admit I have only read a little more than half of Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre’s A Love Song, a Death Rattle, a Battle Cry. However, I like to think I have read enough and seen enough of his work on Facebook videos, YouTube, etc. to write this review.
Kyle Tran Myhre is not an easy read. I have only found a few poems, songs or essays that I can relate to. There are several beautiful lines that he has created, but those taken out of context, makes the whole work lost. He is an activist who knows his advantages and disadvantages. He knows the issues we as a country face. He speaks for people who have no voice. And he speaks well.
He writes poetry, songs, essays, explanations and so much more. The book is broken up into each of his formats. And while each is its own piece of work, sometimes they mirror each other in subject, words, phrases and of course, their hope to have their audience not just hear them, but to listen to them as well.
There are even a few questions and discussion pieces at the end of the poetry section. While Tran Myhre does not think himself a teacher in the way his grandmother was, he is a teacher, student and artist. He is an intelligent person wanting to help, be heard and to create art. His brush is his pen and voice.
I recommend finding him on his website, through Button Poetry or Facebook to hear him speak. This will help with understand his written word. Most (if not all) of the poems and songs would best be heard, then read.