Blues Poems

ISBN-10: 0375414584

ISBN-13: 9780375414589

Edition: 2003

Authors: Kevin Young

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Born in African American work songs, field hollers, and the powerful legacy of the spirituals, the blues traveled the country from the Mississippi delta to "Sweet Home Chicago," forming the backbone of American music. In this anthology—the first devoted exclusively to blues poems—a wide array of poets pay tribute to the form and offer testimony to its lasting power. The blues has left an indelible mark on the work of a diverse range of poets: from "The Weary Blues" by Langston Hughes and "Funeral Blues" by W. H. Auden, to "Blues on Yellow" by Marilyn Chin and "Reservation Blues" by Sherman Alexie. Here are blues-influenced and blues--inflected poems from, among others, Gwendolyn Brooks, Allen Ginsberg, June Jordan, Richard Wright, Nikki Giovanni, Charles Wright, Yusef Komunyakaa, and Cornelius Eady. And here, too, are classic song lyrics—poems in their own right—from Bessie Smith, Robert Johnson, Ma Rainey, and Muddy Waters. The rich emotional palette of the blues is fully represented here in verse that pays tribute to the heart and humor of the music, and in poems that swing with its history and hard-bitten hope.
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List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/2/2003
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 4.50" wide x 6.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Standards (Blues Poems before World War II)
Langston Hughes
The Weary Blues
Langston Hughes
Morning After
Langston Hughes
Beale Street Love
Langston Hughes
Song for a Dark Girl
Langston Hughes
Midwinter Blues
Langston Hughes
Too Blue
Langston Hughes
Note on Commercial Theatre 26
Fenton Johnson
Claude Mckay
The Harlem Dancer
Nancy Cunard
Memory Blues
Countee Cullen
Colored Blues Singer
Sterling Brown
Ma Rainey
Sterling Brown
Nicol�s Guill�n
High Brown
Melvin B. Tolson
Sootie Joe
Maxwell Bodenheim
Street-level Jazz
W. H. Auden
W. H. Auden
Funeral Blues
Muriel Rukeyser
George Robinson: Blues
Leopold Senghor
Nd�ss�, or“Blues”
Owen Dodson
Charles Edward Smith
Blues Stanzas
Richard Wright and Langston Hughes
Red Clay Blues
Richard Wright
The FB Eye Blues
Vincent Mchugh
Dicty Blues
Waring Cuney
Down-home Boy
Waring Cuney
Carry Me Back
Waring Cuney
Let Me Tell You Blues Singers Something
Gwendolyn Brooks
Queen of the Blues
Some Songs W. C. Handy St
Louis Blues
Mamie Smith
Crazy Blues
MA Rainey
See See Rider Blues
Bessie Smith
Empty Bed Blues
Bessie Smith
Backwater Blues
Bessie Smith
Gimme a Pigfoot
Wild Women Don’t Have the Blues
Richard M. Jones
Trouble in Mind
Blind Willie Johnson
Jesus Make Up My Dying Bed
Son House
Death Letter Blues
Robert Johnson
Kindhearted Woman Blues
Robert Johnson
Hellhound on My Trail
Robert Johnson
Love in Vain
Jimmy Rushing
Sent for You Yesterday
Good Morning Blues
Muddy Waters
Hoochie Coochie Man
Big Mama Thornton
Hound Dog
Form Jayne Cortez
You Know
Amiri Baraka
Look for You Yesterday, Here You Come Today
Sonia Sanchez
Sonia Sanchez
Blues Haikus
Sonia Sanchez
Set No. 2
Nikki Giovanni
Master Charge Blues
Margaret Walker
Inflation Blues
Quincy Troupe
Woke Up Crying the Blues
Elizabeth Alexander
Letter: Blues
A. Van Jordan
Cheating Woman Blues Haiku
Etheridge Knight
Feeling Fucked/Up
Facing off James C. Morris
The Blues
Kenneth Rexroth
Married Blues
Kenneth Patchen
Lonesome Boy Blues
Henry Dumas
Concentration Camp Blues
Henry Dumas
Outer Space Blues
Derek Walcott
Sherman Alexie
Reservation Blues
Gustavo P�rez Firmat
Bilingual Blues
Marilyn Chin
Blues on Yellow
Carl Phillips
Gayl Jones
Deep Song
Calvin Forbes
Calvin Forbes
Some Pieces
Darrell Burton
Broom Song
Allen Ginsberg
Sickness Blues
Sandra Mcpherson
Bad Mother Blues
Afaa M. Weaver
June Jordan
Uncle Bull-boy
Tracie Morris
Get Away 1928
Sean Hill
Joe Chappel’s Foot Log Bottom Blues 1952
Alan Dugan
Swing Shift Blues
Billy Collins
The Blues
Figures Sherley Anne Williams
Any Woman’s Blues
Cornelius Eady
I’m a Fool to Love You
Cornelius Eady
Muddy Waters & the Chicago Blues
Cornelius Eady
Kevin Young
Langston Hughes
Willie Perdomo
Song for Langston
Sterling Plumpp
Muddy Waters
Honor�e Fanonne Jeffers
Big Mama Thornton
Charles Wright
Poem Almost Wholly in My Own Manner
John Berryman
Dream Song [no. 40]
David Wojahn
John Berryman Listening to Robert Johnson’s
King of the Delta Blues, January 1972
Forrest Hamer
David Rivard
Not Guilty
Alfred Encarnacion
Bulosan Listens to a Recording of Robert Johnson
Freight Al Young
The Blues Don’t Change
G. E. Patterson
Yusef Komunyakaa
Yusef Komunyakaa
For You, Sweetheart, I’ll Sell Plutonium Reactors
Yusef Komunyakaa
Woman, I Got the Blues
Catherine Bowman
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