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Outlandish Blues

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ISBN-10: 0819565849

ISBN-13: 9780819565846

Edition: 2003

Authors: Honor�e Fanonne Jeffers, Honor�e Fanonne Jeffers

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Fierce and sensual, the poems in Outlandish Blues merge everyday speech with a shimmering lyricism and burst from the page into song. Honoree Fanonne Jeffers sees the blues, what she terms the "shared 'blue notes,''' as an important intersection between the secular and the divine, and between the various African American vernacular traditions, from spirituals to jazz. Part Nina Simone, part Bessie Smith, her poems are filled with a sweaty honesty, moving from the personal to the collective experience. This movement is often accomplished through the use of personae, concentrated here in a stunning series of poems on the Biblical figures of Hagar and Sarah. Whether about a contemporary…    
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Book details

List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Publication date: 4/29/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 72
Size: 1.00" wide x 1.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.242
Language: English

Fast Skirt Blues
Muse, a Lady Cautioning
The Battered Blues (Four Movements)
Don't Know What Love Is
Worn Blues Refrain
Pantoum for a Black Man on a Greyhound Bus
Think of James Brown Pleading
Sarai Gives Hagar the Egyptian to Abram
Hagar's Night with Abram
Sarai Waits for the Birth of Hagar's Son
Hagar to Sarai
Sarah Overhears the Three Angels Telling Abraham God Will Destroy Sodom
The Wife of Lot Before the Fire
The Wife of Lot Has a Premonition of Her Death
The Wife of Lot Witnesses Her Husband offering Their Two Daughters to Sodom's Crowd
The Wife of Lot After the Fire
The Two Daughters of Lot After the Fire
Sarah Gives Birth to Isaac
Sarah Confronts Abraham over Hagar
Hagar in the Wilderness
The Book of Alabama: Chapter Coltrane
Five Note Range of Sorrow
Day Clean
Outlandish Blues (The Movie)
Now with the Morning
Incident at Cross Plains (The Lynching of William Luke, 1870)
Unidentified Female Student, Former Slave (Talladega College, circa 1885)
Confederate Pride Day at Bama (Tuscaloosa, 1994)
Aretha at Fame Studios