Jazz Poems

ISBN-10: 1400042518

ISBN-13: 9781400042517

Edition: 2006

Authors: Kevin Young

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Ever since its first flowering, jazz has had a powerful influence on American poetry; this scintillating anthology offers a treasury of poems that are as varied and as vital as the music that inspired them. From the Harlem Renaissance to the beat movement, from the poets of the New York school to the contemporary poetry scene, the jazz aesthetic has been a compelling literary force—one that Jazz Poems makes palpable. We hear it in the poems of Langston Hughes, E. E. cummings, William Carlos Williams, Frank O’Hara, and Gwendolyn Brooks, and in those of Yusef Komunyakaa, Charles Simic, Rita Dove, Ntozake Shange, Mark Doty, William Matthews, and C. D. Wright. Here are poems that pay tribute to jazz’s great voices, and poems that throb with the vivid rhythm and energy of the jazz tradition, ranging in tone from mournful elegy to sheer celebration.
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List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 4/11/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 4.50" wide x 6.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Vamping (Early Jazz Poems)
Jazz Band in a Parisian Cabaret
The Cat and the Saxophone (2 a.m.)
Trumpet Player
Jazz Fantasia
The Jazz of This Hotel
"god pity me whom (god distinctly has)"
Ol' Bunk's Band
Bringing Jazz
Homage to Literature
Jazz Band
We Real Cool
Swinging (Jazz Origins, New Orleans & Ellingtonia)
Touching the Past
The Buddy Bolden Cylinder
In Praise of Buddy Bolden
Black and Blue (What Did I Do to Be So Black and Blue?)
Louis Armstrong
"Jelly wrote"
The Fantastic Names of Jazz
For Sidney Bechet
Bix Beiderbecke (1903-1931)
"Sure," said Benny Goodman
Rose Solitude
Lush Life
Billy Strayhorn Writes "Lush Life"
Four Bongos: Take a Train
The Syncopated Cakewalk
Mood Indigo
Bop (Bird & Beyond)
War Memoir
Walking Parker Home
Crootey Songo
Eleven from Velvet Bebop Kente Cloth
Charles Parker, 1920-1955
May 12
Yardbird's Skull (for Charlie Parker)
Chasing the Bird
Charlie Parker Birthday Celebration, Tompkins Square Park
Charlie Parker: Almost Like Being in Love
Parker's Mood
Filling the Gap
Horn Section
Jazz Is My Religion
Lester Young
String of Pearls
Pres Spoke in a Language
Prez in Paris, 1959
Personal Poem
For Miles
Blue in Green
The Blues of This Day
Melody Forensic
Almost Blue
Art Pepper
Snake-Back Solo
Body and Soul II
Listening to Sonny Rollins at the Five Spot
February in Sydney
Sheets of Sound (Coltrane & Co.)
John Coltrane
Dear John, Dear Coltrane
Here Where Coltrane Is
Reuben, Reuben
Coltrane, Syeeda's Song Flute
After the War; When Coltrane Only Wanted to Play Dance Tunes
Alabama, c. 1963: A Ballad by John Coltrane
William Carlos Williams
Photo of John Coltrane, 1963
Fall Down
For Eric Dolphy
Don't Cry, Scream
Blues for John Coltrane, Dead at 41
"John Coltrane Arrived with an Egyptian Lady"
Rhythm Section
Mingus at the Showplace
Bud Powell, Paris, 1959
One O'Clock Jump
For Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers
Shaking Hands with Mongo
Copacetic Mingus
Elegy for Thelonious
Crepuscule with Nellie
Thelonious Sphere Monk
Listening Images
Ruby My Dear
Free Jazz
Dark to Themselves
Leaving Saturn
C.T.'s Variation
from Written to Music
Music for Homemade Instruments
Gyre's Galax
Muting (for Billie Holiday)
Song for Billie Holiday
Strange Fruit
God Bless the Child
The Secret Life of Musical Instruments
Lady Sings the Blues
Poem in Which I Make the Mistake of Comparing Billie Holiday to a Cosmic Washerwoman
For Our lady
What I'm Wild For
The Day Lady Died
The Journey
List of Authors
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