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Dear John, Dear Coltrane: Poems (Poetry from Illinois)
A collection of rhythmic poems with such varied themes as pain, love, and the experience of jazz.
Paperback, 88 pages
Published May 1st 1985 by University of Illinois Press
(first published 1970)
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I’m very glad I read it. Reading these poems both before and after the killing of nine African-American people at their church is both instructive and damning. The poet helps me see the world in a way that I am often too blind to see. These poems, though pretty old, speak as clearly today as they did when they were written. Powerful stuff.