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Jazz Poems

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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 litera
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published April 11th 2006 by Everyman's Library (first published March 2nd 2006)
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Aug 02, 2016 May rated it it was amazing
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After spending such a long time being obsessed with jazz music, I guess it was only a matter of time before I also started reading jazz poetry.

I keep telling my students (I'm currently teaching spoken word poetry to kids) that poetry = music = poetry. Jazz Poems, with its selection of poems written about the genre and for its musicians, confirms this idea through and through. Like a band, the collection is divided into numerous sections: Vamping (early jazz poems), Swinging (my favourite, obviou
Adam Carrico
Aug 20, 2016 Adam Carrico rated it liked it
Compilation itself is a good depiction of the beauty and tragedy of jazz and the blues. Some poems are incredible, others lackluster. One of my biggest takeaways was the unapologetically black nature of jazz, which just led me to thoughts about where that genre has moved over the past decades. The poems dealing specifically as odes to certain artists were the ones that least interested me, but do describe the music quite well.

Also, Lush Life is one of the very best poems I've ever had the pleas
Nick Shelton
Nov 04, 2015 Nick Shelton rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
Really not half bad.

A lot of it was hit and miss.

It had an entire section devoted to Coltrane.
That was dope.

Some favorites
"John Coltrane: an impartial review" -Spellman
"The Secret Life of Musical instruments" -CD Wright
"Mingus at the Showplace" - William Matthews
"Trane" - Brathewaite
"Photo of John Coltrane, 1963" -Sean Singer
Apr 15, 2014 Mike rated it it was amazing
A brilliant collection, lovingly assembled by the incomparable Kevin Young.
Oct 26, 2012 Leigh rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry

"god pity me whom (god distinctly has)" - e.e. cummings
"jazz fantasia" - carl sandburg
"trumpet player" - langston hughes
"rose solitude" - jayne cortez
"charlie parker birthday celebration, tompkins square park" - catherine bowman
Oct 17, 2008 Nice rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
Better than Feinstein and Komunyakaa's series of Jazz Anthology. I going to buy this one next.
Sep 29, 2007 Trebro rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
A great anthology of poems! See my review here:
Jun 19, 2015 Izaak rated it it was ok
Jazz poems just don't do it for me.
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Kevin Young is an American poet heavily influenced by the poet Langston Hughes and the art of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Young graduated from Harvard College in 1992, was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University (1992-1994), and received his MFA from Brown University. While in Boston and Providence, he was part of the African-American poetry group, The Dark Room Collective.

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