The Second Set, Vol. 2

The Second Set, Vol. 2 : The Jazz Poetry Anthology

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With The Jazz Poetry Anthology, this volume offers a comprehensive exploration of the history of jazz poetry. The Second Set gathers many poets omitted from The Jazz Poetry Anthology, including Gwendolyn Brooks, Arthur Brown, Diane di Prima, Henry Dumas, Nikki Giovanni, David Henderson, Anselm Hollo, Haki Madhubuti, Michael McClure, Larry Neal, Dudley Randall, Eugene B. Redmond, Carolyn M. Rodgers, Ntozake Shange, A. B. Spellman, and Jay Wright. The Second Set fills out the history of jazz poetry with poems written before World War II, as well as those from the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s, and includes contemporary writers from a range of cultural backgrounds, including Ai, Rita Dove, Yusef Komunyakaa, Martin Espada, Joy Harjo, Keorapetse Kgositsile, Michael Longley, Mwatabu Okantah, Charles Simic, Lorenzo Thomas, Derek Walcott, Ron Welburn, and Yevgeny Yevtushenko.Embracing a wide variety of poems informed by jazz, The Second Set also includes statements of poetics by many of the poets more

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  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 148.6 x 214.1 x 18.5mm | 462.81g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253210682
  • 9780253210685
  • 2,033,288

About S H Coleman Memorial Library

SASCHA FEINSTEIN teaches creative writing and literature at Lycoming College. He is the author of Jazz Poetry: From the 1920s to the Present and A Bibliographic Guide to Jazz Poetry. His poems and essays have appeared in Southern Review, New England Review, and North American Review. YUSEF KOMUNYAKAA, Professor of Creative Writing at Princeton University, has published nine books of poetry: Copacetic, I Apologize for the Eyes in My Head, Dien Cai Dau, Magic City, and Neon Vernacular (winner of the Pulitzer Prize).show more

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With The Jazz Poetry Anthology, this volume offers a comprehensive exploration of the history of jazz more

Table of contents

Selected Table of ContentsAi - Archangel; The Man with the SaxophoneSamuel Allen - I Say, Mr. A.Baron James Ashanti - Just Another GigAlvin Aubert - Bessie; Bessie Smith's FuneralHouston A. Baker, Jr. - Tobacco Warehouse Blues; Of Walter White's Father in the RainPaul Beatty - Sitting on Other People's CarsJohn Berryman - Dream Song 68Gwendolyn Brooks - Queen of the Blues; The Sundays of Satin-legs Smith; The Third Sermon on the WarplandArthur Brown - The Assassination of Charlie Parker; Callin Buddy BoldenChristopher Buckley - Nostalgia; Playing for TimeMichael Castro - Blew ItRichard Cecil - Richard's BluesKaren Chase - What You Can't SeeJane Cooper - Wanda's BluesHart Crane - For the Marriage of Faustus and HelenStanley Crouch - The Revelation; Up On the SpoonE. E. Cummings - [god pity me whom(god distinctly has)]Thulani N. Davis - C. T. at the 5 Spot; C. T.'s Variation; Rogue & JarDiane Di Prima - I Ching; Notes on the Art of MemoryMark Doty - Almost BlueRita Dove - CanaryHenry Dumas - Concentration Camp Blues; Listen to the Sound of My HornDave Etter - Monk's Dream; Stuffy Turkey; Well You Needn'tMari Evans - Boss CommunicationSarah Webster Fabio - For Louis Armstrong, A Ju-JuWilliam Ford - Of Miles DavisNikki Giovanni - Genie in a JarSam Greenlee - Memorial for TraneJoy Harjo - Bird; Healing Animal; Strange FruitMichael S. Harper - Bandstand; A Narrative of the Life and Times of John Coltrane: Ply By HimselfDeBose Heyward - Jasbo BrownEdward Hirsch - Art PepperRichard Hugo - My BuddyT. R. Hummer - Poem In the Shape of a SaxophoneAngela Jackson - Billie in Silk; Make/n My Music; OhnedaruthRichard Jackson - ShadowsDavid Jauss - After the End of the World; Black OrchidLance Jeffers - How High the Moon; Nina SimoneJune Jordan - October 23, 1983Robert Kelly - Newark; Ode to LanguageKeorapetse Kgositsishow more

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"As an augmentation of 1991's Jazz Poetry Anthology, The Second Set is as impetuous and bent as a Thelonious Monk song ... It should especially please the jazz culture connoisseur. Feinstein and Komunyakaa ... have created an exquisite mix of poetry, history and personal takes on the literary implications of the musical form." Publishers Weekly "Amazingly often, a single image in a poem seems to achieve a clarity about the music that entire books fail to achieve. Even if you think poetry isn't your 'bag,' give The Second Set a try. It compels you to hear jazz freshly, from a multitude of new angles." Pulse! "This is an anthology to dip into and roam around in, especially when you're listening to the music that served to inspire these poets ... There's much in these pages to seduce aficionados of both jazz and poetry." Jazz Times "Recommended for general and academic collections." Choiceshow more

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