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Jelly Roll

Jelly Roll

Kevin Young
4/5 (450 ratings)
In this jaunty and intimate collection, Kevin Young invents a language as shimmying and comic, as low-down and high-hearted, as the music from which he draws inspiration. With titles such as “Stride Piano,” “Gutbucket,” and “Can-Can,” these poems have the sharp completeness of vocalized songs and follow a classic blues trajectory: praising and professing undying devotion , only to end up lamenting the loss of love . As Young conquers the sorrow left on his doorstep, the poems broaden to embrace not just the wisdom that comes with heartbreak but the bittersweet wonder of triumphing over adversity at all.

Sexy and tart, playfully blending an African American idiom with traditional lyric diction, Young’s voice is pure American: joyous in its individualism and singing of the self at its strongest.


From the Hardcover edition.
Language
English
Pages
208
Format
Paperback
Publisher
Knopf
Release
February 01, 2005
ISBN
0375709894
ISBN 13
9780375709890

Jelly Roll

Kevin Young
4/5 (450 ratings)
In this jaunty and intimate collection, Kevin Young invents a language as shimmying and comic, as low-down and high-hearted, as the music from which he draws inspiration. With titles such as “Stride Piano,” “Gutbucket,” and “Can-Can,” these poems have the sharp completeness of vocalized songs and follow a classic blues trajectory: praising and professing undying devotion , only to end up lamenting the loss of love . As Young conquers the sorrow left on his doorstep, the poems broaden to embrace not just the wisdom that comes with heartbreak but the bittersweet wonder of triumphing over adversity at all.

Sexy and tart, playfully blending an African American idiom with traditional lyric diction, Young’s voice is pure American: joyous in its individualism and singing of the self at its strongest.


From the Hardcover edition.
Language
English
Pages
208
Format
Paperback
Publisher
Knopf
Release
February 01, 2005
ISBN
0375709894
ISBN 13
9780375709890

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