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Favorites:"Ragtime," "Stride Piano," "Errata," "Rhapsody," "Lyre," "Evensong," "Interlude," "Late Blues," "Elegy, Niagra Falls"Excellent use of enjambment/line breaks; wonderful richness of "simple" language, beautiful arc. Best book of poetry I've read in a while.
Witty, wistful, elegiac are among the hues of Kevin Young's blues, Jelly Roll's lyricism, incisiveness, and humor reminiscent of poems by Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Pablo Neruda, its oft-staccato and fragmentary lines deftly and evocatively fusing the "formal" and "colloquial," the result less code-switching than code-breaking. Highly recommended.
I loved this. Great collection of poems that tell the story of a relationship, using music--especially American music forms--to trace the emotional arc of the relationship and tie all the poems together. The language of the poems is musical, the voice decidedly American, often specifically African American. Some of the poems also hark of Emily Dickinson, in their use of long interruptive dashes and short but intensely thoughtful and emotional phrases. The early poems in the collection tend to be...
This was a really fun book of poetry to read... playful and musical and earthy and sexy. I need to read more by Kevin Young.
Kevin Young and The Blues Tradition Kevin Young is the author and editor of seven collections of poetry (with an eighth on the way), winner of the Zacharis First Book (Poets.org) and other awards, and admired professor of poetry at Emory University. In reading Young and considering his words closely, even those which are perhaps tinged with a fair measure of hubris, I step out of the vacuum of my own literary preferences to quickly become aware of how many Americans are little interested in poet...
If you love music and poetry - you will really enjoy this one.
This is the second book of poetry I've read by Kevin Young, the first being BROWN. This collection focuses on the trajectory of a relationship, more on its breaking up and transformations than on its establishment. Most of the poem titles come from musical terminology, and while I am familiar with many of the terms, I'm not always picking up on their connections to the text of the poems. No matter. I enjoy the collection and can recommend it to readers of poetry . . . even if I slightly prefer B...
The dust jacket says “jaunty and intimate,” which is not as direct as “A lot of these are about sex.” Some truly standout poems (including many of those “intimate” ones), but the collection as a whole is not as thoroughly amazing as his *Dear Darkness.*
Wonderful, a blues song every poem.
I like this book because it contains things that go according to the theme and it is also very accurate