Blue Notes: Essays, Interviews, and Commentaries

Blue Notes: Essays, Interviews, and Commentaries

by Yusef Komunyakaa
     
 

Blue Notes offers an assortment of poet Yusef Komunyakaa's writing on contemporary poetry and music. The book is arranged in four sections. The first gathers essays on the work of poets and blues and jazz musicians influential to Komunyakaa's work, from Langston Hughes and Etheridge Knight to Ma Rainey and Thelonious Monk; the second collects a gallery of Komunyakaa's… See more details below

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Blue Notes offers an assortment of poet Yusef Komunyakaa's writing on contemporary poetry and music. The book is arranged in four sections. The first gathers essays on the work of poets and blues and jazz musicians influential to Komunyakaa's work, from Langston Hughes and Etheridge Knight to Ma Rainey and Thelonious Monk; the second collects a gallery of Komunyakaa's poems and the poet's commentary about each of them. The third selects interviews that reveal the development of the poet's aesthetic sensibility. The final section consists of tour artistic explorations that reflect the poet's current interests. Two of these texts, "Tenebrae" and "Buddy's Monologue, " have been recently performed.

As editor Radiclani Clytus makes clear in the volume's introductory essay, although Komunyakaa's poetry has its roots in the stylistic innovations of early twentieth-century American modernists, his writing often reflects his understanding that a "black" experience should not particularize the presentation of one's art. This volume, according to the editor, is an attempt to understand Komunyakaa's critical eclecticism within the context of his own words.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780472096510
Publisher:
University of Michigan Press
Publication date:
03/07/2000
Series:
Poets on Poetry Series
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Blue3
Shape and Tonal Equilibrium4
Journey into "(American Journal)"9
Forces That Move the Spirit12
Control Is the Mainspring14
Tough Eloquence16
It's Always Night22
Improvised Symmetry23
Poetry and Inquiry25
Langston Hughes + Poetry = The Blues31
Improvisation/Revision36
A Note to Bloom38
Troubling the Water43
Nude Study46
Trueblood's Blues48
Jeanne Duval's Confession51
Facing It54
Lines of Tempered Steel59
An Interview with Muna Asali76
Hotbeds and Crossing over Poetic Traditions85
Still Negotiating with the Images93
The Body Is Our First Music107
Yusef Komunyakaa on Etheridge Knight126
Notations in Blue135
Tenebrae147
Shifting Gears151
New Blues153
Shot Down155
Buddy's Monologue157
Blind Stitches and Notes from First Takes162

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