Blue Notes: Essays, Interviews, and Commentaries

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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. ...
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Overview


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 four artistic explorations that reflect the poet's current interests. Two of 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.

Yusef Komunyakaa's books of poetry include I Apologize for the Eyes in My Head, Magic City, Thieves of Paradise, and Neon Vernacular, for which he received the Pulitzer Prize and the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award in 1994.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780472066513
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press
  • Publication date: 2/29/2000
  • Series: Poets on Poetry Series
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,531,215
  • Product dimensions: 5.42 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Yusef Komunyakaa
Yusef Komunyakaa's eleven books of poems include Talking Dirty to the Gods (FSG, 2000) and Neon Vernacular: New and Selected Poems, for which he received the Pulitzer Prize. He teaches at Princeton University.
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Table of Contents

Blue 3
Shape and Tonal Equilibrium 4
Journey into "(American Journal)" 9
Forces That Move the Spirit 12
Control Is the Mainspring 14
Tough Eloquence 16
It's Always Night 22
Improvised Symmetry 23
Poetry and Inquiry 25
Langston Hughes + Poetry = The Blues 31
Improvisation/Revision 36
A Note to Bloom 38
Troubling the Water 43
Nude Study 46
Trueblood's Blues 48
Jeanne Duval's Confession 51
Facing It 54
Lines of Tempered Steel 59
An Interview with Muna Asali 76
Hotbeds and Crossing over Poetic Traditions 85
Still Negotiating with the Images 93
The Body Is Our First Music 107
Yusef Komunyakaa on Etheridge Knight 126
Notations in Blue 135
Tenebrae 147
Shifting Gears 151
New Blues 153
Shot Down 155
Buddy's Monologue 157
Blind Stitches and Notes from First Takes 162
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