Blues Narratives

Blues Narratives

by Sterling D. Plumpp
     
 

Plumpp's new poems show his extraordinary sense of the movement of speech and the poetic line, his dazzling metaphors, and his ability to turn language inside out and upside down by looking within the words and rhythms of what we commonly say without thinking. In his poetic versions of the blues, he brings something new into American poetry both technically and

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Plumpp's new poems show his extraordinary sense of the movement of speech and the poetic line, his dazzling metaphors, and his ability to turn language inside out and upside down by looking within the words and rhythms of what we commonly say without thinking. In his poetic versions of the blues, he brings something new into American poetry both technically and spiritually.

Plumpp's blues narratives are a poetic form and a dialogue between poet and subject—they are unlike anything else in American poetry: a vital, passionate, haunting poetry meant to be read and spoken and sung.

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Black Issues Book Review
Carl Sandburg Award-winning poet Sterling Plumpp hollers blues onto each page of text, fashioning work songs from the mouths of kin to eulogize ancestors into a final living space in the reader's imagination.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781882688203
Publisher:
Northwestern University Press
Publication date:
04/28/1999
Pages:
72
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.10(d)

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The highly subjective, personal focus on telling one's story-directly, simply-so it stands for, invites, the collective drama as echo, affirmation. Can I hear somebody say, Amen.

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