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I Live in Music

I Live in Music

by Ntozake Shange, Eric Baker, Romare Bearden
     
 

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Shange's lyrical poem is a tribute to the language of music and the magical, often mystical, rhythms that connect people. Music defines who we are as individuals, the places where we live, and how we exist within our communities. Music is life.

Written in a syncopated style that has its own melody, the poem is perfectly married to twenty-one extraordinary and

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Shange's lyrical poem is a tribute to the language of music and the magical, often mystical, rhythms that connect people. Music defines who we are as individuals, the places where we live, and how we exist within our communities. Music is life.

Written in a syncopated style that has its own melody, the poem is perfectly married to twenty-one extraordinary and diverse works from Romare Bearden who once said, "I paint in the tradition of the blues."

Here is a unique and visionary book that speaks, indeed sings, to both children and adults and is, at once, compelling, profond, and entertaining.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This galvanic fusion of poetry and mixed-media art leads readers on a dreamy stroll though a jazz-and-blues-drenched universe, from an urban setting to a bayou. Novelist/playwright Shange provides the synaesthetic text, imagining music through all the senses: ``sound/ falls round me like rain on other folks/.../ i cd even smell it/ wear sound on my fingers.'' Visually melodious collages by Bearden (1912-1988) offer a lyrical counterpart to Shange's verse. A biography at book's end quotes the artist as saying that as a painter, ``You must become a blues singer-only you sing on the canvas''; his dynamic compositions, listed by title on the final page, effectively echo the music, alternately somber and lively. Golden watercolor tones illuminate areas of lush green in the collage and watercolor Theresa; in patchwork assemblages, scraps of bright paper resemble aging advertisements peeling off a building's facade. A portrait of a trumpet player, Solo Interval, seems literally to smoulder-the mute resembles a chunk of glowing ash. Phrases from Shange's poem insinuate their own meaning into Bearden's visions for an unusually rewarding experience. All ages. (Oct.)
Library Journal
In this mixed media study, Shange's poetry nicely complements the work of noted African American artist Romare Bearden. [For more on Shange, see Neal A. Lester's study on p. 87.]

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780941807098
Publisher:
Welcome Enterprises
Publication date:
12/31/1999
Series:
Art and Poetry Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.60(w) x 11.60(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

Ntozake Shange (b. 1948) is the author of for colored girls--who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf, Sassafras, Cypress & Indigo, Betsey Brown and many other works. Her column appears regularly in Philadelphia's Real News and her most recent novel is Liliane: Resurrection of the Daughter.

Romare Bearden (1912-1988) is one of America's pre-eminent artists. His works are in the collections of every major museum in New York City as well as more than a dozen across the country.

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