leadbelly: poems / Edition 1

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Overview

“It is exhilarating to be invited into a world so large and muscular, so rooted in history, a world where so much is at stake.”—Brigit Pegeen Kelly, National Poetry Series judge

A biography in poems, leadbelly examines the life and times of the legendary blues musician from a variety of intimate perspectives and using a range of innovative poetic forms. A collage of song, culture, and circumstance, alive and speaking.

Tyehimba Jess’ numerous awards include fellowships from the NEA and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. A native of Detroit, he is a proud alumnus of the Chicago Green Mill Slam teams and Cave Canem. His first nonfiction book is African American Pride: Celebrating our Achievements, Contributions, and Enduring Legacy (Citadel Press, 2003).

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It's hardly surprising that Jess won the National Poetry Series for this work, but it might surprise some readers that it's a debut. A biography in verse, this remarkable collection blends resonant imagery with excerpts from letters, interviews, and even contracts to resurrect the immortal blues musician Huddie (Leadbelly) Ledbetter. Poetry has rarely sung like this. (LJ 12/05) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780974635330
  • Publisher: Wave Books
  • Publication date: 10/1/2005
  • Series: National Poetry Series Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 546,175
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Tyehimba Jess' numerous awards include an NEA Literature Fellowship, a Winter Fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center, and the 2001 Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Poetry Award. A native of Detroit, Jess is a proud alumni of the Chicago Green Mill Slam teams and Cave Canem. His book, African American Pride, was published by Citadel Press in 2003.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2007

    Real good poetry

    The poetry in Leadbelly is just astounding! I had the oppurtunity of meeting Mr. Jess during a summer writing workshop and he's a really great guy who worked hard on this piece of art. The effort he put into this book was worth all his time. Reading it will definitely be worth the time, you won't be disappointed.

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