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My Black Angel: Blues Poems and Portraits
     

My Black Angel: Blues Poems and Portraits

by Kim Addonizio
 

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Kim Addonizio’s latest collection of poetry, My Black Angel”  Blues Poems and Portraits, is an amazing work; featuring woodcuts by book artisan Charles D. Jones, My Black Angel is both an auditory pleasure and visual feast. 

First, Addonizio’s poetry celebrates the blues tradition in poetry much the way Langston Hughes,

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Kim Addonizio’s latest collection of poetry, My Black Angel”  Blues Poems and Portraits, is an amazing work; featuring woodcuts by book artisan Charles D. Jones, My Black Angel is both an auditory pleasure and visual feast. 

First, Addonizio’s poetry celebrates the blues tradition in poetry much the way Langston Hughes, James Weldon Johnson, and Paul Laurence Dunbar did; she understands, feels, knows blues rhythms and the result is an incomparable and important poetry. 

Furthermore, Jones’ accompanying art encompasses the blues medium and personalities Addonizio so aptly employs in her poetry:  edgy and surprising, multifaceted with concurrent streams of meaning, his woodcuts feature such blues personalities as Blind Willie Johnson, Robert Johnson, Billie Holliday, Muddy Waters, Lightnin’ Hopkins, John Lee Hooker, Big Mama Thornton, and more.  The concert resultant from this collaboration is a dynamic performance bound to turn readers’ attentions to the music and tradition of the blues, to seek out the sources, to immerse in the blues.

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The peerless poetry of Kim Addonizio would be reason enough to grab My Black Angel.  These poems deliver her reliably remarkable clarity, edge and emotion. Add to that the breathtaking woodcuts of Charles D. Jones and you get a collaboration of lines carving light out of darkness, the textures of the blues. The plentiful pleasures of this book will rouse both your eyes and ears.--Terrance Hayes

I don't just hear the blues in these poems
I see the blues in these poems
I see myself in these poems
Of women in love
and out of luck
Of one legged men
wanting love
Of the homeless
the forgotten
the betrayed
the scorned
Of the beautiful and mighty
rising out of the dust
of faithful memories that hang on
and won't let go
And I close the book,
inspired.

--Lucinda Williams

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781622880379
Publisher:
Stephen F. Austin State University Press
Publication date:
11/14/2014
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.60(d)

Meet the Author


KIM ADDONIZIO received her BA and MA from San Francisco State University, and has spent much of her adult life in the Bay Area. She currently lives and teaches workshops in Oakland, California. Addonizio has received numerous awards for her work, including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, a Pushcart Prize, and the John Ciardi Lifetime Achievement Award.

CHARLES D. JONES, a printmaker, is the director of LaNana Creek Press. He is a Regents Professor of Art at Stephen F. Austin State University

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