Containing over 500 annotated entries for individual poets and several anthologies, this work presents a substantial collection of poems that have been inspired by blues and jazz. Thousands of poems written between 1916 and the present are included. References to individual jazz figures addressed in the poetry are cross-referenced. The range of poems includes homages to jazz musicians and work written primarily to be read with jazz accompaniment. This wide selection of poetry offers a unique guide to the poetry inspired by jazz musicians and their music.
Of interest to scholars and jazz enthusiasts alike, this substantial bibliography, annotated by author and cross-referenced by musician, presents a wealth of information previously unavailable in a single source. The jazz-related poetry identified will attract a range of writers and musicians. Furthermore, the broad variety of poets and anthologies presented crosses many boundaries and will also interest scholars of 20th century poetry, African American literature, and American literature.
About the Author
SASCHA FEINSTEIN is Assistant Professor of English at Lycoming College where he co-directs the creative writing program and edits Brilliant Corners: A Journal of Jazz & Literature. He is the coeditor of The Jazz Poetry Anthology (1991) and its companion volume The Second Set (1996), and the author of Jazz Poetry: From the 1920s to the Present (Greenwood Press, 1997).
Table of Contents
Cross Reference Guide
Chronological Index: Poems Published Before 1970