by Tyehimba Jess


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2017 Pulitzer Prize Winner in Poetry
2016 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist for Poetry
Named a top poetry book of spring 2016 by Library Journal

With ambitious manipulations of poetic forms, Tyehimba Jess presents the sweat and story behind America's blues, worksongs and church hymns. Part fact, part fiction, Jess's much anticipated second book weaves sonnet, song, and narrative to examine the lives of mostly unrecorded African American performers directly before and after the Civil War up to World War I. Olio is an effort to understand how they met, resisted, complicated, co-opted, and sometimes defeated attempts to minstrelize them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781940696201
Publisher: Wave Books
Publication date: 04/05/2016
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 253,295
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Detroit native Tyehimba Jess’ first book of poetry, leadbelly , was a winner of the 2004 National Poetry Series. Library Journal and Black Issues Book Review both named it one of the “Best Poetry Books of 2005.” Jess, a Cave Canem and NYU Alumni, received a 2004 Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and was a 2004-2005 Winter Fellow at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. Jess is also a veteran of the 2000 and 2001 Green Mill Poetry Slam Team, and won a 2000 – 2001 Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Poetry, the 2001 Chicago Sun-Times Poetry Award, and a 2006 Whiting Fellowship. He exhibited his poetry at the 2011 TEDxNashville Conference. Jess is an Associate Professor of English at College of Staten Island.

Table of Contents

Jubilee Proclamation
Submission to Crisis Magazine
Jubilee Blues
Blind Tom plays for Confederate Troops, 1863
General James Bethune and John Bethune Introduce Blind Tom
What Marked Tom?
Mark Twain v. Blind Tom
Blind Tom Plays for a Packed House, 1873
Millie McKoy & Christine McKoy Recall Meeting Blind Tom, 1877
What the Wind, Rain and Thunder Said to Tom
General Bethune v. W.C. Handy, 1885
Charity on Blind Tom
Eliza Bethune v. Charity Wiggins
General Bethune on Blind Tom
Duet: Blind Boone meets Blind Tom, 1889
Blind Tom plays on . . .
One Body, Two Graves: Brooklyn/Georgia
Jubilee: Isaac Dickerson (1852–1900)
Interview: Della Marie Jenkins
Jubilee: Eliza Walker (1857–?)
Mille and Christine McKoy
Millie-Christine On Display
Millie-Christine Are Kidnapped
Millie-Christine’s Love Story
Millie Christine Buy Land
step right up . . .
Millie Christine’s Syncopated Star of Sonnets
Jubilee: Ben Holmes (1846–1875)
Interview: Sam Patterson
Jubilee: Minnie Tate (1857–?)
Mirror of Slavery/Mirror Chicanery
Pre/face: Berryman/Brown
Freedsong: Dream Gone
Freedsong: Dream Dawn
Freedsong: So Long! (Duet)
Freed Song: Dream Long
Freedsong: Of 1850
Freedsong: Dream Wronged
Freedsong: Dream of My Son
Freedsong: Dream Strong
Freedsong: of 1876
Freedsong: Dream Song
Jubilee: George White (1838–1895)
Interview: Blind Boone
Jubilee: Maggie Porter (1853–1942)
Apparition in C
Roots of Boone
Apparition in E?
Blind Boone’s Blessing
Apparition in F
Blind Boone’s Vision
Apparitions in F?
Blind Boone’s Escape
Apparition in G
Blind Boone’s Rage
Apparition in B?
Boone’s Pianola Blues
Apparition in C
Jubilee: Greene Evans (1848–1914)
Interview: Carmen LeDieiux
Jubilee: Ella Shepard (1853–1942)
Bert Williams/George Walker Paradox
The Witmark Amateur Minstrel Guide
All Coons Look Alike to Me! 1
Coons Songs Must Go!/ Coon Songs Go On . . . 1
All Coons Look Alike to Me! 2
Coons Songs Must Go!/ Coon Songs Go On . . . 2
All Coons Look Alike to Me! 3
Coons Songs Must Go!/ Coon Songs Go On . . . 3
Dunbar-Booker Double Shovel
Table 2-3/Table2-5
Jubilee: Thomas Rutling (1855?–1915)
Interview: Lottie Joplin, Pt. 1
Jubilee: Jennie Jackson (1852–1910)
WPA Interview: E. Shoe
My Name is Sissieretta Jones
WPA Interview: E. Shoe
O Patria Mia
WPA Interview: E. Shoe
ad libitum
WPA Interview: E. Shoe
WPA Interview: E. Shoe
Jubilee: Indigo (Choral)
Interview: Lottie Joplin, Pt. 2
Berlin v. Joplin: Alexander’s Real Slow Drag
Jubilee Mission
Alabaster Hands
Forever Free
Hagar in the Wilderness
Dying Cleopatra
Indian Combat
Colonel Robert Gould Shaw
We’ve sung each free day like it’s salvation (choral)
Last Letter Home
Presenting: The Dunbar/Washington Double Shovel
Presenting: The Bert Williams/George Walker Paradox
Presenting: H. “Box” Brown Dream on . . . Duet
Notes on Jubilee and Syncopated Sonnets
The Trotter Interviews

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