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The Jazz Poetry Anthology (A Midland Book) Paperback – June 22, 1991


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Product Details

  • Series: A Midland Book
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press (June 22, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0253206375
  • ISBN-13: 978-0253206374
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #767,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dizzy Gillespie had this to say: "These poems hit it right on the head, and the book is certainly essential for anyone who is interested in our music." Containing poems not just about jazz, but also written in the spirit of jazz, this book is an outstanding example of how productive cross- fertilization between the arts can be. Of course, Jack Kerouac's "239th Chorus" is a standout, but there are also swinging poems from Etheridge Knight, Marilyn Hacker, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and many others.

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While individual poets have often been linked to jazz, this music's influence on 20th-century writing has rarely been seen in perspective. Unfortunately, this first large-scale international attempt to explore the relationship between the two forms disappoints. Some 132 poets are arranged alphabetically. Among them are Sterling A. Brown, Robert Creeley, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Langston Hughes, Carl Sandburg, and Leopold Senghor. The selection, however, is both too inclusive and too diverse. Dana Goia describes Bix Beiderbecke, but his stilted lines conflict with the music's rhythms; Heather McHugh's formal approach feels equally superficial. Individual poems seldom interact to form a larger statement; the "music appendix," historically situating these selections, might have been a better organizational device. The statement of poetics, gathered from less than half the poets, are this volume's most valuable asset.
- Rochelle Ratner, formerly Poetry Editor, "Soho Weekly News," New York
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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By Jason Vasser on October 12, 2014
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Really nice anthology, one of my favorites of the genre.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Christopher M. Fulton on January 25, 2009
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This is great stuff. I don't get into poetry much, but this is just great stuff. I am getting into Jazz as a music form, and this is increasing my love for jazz. This is one of those books you pick up and read when nothing else captures you. This will capture you. You get into this and don't want to put it down. Enjoy.
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