""Poetry is music, everyone knows. But few poets connect the two as fluently as California Poet Laureate Al Young."" - The San Francisco Chronicle
From the Inside Flap
Harlem renaissance poet Langston Hughes was the first to popularize the blues as a poetic form. According to Hughes, the blues were born as poetry, sung by working men to share their stories of hard-luck lives and tough times. Their tales had a natural rhythm that begged for a beat, and musical blues was born. Today, ìpoetry over musicî scenes across the country recall Hughesís legacy. California Poet Laureate Al Young carries on that legacy in Something About the Blues, with 120 new and previously published poems that evoke the blues in stories about life and music.
The blues come to life on the enclosed audio CD:
--Nearly an hour of Al Youngís dynamic storytelling readings
--Langston Hughes reads his inspirational ìThe Weary Bluesî
--Many of Al Youngís performances feature a live band
San Francisco Bay Area based poet-novelist-essayist Al Young was named Poet Laureate of California in 2005, and is the author of more than 20 books. Among his honors: Guggenheim, Fulbright, NEA Fellowships, The Joseph Henry Jackson Award, Stanfordís Wallace Stegner Writing Fellowship, the Stephen Henderson Award for Poetry and the 2007 Richard Wright Literary Excellence Award. Youngís titles include Heaven: Collected Poems 1956ñ1990; The Sound of Dreams Remembered: Poems 1990ñ2000; Coastal Nights and Inland Afternoons : Poems 2001ñ2006; Mingus Mingus: Two Memoirs (with Janet Coleman); Drowning in the Sea of Love: Musical Memoirs; African American Literature : A Brief Introduction and Anthology; and the novels Snakes, Who Is Angelina?, Seduction by Light and Sitting Pretty.