It's one I keep on my desk and reread!
Jess' "i" carries the bass of the music, the back and African American rhythm of this folk tale, woven throughout the poetic narrative in multiple character views.
They're pleasurable to read, tough and gritty, full of history, and impressive in their range, as the author moves from prose form to pretty strict sonnets.
Tyehimba Jess’ Leadbelly is full of these fascinatingly skewed images. It reads like a bunch of photoshopped poems. Like in mistress stella speaks: “you think i’m his property . Read morePublished 6 days ago by Ethan
Luckily, I googled Lead Belly before beginning this book of poems, or it would've been a bit confusing. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Ellie
One of the most powerful things that Tyehimba Jess does throughout the book is assign a personality to the music that Leadbelly plays, in such a way that really animates not only... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Alexa
leadbelly was immediately a breath of fresh air to read, I loved Jess’s work. The first poem contains the line “how to peel dynamite from his bones. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Paige
I didn't know much (or anything) about Leadbelly before this book. It's really impressive how the book acts as both documentary and art. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Reader157
Tyehimba Jess is pure brilliance! He's poetry packs a punch, unforgettable and necessary! I highly recommend this book! It's one I keep on my desk and reread!Published 19 months ago by M. Tuite
Tyehimba Jess strikes a reverberating chord chronicling the life of troubled 1930/40's Blues musician Huddie "Leadbelly" Ledbetter as if he's fresh from a road trip with the man. Read morePublished on July 26, 2009 by Sian M.
I came across one poem on the web and had to read it all--and I'm so glad I did. Jess knows Leadbelly's world and is able to share it in this book length study of emotion,... Read morePublished on August 18, 2008 by Marcus Aurelius