mike at doctorjazz.freeserve.co.uk
Tue Nov 16 08:51:13 PST 2004
Thanks for all below.
Yes - I was alerted to this a few weeks back. Kevin Young's recently
published collection of poetry, JELLY ROLL: A BLUES, (Alfred A. Knopf, 2003)
has been named one of five finalists for the 2003 National Book Award in
Poetry as well as the 2003 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Poetry.
Quoted from the Indiana University website:
A collection of blues-based love poems, JELLY ROLL is being hailed as "a
versatile tour de force" (Publishers Weekly) and "an impressive collection,
in which Young uses blues as a template, fusing popular music and black
vernacular and thereby placing himself squarely in the African-American
poetic tradition pioneered by such writers as Langston Hughes (Washington
Post). Jive, boogy-woogy [sic], jitterbug, and ragtime, these sexy and smart
poems playfully blend African-American idiom with traditional lyric diction
to capture what Young calls "the spirit of the blues."
Nice to know that Jelly Roll has influences in this field.
Do you know about a book, entitled "jelly roll.(A BLUES)"? Before you
become too excited, this is a volume of very modern short poems, many of
which have jazz titles (STRIDE PIANO, SWING, RAGTIME, HONKY TONK, BOOGIE
WOOGIE, etc.), that to me have no, or very little, relevance to jazz.
Young. Kevin. jelly roll (A BLUES). New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 2003. 190
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