9780472096510

Blue Notes : Essays, Interviews, and Commentaries

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  • ISBN13:

    9780472096510

  • ISBN10:

    0472096516

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2000-02-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Michigan Pr
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Summary

Blue Notesoffers an assortment of poet Yusef Komunyakaa's writing on contemporary poetry and music. The book is arranged in four sections. The first gathers essays on the work of poets and blues and jazz musicians influential to Komunyakaa's work, from Langston Hughes and Etheridge Knight to Ma Rainey and Thelonious Monk; the second collects a gallery of Komunyakaa's poems and the poet's commentary about each of them. The third selects interviews that reveal the development of the poet's aesthetic sensibility. The final section consists of four artistic explorations that reflect the poet's current interests. Two of of these texts, "Tenebrae" and "Buddy's Monologue," have been recently performed. As editor Radiclani Clytus makes clear in the volume's introductory essay, although Komunyakaa's poetry has its roots in the stylistic innovations of early twentieth-century American modernists, his writing often reflects his understanding that a "black" experience should not particularize the presentation of one's art. This volume, according to the editor, is an attempt to understand Komunyakaa's critical eclecticism within the context of his own words. Yusef Komunyakaa's books of poetry includeI Apologize for the Eyes in My Head, Magic City, Thieves of Paradise, andNeon Vernacular, for which he received the Pulitzer Prize and the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award in 1994.

Author Biography

Yusef Komunyakaa is professor in the Council of Humanities and Creative Writing Program at Princeton University.

Table of Contents

I. Essays
Blue
3(1)
Shape and Tonal Equilibrium
4(5)
Journey into ``(American Journal)''
9(3)
Forces That Move the Spirit
12(2)
Control Is the Mainspring
14(2)
Tough Eloquence
16(6)
It's Always Night
22(1)
Improvised Symmetry
23(2)
Poetry and Inquiry
25(6)
Langston Hughes + Poetry = The Blues
31(5)
Improvisation/Revision
36(2)
A Note to Bloom
38(5)
II. Poems
Troubling the Water
43(3)
Nude Study
46(2)
Trueblood's Blues
48(3)
Jeanne Duval's Confession
51(3)
Facing It
54(5)
III. Interviews
Lines of Tempered Steel
59(17)
An Interview with Muna Asali
76(9)
Hotbeds and Crossing over Poetic Traditions
85(8)
Still Negotiating with the Images
93(14)
The Body Is Our First Music
107(19)
Yusef Komunyakaa on Etheridge Knight
126(9)
Notations in Blue
135(12)
IV. Explorations
Tenebrae
147(4)
Shifting Gears
151(2)
New Blues
153(2)
Shot Down
155(2)
Buddy's Monologue
157(5)
Blind Stitches and Notes from First Takes
162

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