Black Music, Black Poetry

Blues and Jazz's Impact on African American Versification


Author: Gordon E. Thompson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317173929

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 222

View: 1977

Black Music, Black Poetry offers readers a fuller appreciation of the diversity of approaches to reading black American poetry. It does so by linking a diverse body of poetry to musical genres that range from the spirituals to contemporary jazz. The poetry of familiar figures such as Paul Laurence Dunbar and Langston Hughes and less well-known poets like Harryette Mullen or the lyricist to Pharaoh Sanders, Amos Leon Thomas, is scrutinized in relation to a musical tradition contemporaneous with the lifetime of each poet. Black music is considered the strongest representation of black American communal consciousness; and black poetry, by drawing upon such a musical legacy, lays claim to a powerful and enduring black aesthetic. The contributors to this volume take on issues of black cultural authenticity, of musical imitation, and of poetic performance as displayed in the work of Paul Laurence Dunbar, Langston Hughes, Sterling Brown, Amiri Baraka, Michael Harper, Nathaniel Mackey, Jayne Cortez, Harryette Mullen, and Amos Leon Thomas. Taken together, these essays offer a rich examination of the breath of black poetry and the ties it has to the rhythms and forms of black music and the influence of black music on black poetic practice.


Improvisations in African American Poetry and Culture


Author: Tony Bolden

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 9780252028748

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 173

View: 3728

In Afro-Blue, Tony Bolden traces the ways innovations in black music and poetry have driven the evolution of a variety of other American vernacular artistic forms. The blues tradition, Bolden demonstrates, plays a key role in the relationship between poetry and vernacular expressive forms. Through an analysis of the formal qualities of black poetry and music, Afro-Blue shows that they function as a form of resistance, affirming the values and style of life that oppose bourgeois morality. Even before the term blues had cultural currency, the inscriptions of style and resistance embodied in the blues tradition were already a prominent feature of black poetics. Bolden delineates this interrelation, examining how poets extend and reshape a variety of other verbal folk forms in the same way as blues musicians play with other musical genres. He identifies three distinct bodies of blues poetics: some poets mimic and riff on oral forms, another group fuse their dedication to vernacular culture with a concern for literary conventions, while still others opt to embody the blues poetics by becoming blues musicians - and some combine elements of all three.

Heroism in the New Black Poetry

Introductions and Interviews


Author: D.H. Melhem

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 0813158133

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 288

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D.H. Melhem's clear introductions and frank interviews provide insight into the contemporary social and political consciousness of six acclaimed poets: Amiri Baraka, Gwendolyn Brooks, Jayne Cortez, Haki R. Madhubuti, Dudley Randall, and Sonia Sanchez. Since the 1960s, the poet hero has characterized a significant segment of Black American poetry. The six poets interviewed here have participated in and shaped the vanguard of this movement. Their poetry reflects the critical alternatives of African American life -- separatism and integration, feminism and sexual identity, religion and spirituality, humanism and Marxism, nationalism and internationalism. They unite in their commitment to Black solidarity and advancement.

American Poetry since 1945


Author: Eleanor Spencer

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137324473

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

View: 8899

This collection of brand new essays by a leading team of experts encourages readers to appreciate the rich formal, thematic, and ethnic diversity and inclusivity of post-war American poetry. It provides fresh critical perspectives on, and ways of reading, familiar poets such as Sylvia Plath, Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell.

The Ringing Ear

Black Poets Lean South


Author: Nikky Finney

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 9780820329260

Category: Poetry

Page: 405

View: 1960

More than one hundred contemporary black poets laugh at and cry about, pray for and curse, flee and return to the South in this collection of poems, which features contributions by Nikki Giovanni, Kevin Young, Cornelius Eady, Sonia Sanchez, and other notables. Simultaneous.

Jazz Griots

Music as History in the 1960s African American Poem


Author: Jean-Philippe Marcoux

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 0739166743

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

View: 6009

To the endless questions, theoretical statements, and hypotheses about how Black poets transcribe jazz into the poetic format, this book, while providing a different approach to reading jazz poetry, attempts to answer the question, why do Black poets revert to jazz for poetic material. This book’s answer is because jazz is Black History ritualized and performed, and jazz performance is storytelling.

"After Mecca"

Women Poets and the Black Arts Movement


Author: Cheryl Clarke

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 9780813534060

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 206

View: 6815

In "After Mecca," Cheryl Clarke explores the relationship between the Black Arts Movement and black women writers of the period. Poems by Gwendolyn Brooks, Ntozake Shange, Audre Lorde, Nikki Giovanni, Sonia Sanchez, Jayne Cortez, Alice Walker, and others chart the emergence of a new and distinct black poetry and its relationship to the black community's struggle for rights and liberation. Clarke also traces the contributions of these poets to the development of feminism and lesbian-feminism, and the legacy they left for others to build on.

Uptown Conversation

The New Jazz Studies


Author: Professor of English and African-American Studies Robert O'Meally

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231123518

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 427

View: 3486

'Uptown Conversation' asserts that jazz is not only a music to define, it is a culture. The essays illustrate how for more than a century jazz has initiated a call and response across art forms, geographies, and cultures, inspiring musicians, filmmakers, painters and poets.

Integral music

languages of African American innovation


Author: Aldon Lynn Nielsen

Publisher: University Alabama Press

ISBN: 9780817314330

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 218

View: 884

Aldon Nielsen's Black Chant examined modern and postmodern developments in the work of African-American poets since World War II and their contributions to African-American culture and American modernism. Integral Music extends the studies begun in Black Chant through the work of writers and poets in the decades following World War II.

Black Chant

Languages of African-American Postmodernism


Author: Aldon Lynn Nielsen

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521555265

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 288

View: 375

A study of postmodernism and African-American poets.

Black Resonance

Iconic Women Singers and African American Literature


Author: Emily J. Lordi

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 0813562511

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 304

View: 3043

Ever since Bessie Smith’s powerful voice conspired with the “race records” industry to make her a star in the 1920s, African American writers have memorialized the sounds and theorized the politics of black women’s singing. In Black Resonance, Emily J. Lordi analyzes writings by Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, Gayl Jones, and Nikki Giovanni that engage such iconic singers as Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Mahalia Jackson, and Aretha Franklin. Focusing on two generations of artists from the 1920s to the 1970s, Black Resonance reveals a musical-literary tradition in which singers and writers, faced with similar challenges and harboring similar aims, developed comparable expressive techniques. Drawing together such seemingly disparate works as Bessie Smith’s blues and Richard Wright’s neglected film of Native Son, Mahalia Jackson’s gospel music and Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, each chapter pairs one writer with one singer to crystallize the artistic practice they share: lyricism, sincerity, understatement, haunting, and the creation of a signature voice. In the process, Lordi demonstrates that popular female singers are not passive muses with raw, natural, or ineffable talent. Rather, they are experimental artists who innovate black expressive possibilities right alongside their literary peers. The first study of black music and literature to centralize the music of black women, Black Resonance offers new ways of reading and hearing some of the twentieth century’s most beloved and challenging voices.

The Oxford Anthology of African-American Poetry


Author: Arnold Rampersad,Hilary Herbold

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 0195125630

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 424

View: 925

A definitive literary portrait of contrasting visions and styles covers the key issues important to the African-American experience, including poetry on slavery, the South; protest and resistance, music and religion, spirituality, sexuality and love, and the idea of Africa.

Spirituality, sensuality, literality

blues, jazz, and rap as music and poetry


Author: Brian Dorsey

Publisher: Purdue Univ Pr


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 472

View: 8089

Discusses blues, jazz, and rap as music and poetry

Spiritual, Blues, and Jazz People in African American Fiction

Living in Paradox


Author: A. Yemisi Jimoh

Publisher: Univ. of Tennessee Press

ISBN: 9781572331723

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 284

View: 9277

In this book, A. Yemisi Jimoh demonstrates the critical influence of music on the fiction of various twentieth-century African American writers. Exploring novels and short stories by Toni Morrison, John Edgar Wideman, Zora Neale Hurston, James Baldwin, Ralph Ellison, and others, Jimoh shows how black musical traditions--specifically Spirituals, Blues, and Jazz--are used to shape characterizations and thematic content and to evince ideas, emotions, and experiences. The author's analysis situates the literary texts she discusses within the diverse social energies of their times and locates important intersections where music, history, politics, and literature meet. Jimoh carefully distinguishes among the different musical forms and shows how, in fiction, they are transformed into rich metaphors. She explains, for example, how characters and themes drawing on the Spiritual-Gospel tradition de-emphasize human agency, depicting earthly survival as a transitory state and heavenly triumph as a victory. By contrast, in Blues fiction, characters must often negotiate an environment of alienation, change, and uncertainty in order to achieve a more earthly triumph, even if that triumph is only survival. Jazz fiction, meanwhile, goes beyond Blues and Spiritual expressions to explore new realms, revealing a space for infinite options, radical change, resistance, and revolution. This innovative book examines novels that have not previously received extensive attention, including Albert Murray's Train Whistle Guitar, Wallace Thurman's The Blacker the Berry, and Ann Petry's The Street. At the same time, it brings fresh and intriguing readings to such widely studied works as Ellison's Invisible Man and Morrison's Sula. Finally, it suggests some exciting directions for future study as new generations of African American musicians and writers continue to develop and expand on established traditions and forms. The Author: A. Yemisi Jimoh is an associate professor of English at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Her articles have appeared in African American Review, Contemporary African American Novelists, and other publications.

Deconstructing Post-WWII New York City

The Literature, Art, Jazz, and Architecture of an Emerging Global Capital


Author: Robert Bennett

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317793870

Category: History

Page: 142

View: 419

Situating post-WWII New York literature within the material context of American urban history, this work analyzes how literary movements such as the Beat Generation, the New York poets and Black Arts Moment criticized the spatial restructuring of post-WWII New York City.