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

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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

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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.

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

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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

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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.

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.

Black Chant

Languages of African-American Postmodernism


Author: Aldon Lynn Nielsen

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521555265

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 288

View: 8033

A study of postmodernism and African-American poets.

The Muse is Music

Jazz Poetry from the Harlem Renaissance to Spoken Word


Author: Meta DuEwa Jones

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 0252036212

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 285

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This wide-ranging, ambitiously interdisciplinary study traces jazz's influence on African American poetry from the Harlem Renaissance to contemporary spoken word poetry. Examining established poets such as Langston Hughes, Ntozake Shange, and Nathaniel Mackey as well as a generation of up-and-coming contemporary writers and performers, Meta DuEwa Jones highlights the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality within the jazz tradition and its representation in poetry. Applying prosodic analysis to emphasize the musicality of African American poetic performance, she examines the gendered meanings evident in collaborative performances and in the criticism, images, and sounds circulating within jazz cultures. Jones also considers poets who participated in contemporary venues for black writing such as the Dark Room Collective and the Cave Canem Foundation, including Harryette Mullen, Elizabeth Alexander, and Carl Phillips. Incorporating a finely honed discussion of the Black Arts Movement, the poetry-jazz fusion of the late 1950s, and slam and spoken word performance milieus such as Def Poetry Jam, she focuses on jazz and hip hop-influenced performance artists including Tracie Morris, Saul Williams, and Jessica Care Moore. Through attention to cadence, rhythm, and structure, The Muse is Music fills a gap in literary scholarship by attending to issues of gender in jazz and poetry and by analyzing recordings of poets both with and without musical accompaniment. Applying the methodology of textual close reading to a critical "close listening" of American poetry's resonant soundscape, Jones's analyses include exploring the formal innovation and queer performance of Langston Hughes's recorded collaboration with jazz musicians, delineating the relationship between punctuation and performance in the post-soul John Coltrane poem, and closely examining jazz improvisation and hip-hop stylization. An elaborate articulation of the connections between jazz, poetry and spoken word, and gender, The Muse Is Music offers valuable criticism of specific texts and performances and a convincing argument about the shape of jazz and African-American poetic performance in the contemporary era.

Integral music

languages of African American innovation


Author: Aldon Lynn Nielsen

Publisher: University Alabama Press

ISBN: 9780817314330

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 218

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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.

The Ringing Ear

Black Poets Lean South


Author: Nikky Finney

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 9780820329260

Category: Poetry

Page: 405

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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.

A Hunger Called Music

A Verse History of Black Music


Author: Meredith Nnoka

Publisher: C&r Press

ISBN: 9781936196784

Category: Poetry

Page: 32

View: 736

Poetry. African & African American Studies. Music. Borrowing from such sources as archival recordings and news stories, A HUNGER CALLED MUSIC documents the early history of African-American music beginning with work songs and ending with Motown- era soul. Using each genre's historical context and the music itself as inspiration, the poems in the chapbook take on a range of voices and stories from Robert Johnson to Nina Simone, and from a white 1950s record producer to a witness to police brutality. In doing so, the poems work to unearth the commonalities of experience between previous eras and the current one through the intergenerational constant of music.

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: 3629

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: 4702

Discusses blues, jazz, and rap as music and poetry