Jazz Poetry: From the 1920s to the Present

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Acknowledgments
I am enormously grateful to Donald J. Gray, James H. Justus, Yusef Komunyakaa, Terence Martin, David Wojahn, and, especially, Robert Eugene Gross for their editorial assistance and personal support in the early stages of this project. Thorpe Feidt and Bob Reid helped shape parts of this book at a critical point in the writing; in the final stages I received invaluable advice and criticism from David J. Rife. I also want to thank Lycoming College for a Professional Development Grant that made the publication of this book possible.Chapter 6, "The John Coltrane Poem", originally appeared in a shorter form in The Southern Review.Every effort has been made to trace copyrights for the poems included in this book.The epigraphs were reprinted from various excerpted materials:
Chapter 1: Etheridge Knight poem "Haiku" from The Essential Etheridge Knight by Etheridge Knight ( Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh, 1986).
Chapter 2: Vachel Lindsay poem "A Curse for the Saxophone" from The Poetry of Vachel Lindsay: Volume I edited by Dennis Camp ( Peoria, Il: Spoon River, 1984) and Carl Sandburg poem "Jazz Fantasia" from Complete Poems by Carl Sandburg ( Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1950).
Chapter 3: Langston Hughes essay "The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain" from The Nation (Vol. 122, no. 3181, 1926) and Sterling Brown poem "Odyssey of Big Boy" from The Collected Poems of Sterling A. Brown by Sterling A. Brown ( New York: Harper & Row, 1980).
Chapter 4: Kenneth Rexroth essay "Jazz and Poetry" from Esquire (Vol. 49,

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • 1 - Jazz Poetry: an Introduction 1
  • Notes 12
  • References 13
  • 2 - The Sin in Syncopation 15
  • Notes 36
  • References 38
  • 3 - Weary Blues, Harlem Galleries, and Southern Roads 41
  • Notes 57
  • References 59
  • 4 - From Obscurity to Fad: Jazz and Poetry in Performance 61
  • Notes 81
  • References 85
  • 5 - Chasin' the Bird: Charlie Parker and the Enraptured Poets of the Fifties 89
  • Notes 110
  • References 113
  • 6 - The John Coltrane Poem 115
  • Notes 136
  • References 140
  • 7 - Goodbye Porkpie Hat: Farewells and Remembrances 143
  • Notes 158
  • References 159
  • 8 - An Enormous Yes: Contemporary Jazz Poetry 163
  • Notes 180
  • References 181
  • Index 183
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