Quick Search

Author
Title
Description
Keyword
 
 
Newsletters
Subscribe to our Out of Town mailing list
* indicates required
Subscribe to our Local mailing list
* indicates required
 
 
 
Jelly Roll : (A Blues), KEVIN YOUNG

Author:    KEVIN YOUNG

Title:   Jelly Roll : (A Blues)

Binding:   Paper Back

Book Condition:   New

Publisher:    Random House Inc February 2005

ISBN Number:    0375709894 / 9780375709890

Seller ID:   20100405170495

In this jaunty and intimate collection, Kevin Young invents a language as shimmying and comic, as low-down and high-hearted, as the music from which he draws inspiration. With titles such as "Stride Piano," "Gutbucket," and "Can-Can," these poems have the sharp completeness of vocalized songs and follow a classic blues trajectory: praising and professing undying devotion ("To watch you walk / cross the room in your black / corduroys is to see / civilization start"), only to end up lamenting the loss of love ("No use driving / like rain, past / where you at"). As Young conquers the sorrow left on his doorstep, the poems broaden to embrace not just the wisdom that comes with heartbreak but the bittersweet wonder of triumphing over adversity at all.
Sexy and tart, playfully blending an African American idiom with traditional lyric diction, Young's voice is pure American: joyous in its individualism and singing of the self at its strongest.

"From the Hardcover edition."

Price = 16.00 USD



Questions, comments, or suggestions
Please write to books@eighthdaybooks.com
Copyright©2017. All Rights Reserved.
Powered by ChrisLands.com

 

 

cookie