The Second Set

The Second Set - Vol. 2

The Jazz Poetry Anthology
Edited by Sascha Feinstein and Yusef Komunyakaa
Distribution: World
Publication date: 10/1/1996
Format: paper 272 pages
6.125 x 9.25
ISBN: 978-0-253-21068-5
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With The Jazz Poetry Anthology, this volume offers a comprehensive exploration of the history of jazz poetry. The Second Set gathers many poets omitted from The Jazz Poetry Anthology, including Gwendolyn Brooks, Arthur Brown, Diane di Prima, Henry Dumas, Nikki Giovanni, David Henderson, Anselm Hollo, Haki Madhubuti, Michael McClure, Larry Neal, Dudley Randall, Eugene B. Redmond, Carolyn M. Rodgers, Ntozake Shange, A. B. Spellman, and Jay Wright. The Second Set fills out the history of jazz poetry with poems written before World War II, as well as those from the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s, and includes contemporary writers from a range of cultural backgrounds, including Ai, Rita Dove, Yusef Komunyakaa, Martín Espada, Joy Harjo, Keorapetse Kgositsile, Michael Longley, Mwatabu Okantah, Charles Simic, Lorenzo Thomas, Derek Walcott, Ron Welburn, and Yevgeny Yevtushenko.

Embracing a wide variety of poems informed by jazz, The Second Set also includes statements of poetics by many of the poets anthologized.

Author Bio

SASCHA FEINSTEIN teaches creative writing and literature at Lycoming College. He is the author of Jazz Poetry: From the 1920s to the Present and A Bibliographic Guide to Jazz Poetry. His poems and essays have appeared in Southern Review, New England Review, and North American Review. YUSEF KOMUNYAKAA, Professor of Creative Writing at Princeton University, has published nine books of poetry: Copacetic, I Apologize for the Eyes in My Head, Dien Cai Dau, Magic City, and Neon Vernacular (winner of the Pulitzer Prize).

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Table of Contents

Ai - Archangel; The Man with the Saxophone
Samuel Allen - I Say, Mr. A.
Baron James Ashanti - Just Another Gig
Alvin Aubert - Bessie; Bessie Smith’s Funeral
Houston A. Baker, Jr. - Tobacco Warehouse Blues; Of Walter White’s Father in the Rain
Paul Beatty - Sitting on Other People’s Cars
John Berryman - Dream Song 68
Gwendolyn Brooks - Queen of the Blues; The Sundays of Satin-legs Smith; The Third Sermon on the Warpland
Arthur Brown - The Assassination of Charlie Parker; Callin Buddy Bolden
Christopher Buckley - Nostalgia; Playing for Time
Michael Castro - Blew It
Richard Cecil - Richard’s Blues
Karen Chase - What You Can’t See
Jane Cooper - Wanda’s Blues
Hart Crane - For the Marriage of Faustus and Helen
Stanley Crouch - The Revelation; Up On the Spoon
E. E. Cummings - [god pity me whom(god distinctly has)]
Thulani N. Davis - C. T. at the 5 Spot; C. T.’s Variation; Rogue & Jar
Diane Di Prima - I Ching; Notes on the Art of Memory
Mark Doty - Almost Blue
Rita Dove - Canary
Henry Dumas - Concentration Camp Blues; Listen to the Sound of My Horn
Dave Etter - Monk’s Dream; Stuffy Turkey; Well You Needn’t
Mari Evans - Boss Communication
Sarah Webster Fabio - For Louis Armstrong, A Ju-Ju
William Ford - Of Miles Davis
Nikki Giovanni - Genie in a Jar
Sam Greenlee - Memorial for Trane
Joy Harjo - Bird; Healing Animal; Strange Fruit
Michael S. Harper - Bandstand; A Narrative of the Life and Times of John Coltrane: Ply By Himself
DeBose Heyward - Jasbo Brown
Edward Hirsch - Art Pepper
Richard Hugo - My Buddy
T. R. Hummer - Poem In the Shape of a Saxophone
Angela Jackson - Billie in Silk; Make/n My Music; Ohnedaruth
Richard Jackson - Shadows
David Jauss - After the End of the World; Black Orchid
Lance Jeffers - How High the Moon; Nina Simone
June Jordan - October 23, 1983
Robert Kelly - Newark; Ode to Language
Keorapetse Kgositsile - Acknowledgement; For Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers
Yusef Komunyakaa - Speed Ball; Twilight Seduction
Vachel Lindsay - The Jazz of This Hotel
Naomi Long Madgett - Echoes; Plea for My Heart’s Sake
William Matthews - The Buddy Bolden Cylinder; Mingus At the Showplace
Michael McClure - For Monk
Thomas McGrath - Guiffre’s Nightmusic; Jazz at the Intergalactic Nightclub
James McKean - Fater Listening to Jack Teagarden . . .
Sandra McPherson - The Ability to Make a Face like a Spider While Singing Blues: Junior Wells; Some Metaphysics of Junior Wells; Suspension: Junior Wells on a Small stage in a Converted Barn
David Meltzer - 17:II:82; 18:VI:82
Adrian Mitchell - From Rich Uneasy America to My Friend Christopher Logue
Mwatabu Okantah - Afreeka Brass; Southern Road
Ron Overton - Blues in“C”
Dudley Randall - Langston Blues
Carolyn M. Rodgers - We Dance Like Ella Riffs; Written for Love of an Ascension—Coltrane
Muriel Rukeyser - Bunk Johnson Blowing; Homage to Literature
Ntozake Shange - Elegance in the Extreme
Charles Simic - Crepescule With Nellie
A. B. Spellman - Did John’s Music Kill Him; John Coltrane
Lorenzo Thomas - Historiography
Askia Muhammad Touré - JuJu; O Lord of Light! A Mystic Sage Returns to Realms of Eternity
Derek Walcott - Blues; The Glory Trumpeter
Tom Weatherly - Mud River Shango; Times
Ron Welburn - Ben Webster: “Did You Call Her Today?”; Bones and Drums; Gonsalves
Miller Williams - The Death of Chet Baker
Yevgeny Yevtushenko - Saints of Jazz; Satchmo
Al Young - Dance of the Infidels; Lester Leaps In
Paul Zimmer - But Bird; Sitting With Lester

Biographical Notes and Statements of Poetics
Music Appendix