The Second Set, Vol. 2

The Second Set, Vol. 2

The Jazz Poetry Anthology
Edited by Sascha Feinstein and Yusef Komunyakaa
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 10/22/1996
Format: Paperback
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).


““As an augmentation of 1991’s Jazz Poetry Anthology, The Second Set is as impetuous and bent as a Thelonious Monk song . . . It should especially please the jazz culture connoisseur. Feinstein and Komunyakaa . . . have created an exquisite mix of poetry, history and personal takes on the literary implications of the musical form.” —Publishers Weekly “Amazingly often, a single image in a poem seems to achieve a clarity about the music that entire books fail to achieve. Even if you think poetry isn’t your ‘bag,’ give The Second Set a try. It compels you to hear jazz freshly, from a multitude of new angles.” —Pulse! “This is an anthology to dip into and roam around in, especially when you’re listening to the music that served to inspire these poets . . . There’s much in these pages to seduce aficionados of both jazz and poetry.” —Jazz Times “Recommended for general and academic collections.” —Choice With The Jazz Poetry Anthology, this volume offers a comprehensive exploration of the history of jazz poetry, filling it out with poems written before World War II, as well as those from the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s. Included are works by Gwendolyn Brooks, Nikki Giovanni, David Henderson, Yusef Komunyakaa, Ntozake Shange, Michael McClure, Jay Wright, Rita Dove, Ai, Derek Walcott, Yevgeny Yevtushenko, and many others.”

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Table of Contents

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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 Kgositsi