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, MartA-n 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.
"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
Preface Ai - Archangel; The Man with the Saxophone Samuel Allen - I Say, Mr. A. Baron James Ashanti - Just Another Gig Alvin Aubert - Bessie; Bessie SmithOs Funeral Houston A. Baker, Jr. - Tobacco Warehouse Blues; Of Walter WhiteOs Father in the Rain Dorothy Barresi - Venice Beach: Brief Song Paul Beatty - Sitting on Other PeopleOs 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 - RichardOs Blues Karen Chase - What You CanOt See Jane Cooper - WandaOs 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)] James Cushing - Autumn Leaves; Every Time We Say Goodbye; Love Man Robert Dana - Elegy for the Duke Frank Marshall Davis - Jazz Band Thulani N. Davis - C. T. at the 5 Spot; C. T.Os 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 Cornelius Eady - Hank MobleyOs; Jazz Dancer James A. Emanuel - Get Up, Blues Mart'n Espada - Majeski Plays the Saxophone; Shaking Hands with Mongo; D ndole la mano a Mongo Dave Etter - MonkOs Dream; Stuffy Turkey; Well You NeednOt Mari Evans - Boss Communication Sarah Webster Fabio - For Louis Armstrong, A Ju-Ju Sascha Feinstein - Christmas Eve; Sonnets for Stan Gage (1945ETH1992) William Ford - Of Miles Davis Nikki Giovanni - Genie in a Jar Matthew Graham - After the War: When Coltrane Only Wanted to Play Dance Tunes 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 Sean Harvey - The Mighty Tropicale Orchestra Joe Heithaus - What A Little Moonlight Can Do David Henderson - Elvin Jones Gretsch Freak; Lee Morgan DeBose Heyward - Jasbo Brown Edward Hirsch - Art Pepper Anselm Hollo - Le Jazz Hot Richard Hugo - My Buddy Lynda Hull - Lost Fugue for Chet; Ornithology 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 Allison Joseph - My FatherOs Heroes Robert Kelly - Newark; Ode to Language Keorapetse Kgositsile - Acknowledgement; For Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers Yusef Komunyakaa - Speed Ball; Twilight Seduction Oliver Lagrone - I Heard the Byrd Vachel Lindsay - The Jazz of This Hotel Doughtry Long - Black Love Black Hope [Section 13]; Black Love Black Hope [Section 20] Michael Longley - Words for Jazz Perhaps Thomas Lux - Night Above the Town Naomi Long Madgett - Echoes; Plea for My HeartOs Sake Haki Madhubutti - DonOt Cry, Scream; Knocking Donkey Fleas Off a Poet from Southside Chi Rick Madigan - Curtis Fuller; Stereo Time with Booker Little William Matthews - The Buddy Bolden Cylinder; Mingus At the Showplace Kenneth May - ValentineOs Day Michael McClure - For Monk Thomas McGrath - GuiffreOs 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 Ernst Moerman - Louis Armstrong [translated by Samuel beckett] Amus Mor - The Coming of John Larry Neal - DonOt Say Goodbye to the Pork-Pie Hat; LadyOs Days Mwatabu Okantah - Afreeka Brass; Southern Road Ron Overton - Blues inOCO Raymond R. Patterson - Hopping Toad Blues; Sundown Blues Useni Eugene Perkins - Boss Buitar; Jazz Poem Dudley Randall - Langston Blues Eugene B. Redmond - Distance David Rivard - Baby Vallejo Conrad Kent Rivers - Underground Jeremy Robson - Blues for the Lonely Carolyn M. Rodgers - We Dance Like Ella Riffs; Written for Love of an AscensionNColtrane Muriel Rukeyser - Bunk Johnson Blowing; Homage to Literature Sadiq - Tuskegee Experiment Ntozake Shange - Elegance in the Extreme Charles Simic - Crepescule With Nellie Ralph Sneeden - Coltrane and My Father A. B. Spellman - Did JohnOs Music Kill Him; John Coltrane Lorenzo Thomas - Historiography Askia Muhammad Tour - JuJu; O Lord of Light! A Mystic Sage Returns to Realms of Eternity Derek Walcott - Blues; The Glory Trumpeter Barry Wallenstein - Blues 1; Blues 2 Belle Waring - Refuge at the One Step Down Tom Weatherly - Mud River Shango; Times Ron Welburn - Ben Webster: ODid You Call Her Today?O; Bones and Drums; Gonsalves Miller Williams - The Death of Chet Baker David Wojahn - John Berryman Listening to Robert JohnsonOs OKing of the Delta Blues,O January 1972 Baron Wormser - ItOs a Party (1959) Jay Wright - The End of an Ethnic Dream 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 Acknowledgments