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Duke University Press, Dec 15, 2009 - Poetry - 112 pages
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DIVThe fourth collection of poetry from the literary and cultural critic Fred Moten, B Jenkins is named after the poetís mother, who passed away in 2000. It is both an elegy and an inquiry into many of the themes that Moten has explored throughout his career: language, music, performance, improvisation, and the black radical aesthetic and political tradition. In Motenís verse, the arts, scholarship, and activism intertwine. Cadences echo from his motherís Arkansas home through African American history and avant-garde jazz riffs. Formal innovations suggest the ways that words, sounds, and music give way to one another.

The first and last poems in the collection are explicitly devoted to Motenís mother; the others relate more obliquely to her life and legacy. They invoke performers, writers, artists, and thinkers including not only James Baldwin, Roland Barthes, Frederick Douglass, Billie Holiday, Audre Lorde, Charlie Parker, and Cecil Taylor, but also contemporary scholars of race, affect, and queer theory. The book concludes with an interview conducted by Charles Henry Rowell, the editor of the journal Callaloo. Rowell elicits Motenís thoughts on the relation of his poetry to theory, music, and African American vernacular culture./div

  

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David Stein 4/12/10 Moten's Method Fred Moten's work derives squarely from the Black Radical Tradition described by CLR James, Sylvia Wynter, and Cedric Robinson as ďthe critique of Western ... Read full review

Contents

B Jenkins
1
Gayl Jones
2
Billie HolidayRoland Barthes
3
Wanda Jean AllenKendall Thomas
5
Jeanne MoreauMiles Davis
6
Charlie Jenkins
7
James Brown
8
Henry Dumas
9
Joe Torra
50
Piet Mondrian
53
Nathaniel Mackey
54
Marie Jenkins
55
Q B Bush
56
Sleaterkinney
58
Eric Dolphy
59
General Baker
60

FishboneJoseph Jarman
10
Elvin Jones Malachi Favors Steve Lacy
11
Alexander Weheliye Lygia Clark Ed Roberson
12
Sherrie Tucker Francis Ponge Sun Ra
13
Gary Fisher
14
Yopie Prins
17
Robert Farris Thompson
18
Brent Edwards
19
Bessie Smith
20
Jeanmichel Basquiat
21
Alice Key
22
James Baldwin
24
William ParkerFred McDowell
26
Cecil TaylorAlmeida Ragland
28
Tony OxleyFrederick Douglass
30
Walter BenjaminJulian Boyd
32
Peck Curtis
33
John Thompson
34
George GervinMichael Fried
37
Adrian Piper
38
Josť MuŮoz
39
Michael HanchardWoodie Guthrie
40
Thelma FooteLindon Barrett
42
Elizabeth CottenNahum Chandler
44
Ann CvetkovichKathleen Stewart
47
Frank RamsayNancy Wilson
48
Arthur Jafa And Greg Tate
49
Johnny CashRosetta Tharp
61
Pam Grier
63
Bobby Bland
64
La NiŮa De Los Peines
65
Laura Harris
66
Betty Carter
69
William Corbett
70
June Jordan
72
Murray Jackson
73
Curtis Mayfield
74
Carrie Tirado Bremen
77
Margaret WalkerAudre Lorde
78
Audre LordeKara Keeling
79
Chrisshonna GrantVictor Feldman
80
Toni MorrisonRenee Gladman
81
Njeeri Wa Thiongo
82
John Work
83
Barbara Lee
84
Mike Davis And Glynda White
88
Charlie Parker
89
Birdia Mott
90
Julian Djibril
91
Lorenzo Bird
92
Fred Hopkins
94
B Jenkins
95
An Interview with Fred Moten
97
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Fred Moten is Associate Professor of English at Duke University. He is the author of In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition and the poetry collections Hughsonís Tavern, Arkansas, and I ran from it and was still in it.

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