Things I must have known: poetry

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Coffee House Press, Apr 1, 2008 - Poetry - 147 pages
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"Read this collection and you will need no one to convince you that poetry is a necessity."-Keorapetse Kgositsile, South African National Poet Laureate After a long hiatus from poetry, A.B. Spellman, a founding member of the Black Arts Movement and a nationally recognized jazz scholar, returns with an exuberant, generous collection. Touching on creativity and fatherhood, racism and workplace politics, his poems address the most important personal and public events of the last seventy years-of how it felt to grow up black in a segregated America, of the transformational experience of hearing John Coltrane live, of the give-and-take of a long marriage, and of the importance and inspiration of good friends: if, as the yoruba say, all human beings cover their nakedness with other human beings how does friendship accomplish love? for i am never so bare as i am with you. *** lovers & siblings do not have this. they have too much to defend & defend against & we do not. we have thoughts that match & easy laughter. we have the wisdom of the ocean & all the breeze that calls it there A.B. Spellman spent thirty years at the National Endowment for the Arts, serving as deputy chairman for a decade. He has been a regular commentator on jazz for National Public Radio and is the author of Four Jazz Lives, a classic in the field of jazz criticism.

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I did not care for the styhle of this book, and probably would not have completed it if it hadn't been such a quick read. The stories were ok made a little more interesting by the style of writing ... Read full review

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I could see what Labiner was trying to do here, but that was exactly the problem I had with this book. I could see it all too clearly, and there wasn't enough plot to cover it up. Good concept, I guess, just please don't hit me over the head with it. Read full review

Contents

After Vallejo 13 Dear John Coltrane
13
Why Do They Call It Nightmare When a Horse Is What You Need?
15
Groovin
17
Astrology
18
Ghost
20
Observers Are Worried Believers Are Enjoying
23
Out of Nazareth
31
Hellfighters on Parade
35
Another Love Song
46
The City Poet on the Stroll
51
The Call
56
Pearl
58
Pearl 2
61
The Truth about Karen
65
Thursday Early April
67
Toyins Sound
68

Sojourners Song
37
Metrarie
39
Colleague
41
Cloud as
42
When Black People
44
Oriki
72
The Meeting
73
Song of the Luddite
75
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