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Like Harlem renaissance poet Langston Hughes, who first popularized the blues as a working man's poetic form, former California Poet Laureate Al Young has written about the blues, played the blues, and drawn inspiration from the blues. In this treasury Young presents 120 new and previously published poems that evoke the soul of the blues in stories about the mean city, love gone wrong, and blues music itself, with tributes to Ma Rainey, Lena Horne, and other performers.

These are lyrics that beg to be spoken, and the enclosed audio CD includes nearly an hour of Young's dynamic readings, often with a live band behind him, as well as a recording of Hughes reading his "Weary Blues."

Item Price: $10.00
Member Price: $9.00