A Brief History of Blues and Persona Poetry (1668)

Thursday, June 9, 7 – 9 p.m.

$40 (10% off for members)

Blues Poetry builds off of the revolutionary oral and musical tradition of the Blues itself. Blues themes such as struggle, sex, and despair are found in Blues poems by greats such as Sterling A. Brown, James Weldon Johnson, Langston Hughes, and Sterling Plumpp.

This class will explore the history of Blues and Persona Poetry through an interactive discussion led by Tyehimba Jess, which incorporates selections from Sterling Plumpp’s collection of poetry Home/Bass. Tyehimba will also be lecturing on his second book of poetry, Olio, connecting canonized Blues Poetry to its contemporary manifestation.

Olio, Tyehimba Jess
Home/Bass, Sterling Plumpp

Tyehimba Jess is the author of two poetry collections, the 2004 National Poetry Series award-winning Leadbelly and Olio, heralded as "encyclopedic, ingenious, and abundant" by Publisher's Weekly. The Library Journal has praised both books, calling Leadbelly one of the “best poetry books of 2005" and Olio a "daring collection, which blends forthright, musically acute language with portraiture."

REFUND POLICY: Please note that we can issue class refunds up until seven (7) days before the first class session.

Olio By Tyehimba Jess Cover Image
ISBN: 9781940696201
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Wave Books - April 5th, 2016

Home/Bass: Poems By Sterling D. Plumpp Cover Image
ISBN: 9780883783450
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Third World Press - October 30th, 2012