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National Jazz Poetry Month: 'Lambda Literary Review' Excerpts James Baldwin's 'Jimmy's Blues' in Celebration

by Ian Holubiak   Apr 15, 2014 08:24 AM EDT

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If you haven't already heard (and since we reported on it, you should have), April is not only Jazz Appreciation Month...it's also National Poetry Month. And to celebrate, the good people at The Lambda Literary Review are clearly excited to share an excerpt from the famous writer James Baldwin.

This excerpt comes from a recently reprinted poetry collection entitled Jimmy's Blues and Other Poems.

This updated collection (released this month via Beacon Press) explores all the topics concurrent with today's social landscape: race, sex and love, all filtered through Baldwin's esteemed lyricism.

From the publisher:

As we approach the 90th anniversary of the birth of James Baldwin, it's important to remember Baldwin's role not just as a novelist and essay writer, but also as a poet. In celebration, Beacon Press is publishing Jimmy's Blues and Other Poems, which includes the nineteen poems from the original Jimmy's Blues published a year before his death in 1987, as well as poems from a limited-edition art book called Gypsy, of which only 325 were printed. With a powerful introduction from Nikky Finney, the winner of the 2011...

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