Kevin Young

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book.jpgJelly Roll (a blues) (Knopf); Blues Poems (Everyman's Library)

Kevin Young, who has edited a terrific anthology of blues poetry, uses blues traditions as the basis for his own recent work. How have the classic blues changed over the years? How does this poet manipulate and inflect his personal voice to work new changes on the traditional forms? book1.jpg

Read an excerpt from Jelly Roll.

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