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

By Ian Holubiak on Apr 14, 2014 03:04 PM EDT

If you haven't already heard (and since we reported on it, you should have), April is not only Jazz Appreciation'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 National Book Award for Poetry, she argues that Baldwin saw himself more as a poet than anything else because of the way he cared about language. The book showcases Baldwin's attention to detail, his passion for language, his unwillingness to censor himself to issues of race and sex, and many other different facets of his personality.

Honor the man, will ya, and read the excerpt printed below. And keep on your toes here for the latest news regarding National Poetry Month.

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