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Outlandish Blues (Wesleyan Poetry Series) [Paperback]

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Pages   72
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.66" Width: 5.64" Height: 0.21"
Weight:   0.21 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 30, 2003
Publisher   Wesleyan
ISBN  0819565849  
EAN  9780819565846  

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Fierce and sensual, the poems in Outlandish Blues merge everyday speech with a shimmering lyricism and burst from the page into song. Honoree Fanonne Jeffers sees the blues, what she terms the "shared 'blue notes,''' as an important intersection between the secular and the divine, and between the various African American vernacular traditions, from spirituals to jazz. Part Nina Simone, part Bessie Smith, her poems are filled with a sweaty honesty, moving from the personal to the collective experience. This movement is often accomplished through the use of personae, concentrated here in a stunning series of poems on the Biblical figures of Hagar and Sarah. Whether about a contemporary domestic scene, a slave ship, or Aretha Franklin, these are poems that speak to the soul of experience.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Honoree Fanonne Jeffers, an assistant professor of English at the University of Oklahoma, is the author of two other books of poetry, "The Gospel of Barbecue" and "Outlandish Blues."

Honoree Fanonne Jeffers was born in 1967.

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Perspective  Apr 23, 2004
Honorée Fanonne Jeffers' "Outlandish Blues" is full of historical references and religious allusions. Her poems place you within a cultural, social and temporal context. But even as she gives the sense of specific places and times, time and place seems to be a fluid space new millennium people in settings from the recent past.

While her general topics of religion, culture and history are pretty constant throughout the collection, her focus is mainly on African-American women. She explores how the Black women views herself, her male counterpart, and how she the world she lives in. Jeffers expands on this with a historically-centered perspective that tells of the Black woman's position within the social strata.

Overall, her collection is somewhat illusive. However, what is grasped on the surface meaning only speaks volumes to what is not. Her perspective is an odd mixture of the old and the new which provides a fresh, yet wise analysis of her society.

A cultural Experience  Apr 20, 2004
Jeffers brings us to a point where the roots of cultures must explore for themselves. Outlandish Blues explores various topics like jazz, the Blues and the African-American experience. "Fast Skirt Blues" is a great poem that is honest and true to it's blues roots. "Outlandish Blues" also takes you on a vivid biblical ride as it explores intersting characters of Black culture and life.
OOOO WEEEE!  Apr 20, 2004
This poet is on fire! I could say a million wonderful things about this book of poetry. First of all...the images she paints pop off the page and stick smack in the middle of my head almost hauntingly, telling me about tucked away family secrets and southern life. She so cleverly and carefully picks her words and does such a good job at showing us all the crazy ish that goes on in the lives of everyday folks. I admire the vast ground that she covers,from the bible, to the slave ship to abusive relationships. Jeffers is a poet that tells it like it is, so eloquently. Buy this book and take a journey into the realm of the Outlandish.
Good Blues  Apr 12, 2004
Ladies not only sing the blues, but they fight back in Outlandish Blues, as Honorée Fannone Jeffers paints her verse pictures. In the poem The Battered Blues she writes, "He hit me more times for being still/Misery on my porch and sadness on my steps/I washed off his dust and his sorry pain bought me a switchblade shouting out his name."
There is an exploration of the crazy/outlandish life that is Southern Black life in America. There is also an interesting and thought provoking series of persona poems from offered from the perspective of women in the Old Testament (Lot's Wife, Hagar and Sarai). Depth and passion punctuate her work. I would like to think that part of a writer's mandate is to illustrate the absurd in our existence in order to make it less so. In the pages of Outlandish Blues one will find pieces thoughtfully crafted to ease us down that right road.
An impressive and memorable collection of soulful poems  Jul 26, 2003
Outlandish Blues is an impressive and memorable collection of soulful poems by African-American poet Honoree Fanonne Jeffers (Assistant Professor of English, University of Oklahoma). Honoree's verse reaches into the very depths of humanity and the human condition. Her themes range from the Biblical figures of Hagar and Sarah, to the brutality of slave ships, to contemporary domestic life. "Somebody close these white folks' eyes. / Somebody lie to her and keep her from crying. / Somebody tell her a little bit of sweetness / is coming her way quick."

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