leadbelly: poems

leadbelly - Tyehimba Jess

I am not much for reading biographies or memoirs (unless obsessed with the subject/memoirist), but this book made me wish that there were more biographies in verse, or certainly made me think to seek out more.


The multiplicity of voices and forms and the way they construct the narrative is much more engaging and, for me, trustworthy in interesting ways than works of biography in prose. The poems themselves are wonderfully crafted in terms of musicality and form. And in the end I had to listen to some Leadbelly immediately. :)