Saturday, June 18, 2016

Response to Tyehimba Jess

Re: Tyehimba Jess's "When I Speak of Blues Be Clear"

When Tyehimba Jess "Speaks of Blues Be Clear" about a few things because he is clear about them. For one, the blues are infused with an undeniable historicity, they synthesize legends and folktales, and they are about good feelings just as much as bad ones. Once you acknowledge all that the blues mean and bring to the fore for its creators, black folks, then you'll hear yourself in them Jess seems to say--and neither you nor they "will ever die."

Angel Dye

AALCI 2016

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