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Olio by Tyehimba Jess

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Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in poetry, Tyehimba Jess's Olio is part fact, part fiction, weaving sonnet, song + narrative to examine the lives of mostly unrecorded African American performers from pre-Civil War to post-World War I in an effort to understand how they met, resisted, complicated, co-opted + sometimes defeated attempts to minstrelize them. Inside are fold-out pages with not only poems but drawings, photographs, interviews + historical footnotes inclu...

Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in poetry, Tyehimba Jess's Olio is part fact, part fiction, weaving sonnet, song + narrative to examine the lives of mostly unrecorded African American performers from pre-Civil War to post-World War I in an effort to understand how they met, resisted, complicated, co-opted + sometimes defeated attempts to minstrelize them. Inside are fold-out pages with not only poems but drawings, photographs, interviews + historical footnotes including a host of familiar names like Scott Joplin, Booker T. Washington + Paul Laurence Dunbar as well as lesser known historical figures like the composer John William “Blind” Boone, opera singer Sissieretta Jones, sculptor Edmonia Lewis + the Siamese twins Millie and Christine McKoy, who made enough money touring to eventually buy the plantation where they were born. Part poetry, part journalism, part history, part fiction, Olio rec-creates the world of the first generation of post-slavery African-Americans with a poetic dose of imagination, inviting you to enter in. Paperback; 2017, Wave Books.

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- 256 pages
- Dimensions: 8”l x 0.7”w x 9.9”h