Lenard D. Moore - 'The Geography of Jazz'
This new volume of poetry celebrates jazz music and jazz musicians. The collection also includes a new poetic form, jazzku, an innovation that recalls Japanese haiku and tanka.
Moore will perform his jazz poetry with the University of Mount Olive Jazz Band, directed by Dr. William Ford.
Poet, essayist, and playwright, Moore is Associate Professor of English at Mount Olive. He was the first African American President of the Haiku Society of America, and is the founder of the Carolina African American Writers Collective.
In The Geography of Jazz, Moore celebrates jazz music and jazz musicians. Some of the poems address specific events. Others honor individual artists. Many do both. Read closely. While the poems may not initially signal the rhythms of jazz in their presentation on the page, they convey jazz rhythms through Moore’s deft handling of the poetic line and his use of formal techniques including but not limited to assonance, onomatopoeia, and repetition. This collection also includes a new poetic form, jazzku, an innovation that recalls Japanese haiku and tanka.