Amorak Huey’s Comments
Three of these poemsBlind Buck Williams Last Meal at Parchman Farm, Trickster Sings the Blues, Whiskey Bluescome from a collection of pieces about or inspired by blues: the music, the musicians, the history, the mythology. Both Blind Buck and Trickster come out of that interest in the mythology, how much of what we believe about blues and blues musicians is our own invention, a story we tell because it meets some need of our own, because it supports the dominant paradigm. Elijah Walds book Escaping the Delta: Robert Johnson and the Invention of the Blues informed how I see these blues myths, and in turn, these poems. I dont know exactly what Whiskey Blues is about. In my mind, its about Birmingham, Alabama, but I dont think thats actually in the poem itself.
The other thing that all five of these poems have in common: place. Where we are and who we are cannot be pulled apart. I am skeptical of poems that dont seem to take place anywhere in particular. (Or maybe Im not. I said that, and it feels true, but Im sure I can come up with all sorts of exceptions.) Anyway, these poems have place at their heart. I hope.
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FRiGG: A Magazine of Fiction and Poetry | Issue 39 | Winter 2013