This National Poetry Month, we celebrate the work of Tyehimba Jess, who just won the Pulitzer Prize in poetry for his book Olio. His work is known for blending poetry with both music and history, as these early poems attest:

“Lomax V. Leadbelly in New York: Letters to Home, 1934”

“Prisoner # 489235, Parchman Farm, Mississippi September 3, 1934”

“Freedom”

“The Bert Williams/George Walker Paradox”

For more poetry, check out our selections of flower poems and love poems!

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Callaloo, Vol. 27, No. 2 (Spring, 2004), p. 406
The Johns Hopkins University Press
Callaloo, Vol. 27, No. 2 (Spring, 2004), pp. 404-405
The Johns Hopkins University Press
Ploughshares, Vol. 28, No. 1 (Spring, 2002), p. 72
Ploughshares
The American Poetry Review, Vol. 40, No. 6 (NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2011), pp. 44-45
American Poetry Review