Monday, June 26, 2017

"from 'The Last Bohemian of Avenue A'" by Yusef Komunyakaa

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June 26, 2017

from "The Last Bohemian of Avenue A"

Yusef Komunyakaa

About This Poem


"This excerpt of 'The Last Bohemian of Avenue A' is from a book-length poem spoken by an avant-garde jazz musician who has lived on Manhattan's Lower East Side for decades. Everything he says about history, culture, and everyday life is tinged by his passion and imagination in service to the art of jazz. Playing the saxophone is perhaps what keeps Barabbas Jones's encyclopedic memory alive in a world of commodity and forgetting."
—Yusef Komunyakaa


Yusef Komunyakaa is the author of The Emperor of Water Clocks (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015). He teaches at New York University.


Photo credit: Tom Wallace



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