Item description for The Red Light Was My Mind by Gary Charles Wilkens...
Inspired by the culture, music, history and mythology of the Blues, The Red Light Was My Mind captures the tone, rhythms, sounds, images, and myths of the Mississippi Blues. Son House, Charlie Patton, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Robert Johnson, Peetie Wheatstraw, Billie Holiday, Jack Johnson, and a cast of entirely fictitious and mythical figures embody the region's legendary past and its often harsh present. These stories wind through a number of related narrative threads, interlaced with poems reflecting a myriad of Blues forms: songs, hollers, monologues, folktales, chants, spells, and sermons. Love, death, evil, sorrow, violence, and dancing fill the Blues and inhabit these poems.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.1" Width: 5.3" Height: 0.3" Weight: 0.2 lbs.
Release Date Jul 5, 2007
Publisher Texas A&M University Press
ISBN 1933896043 ISBN13 9781933896045
Availability 0 units.
More About Gary Charles Wilkens
Gary Charles Wilkens, born in South Carolina and raised in North Carolina and Arkansas, recently graduated with a master's degree from Sam Houston State University, where he now teaches as a member of the adjunct faculty. He has attended a number of conferences, where he presented his poetry, and his poems have appeared widely in such journals as Oklahoma Review, Poetry Southeast, and The Texas Review.
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Best new poetry around! Oct 19, 2007
Gary Wilkens has an amazing ability to perfectly convey a moment simply and without pretense. The sense of place in his work is spot on. His poems are a joy to read and reread. He is one of this generations most promising artists and I look forward to many more books to come.
Gary Charles Wilkens is my favorite poet Sep 13, 2007
I had the distinct pleasure of knowing and befriending Gary during his undergraduate career at Hendrix College. This gentleman is truly an inspired and evocative writer, and person, that a short review can do no justice to.
The Red Light Was My Mind is testament to the lived Southern experience. Informed by the cotton blues, Wilkens conjures to being the images, smells, tastes, and tactile experience of hardship, and joy. Poverty of pocket, has never never been poverty of soul for this poet and and his lyrical wordscapes.
Humbly.....somewhere in the Delta, Wallace Stevens meets Robert Johnson may compare.
Pritam Chowdhury, MA, PhD cand. Department of Anthropology, University of Arkansas
PS: Gary...If you haven't already, somewhere please publish Blueberry Wine.