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(An IPhone Photo)

 

 

Early A.M. in the Rockies

 

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Reggie Scott Young's essay

"A Bluesville Tribute For Gwendolyn Brooks"

and three poems

are included in this special anthology that celebrates

the legacy of Gwendolyn Brooks

 

 

 

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Poems by Reggie Scott Young

featured on Sacred Trespasses

 

 

 

in both print and audio formats

 

Link here to read and listen to poems

by Reggie Scott Young at

Sacred Trespasses Magazine (online)

 

 

 

 

Bluesville (blüs-vil, esp Southern blüs-v&l) n.

1. A fictional name given to a neighborhood located on Chicago's West Side by June Bug Bailey in the novel Crimes in Bluesville. 2. Any African American community in the United States where people "live close to their folk traditions" (Ralph Ellison). 3. A cultural environment that is defined not by music but by the blues ethos that informs the lives of those who live in those communities. 4. A cultural style which, according to theologian James Cone, is cut from the same cultural cloth as the spirituals. 5. Subsidiary of Prestige Records (Bluesville Records) that specialized in recordings by traditional blues artists from circa 1950-1971.adj. 1. Having the characteristics of a bluesville; a bluesville feeling or state of being (“they must be having a bluesville kind of day”).

 

 

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Bluesville: (blüs-vil, esp Southern blüs-v&l) n.

1. A fictional name given to a neighborhood located on Chicago's West Side by June Bug Bailey in the novel Crimes in Bluesville. 2. Any African American community in the United States where people "live close to their folk traditions" (Ralph Ellison). 3. A cultural environment that is defined not by music but by the blues ethos that informs the lives of those who live in those communities. 4. A cultural style which, according to theologian James Cone, is cut from the same cultural cloth as the spirituals. 5. Subsidiary of Prestige Records (Bluesville Records) that specialized in recordings by traditional blues artists from circa 1950-1971.adj. 1. Having the characteristics of a bluesville; a bluesville feeling or state of being (“they must be having a bluesville kind of day”).

 

 

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Youthful Poems by

Reggie Scott Young

 

 

                             Prodigies (circa 1982)

 

 

                                     (for the kids playing outside of

                                     my window)

             

 

                            It's old dodge

                            city busting loose on

                            Spaulding

 

                            Little kids

                            guerrillas in training

                            practice tunes, blasting

                            soulful notes on

                            cherry bombs

 

                            attuning their ears to

                            the blues they'll blow

                            once they get their

                            magnums

 

                            Viet Nam

                            Johannesburg

                            Left Bank—

 

                                       what's to come

 

                               in Bluesville?

 

 

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The Watering Hole (circa 1983)

 

Rush Liquors is

the only surviving structure

in the 900 block of

13th street/from

the battles of

68/except for the

Allied Command H.Q.

 

Rush Liquors

despite an im-

poverished market/thrives

as a deserted oasis/

the troops needing spirit

for fuel/sip

Maddog before taking flight in

their disco lit/white

breasted squadrons/as

they enforce their oc-

cupation on

Chicago's Westside

 

 

 

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Yardbirds Squawking at the Moon

 

New and Vintage Poems by

 

Reggie Scott Young

 

 

 

 

Signed copies of Yardbirds Squawking at the Moon are available from

Reggie Scott Young via email request at

 

rybluesville.com@gmail.com

 

and also from Amazon.com
and other booksellers.



To schedule readings, interviews, or other appearances,
contact Reggie Scott Young at rybluesville.com@gmail.com.

 

 

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Praise for Yardbirds Squawking at the Moon

 

“From the Cold War to the New Millennium, from the Bluesville section of Chicago to the bayous of south Louisiana, Reggie Scott Young takes his readers on a wild ride through half a century of American experience. The hot-button topics of race, class, religion, gender, family, and politics are all fair game to his observant eye and honest pen. Nothing is sacred to this poet, not even Abraham Lincoln or his own preacher-father’s extramarital affairs. In the democratic spirit of Whitman, Sandburg, Brooks, and Hughes, Young sends forth his ‘barbaric squawk’ at the moon, resulting in poems that are direct, alive, necessary, and memorable.”

 

Julie Kane, former Poet Laureate of Louisiana and author of

Paper Bullets and Rhythm and Booze

 

 

"Reggie Scott Young gives us one fine poem after another about both the triumphs and tragedies of ordinary black folk, speaking to us in a voice that is as homespun as it is hard-edged, a voice that is fully in tune with African American musical idioms, namely gospel, the blues, and jazz. A way of saying that Young is that rare worker of the Word who can heart the beats of the human heart, however loud or faint, however near or far."

     

Jeffery Renard Allen, author of the novels Song of the Shank and

Rails Under My Back

 

 

 

“Reading these poems, prayer songs to the god of justice. I say Amen!”

 

Sandra Cisneros, author of House on Mango Street and

Looking for Marie

 

 

“The many thousands gone lift their eyes to rebirth in this witnessing-Yardbirds Squawking at the Moon where the words are the gift of celebration, each one a treasure made golden by a life lived with an eye to the gift. The poems in this collection bear the precious seal of a generation that saw the second emancipation of black folk and built a fortress against reprisals aimed at a culture whose faith was forged in prophecies many have forgotten. Young’s eye is the eye next to the ear listening to the sounds of tracks being laid in a necessary history in a necessary time. This poet’s heart is rooted in a love of what it is to be black, to be human, to be a man.”

 

—Afaa Michael. Weaver, Author of  City of Eternal Spring and

Multitudes: Poems Selected & New 

 

 

 

 

"Young’s poetry has roots that penetrate deep down into the earth so that each poem feels grounded in a specific moment that is both national and deeply personal. But roots can be dangerous, and Young’s poems can be dangerous too. These roots wander and run, they go so deep that they pierce the memories and fears we thought were long buried and forgotten. The poems in Yardbirds Squawkin at the Moon breathe and yearn, they damn and incant, they beat like a heart and lull you to dream, which is to say, they live."

 

Wiley Cash, New York Times Best Selling Author of A Land More Kind than Home and This Dark Road to Mercy

 

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