Kim Addonizio | My Black Angel

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My Black Angel

by Kim Addonizio

Lucinda Williams says, "I don't just hear the blues in these poems / I see the blues in these poems /I see myself in these poems." A blues/word collaboration featuring "one of our nation's most provocative and edgy poets."
Genre: Spoken Word: With Music
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Introduction (feat. Kim Prevost)
1:05 album only
2. Cigar Box Banjo (feat. Charles D. Jones)
1:27 album only
3. Blues for Robert Johnson (feat. Erich Avinger)
2:06 album only
4. First Poem for You (feat. Erich Avinger)
1:08 album only
5. Creased Map of the Underworld (feat. Erich Avinger & Charles D. Jones)
3:12 album only
6. Long-Distance
1:27 album only
7. Guitar Strings (feat. Erich Avinger, Tarik Fawal & Chris Maresh)
2:37 album only
8. Train Song (feat. Charles D. Jones & Michael Mandrell)
2:06 album only
9. Half-Hearted Sonnet (feat. Michael Mandrell)
0:42 album only
10. Radio Blues
1:05 album only
11. Open Mic (feat. Erich Avinger)
3:58 album only
12. Heraclitean
1:24 album only
13. Queen of the Game (feat. Andrew Gordon)
1:14 album only
14. Harmonica
2:42 album only
15. Full Moon
1:14 album only
16. Rain
2:43 album only
17. Please
0:53 album only
18. Penis Blues (feat. Peter Kline, Michael Mandrell & Charles D. Jones)
1:39 album only
19. Spell Against Impermanence
0:57 album only
20. Black Snake Blues (feat. Erich Avinger, Peter Kline & Chris Maresh)
4:30 album only
21. Northeast Corridor Blues (feat. Erich Avinger)
1:24 album only
22. Salvation
1:12 album only
23. When Joe Filisko Plays the Blues (feat. Joe Filisko)
1:59 album only
24. The Women (feat. Anais Almayan, Kim Prevost & Sherita Perez)
1:40 album only
25. Wine Tasting
1:03 album only
26. Sweet Black Angel (feat. Ruth Beck & Michael Mandrell)
4:56 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
My Black Angel features all the poems from the book My Black Angel: Blues Poems and Portraits, with woodcuts of musicians by Charles D. Jones (available on amazon and elsewhere). Most of the tracks feature various musicians including Houston-based guitar virtuosos Erich Avinger and Michael Mandrell, San Francisco-based guitarist Tarik Fawal, Jones on banjo, and Addonizio on harmonica. Country blues harmonica master Joe Filisko plays a spirited Fox Chase on "When Joe Filisko Plays the Blues," and vocalist Ruth Beck covers a song written by the presiding spirit of this collection, Lucille Bogan. On "Penis Blues," Jones, Mandrell, and Peter Kline lend their moans to the speaker's lament: "I miss the penis. I feel like a word with no vowels; / no one wants to pronounce me."

Whether the vibe is funny, sorrowful, or reflective, these tracks are infused with a love of the blues and the word.

Kim Addonizio has been called "one of our nation's most provocative and edgy poets." She has been a National Book Award Finalist and recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation grant, two NEA grants, and other honors. The author of twelve books (and counting), she makes her living teaching privately and giving readings at conferences, colleges, and festivals around the world.

Here's what Lucinda Williams wrote about the poems of My Black Angel:

I don't just hear the blues in these poems
I see the blues in these poems
I see myself in these poems
Of women in love
and out of luck
Of one legged men
wanting love
Of the homeless
the forgotten
the betrayed
the scorned
Of the beautiful and mighty
rising out of the dust
of faithful memories that hang on
and won't let go
And I close the book,



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