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       "Harper's is a poetry of classically unadorned statement, a direct,         unflinching record of a man alive in his time. When he is at his best,         in both his public and his private voice, he creates a language humming         with emotion and ennobled by a deeply felt human dignity."         -- Virginia Quarterly Review       ". . . one of the finest poets        "Harper's is a poetry of classically unadorned statement, a direct,         unflinching record of a man alive in his time. When he is at his best,         in both his public and his private voice, he creates a language humming         with emotion and ennobled by a deeply felt human dignity."         -- Virginia Quarterly Review       ". . . one of the finest poets of our time."         -- San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle        


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       "Harper's is a poetry of classically unadorned statement, a direct,         unflinching record of a man alive in his time. When he is at his best,         in both his public and his private voice, he creates a language humming         with emotion and ennobled by a deeply felt human dignity."         -- Virginia Quarterly Review       ". . . one of the finest poets        "Harper's is a poetry of classically unadorned statement, a direct,         unflinching record of a man alive in his time. When he is at his best,         in both his public and his private voice, he creates a language humming         with emotion and ennobled by a deeply felt human dignity."         -- Virginia Quarterly Review       ". . . one of the finest poets of our time."         -- San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle        

30 review for Dear John, Dear Coltrane: Poems (Poetry from Illinois)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Eddie

    Michael S Harper's first book is suffused with pain, but also with joy and love and sex. A poet of both the intimate and the global. Beautiful.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Marvin

    Fantastic collection of poems focusing on jazz and musicians, marriage and the loss of a child, and race and civil rights. At their best in pieces like "Near Colorado," The Waterbowl," "Crisis in the Midlands: St. Louis, Missouri," and "Echoes II," when Harper builds images crystalline and heart-wrenching.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Crompton

    It didn't actually take me five months to read this slim volume of poetry - or I guess it did, in a way. I read a poem or two at time, with long breaks in between. These poems, "about" music, race, relationships, and personal tragedy, are denser and more enigmatic than I expected. I'm still not exactly sure what I think about the book, except that I want to read it again. And I guess that's saying something.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    I’m very glad I read it. Reading these poems both before and after the killing of nine African-American people at their church is both instructive and damning. The poet helps me see the world in a way that I am often too blind to see. These poems, though pretty old, speak as clearly today as they did when they were written. Powerful stuff.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kate Brennan

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    Keith

    Michael Harper's first book. It's a classic. The poem he wrote for Miles Davis sets the tempo for this great book of poems. If you are a lover of poems this is a must have.

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