Born in African American work songs, field hollers, and the powerful legacy of the spirituals, the
blues traveled the country from the Mississippi delta to “Sweet Home Chicago,” forming the
backbone of American music. In this anthology–the first devoted exclusively to blues poems–a wide
array of poets pay tribute to the form and offer testimony to its lasting power.
The rich emotional palette of the blues is fully represented here in verse that pays tribute to the heart
and humor of the music, and in poems that swing with its history and hard-bitten hope.