Ran down to Sherri Barnes's place in Ventura recently for a book celebration to honor publication of A Change in the Weather, the first critical book from poet Geoffrey Jacques.
I first met Geoffrey years ago when we attended an outdoor jazz concert together in L.A. In 2005, his great book of poetry Just for a Thrill came out from Wayne State University Press.
James Smethurst says of the new book: "This is the most exciting work on the development of literary and artistic modernism in the United States that I have read in a long time. Unlike many other scholars who see African American modernism as either distinct from or on the margins of high modernism, Jacques takes a leaf from Mary Helen Washington s famous question about American Studies and investigates what happens when we put African American expressive culture at the center of modernism. . . . The breadth of the author s interdisciplinary knowledge is stunning. . . . Much of this study is groundbreaking."