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Dear John, Dear Coltrane


African-American poet Michael (Steven) Harper wrote ” Dear John, Dear Coltrane” in 1970 about jazz saxophone legend, John Coltrane. This poem was  included in his first volume of the same name.   His use of repetition and lyric fragmentation in this poem displays the influence of not only that music, but the slower-paced traditions of African-American blues, gospel, and folk music.   In this poem, Harper is   innovative in his use of jazz rhythms and cultural allusion.  This poem was also included in a more recent Harper volume--Songlines in Michaeltree: New and Collected Poems (2000).


LINCCWeb online catalog – Search Terms


  • Harper, Michael  (Author Keywords)
  • Harper, Michael Steven (Subject Keywords)



Call Numbers for Browsing the Shelves


  • PS153
  • PS508


Circulating Books – A Selected List


  • Andrews, William L, ed.  The Concise Oxford Companion to African American

Literature.  2001.

                         Call Number:  PS153.N5 C59 2001

  • Gates, Henry Louis, Jr., and McKay, Nellie Y., ed.  The Norton Anthology of African American Literature. Second edition. 2004.

                        Call Number:  PS508.N3 N67 2004

  • Lock, Graham and Murray, David, ed.    thriving on a riff; jazz & blues influences in African American literature and film. 2009.

                       Call Number:  PS153.N5 T465 2009



Reference Materials

  • Contemporary Authors NR Series --  Call Number.   REF PN771.C58

o   Vol. 24, p. 226

  • Contemporary Literary  Criticism. Call Number.  REF PN771.C59

o   Vol. 7, p. 139

o   Vol. 22, p. 207

  • Dictionary of Literary Biography. – Call Number.  REF PS 221.D5

o   Vol. 41, p. 157

  • Masterplots II:  Poetry Series (Revised Edition).Call Number:  REF PN1110.5 .M37 2002

o   Vol. 2, p. 946




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