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Open Minds Book Series 2022-2023

This guides contains supplemental information to assist participants learn more about the texts of the 2022-2023 Open Mind Book Series, a program of Rockhurst University's Center for Arts and Letters.

Olio by Tyehimba Jess

From the Publisher: With ambitious manipulations of poetic forms, Tyehimba Jess presents the sweat and story behind America’s blues, worksongs and church hymns. Part fact, part fiction, Jess's much anticipated second book weaves sonnet, song, and narrative to examine the lives of mostly unrecorded African American performers directly before and after the Civil War up to World War I. Olio is an effort to understand how they met, resisted, complicated, co-opted, and sometimes defeated attempts to minstrelize them.

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