Stephen Cramer‘s obsession with the intersection of poetry and music has long provided the thumping backbeat to his work. The award-winning Burlington poet and University of Vermont senior lecturer in the English department has penned six poetry books.
Most recently, Cramer is the editor of Turn It Up! Music in Poetry from Jazz to Hip-Hop, an ambitious collection of poems about music. He takes a few guest solos with his own verses inspired by Miles Davis, Public Enemy, Nirvana and others. But Cramer’s primary role here is bandleader, orchestrating lyrical works by the likes of Langston Hughes, James Baldwin and Joyce Carol Oates.
Each of the book’s three sections — jazz, rock and hip-hop — sings with syncopation and soul, from former U.S. poet laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner Rita Dove’s ode to Lady Day, “Canary” to Vermont poet Major Jackson‘s “from Erie.” Turn It Up! is like a mixtape made by a friend with impeccable taste.
— Dan Bolles
Turn It Up has made its way into the world!
Check out a video of a few poems from there book here:
Get your own copy here:
or here: https://sundogpoetry.org/product/turn-it-up
I think we could all use a little more music and poetry in our lives at this point. Enjoy!
Got a new poem out there, cowritten with Isa Cramer (well, she gets two lines at least).
The Path by Stephen Cramer
Okay, so this is a bit of a maze. You need to click on the link above, then click through to their new website. Then scroll down to “More Posts.” Click it, and you’ll find my three pieces when you scroll down. It’s a complete mess, I know. But hopefully the poems will be worth it. 🙂
Look what arrived it the mail today! I’m so happy to have an essay in here, and pleased to share pages with David Budbill, Chard DeNiord, David Huddle, Martha Zweig, and others.
The word is officially out: this summer I’ll be releasing an anthology, Turn It Up! Music in Poetry from Jazz to Hip-Hop, with Sundog Press and Green Writers Press. I’m so proud of the lineup we’ve got in there: 400 pages of poems, including everyone from Langston Hughes, Allen Ginsberg, and Amiri Baraka to Yusef Komunyakaa, Kim Addonizio, Joyce Carol Oates, Kevin Young, and Danez Smith. 88 poets in all (the number of keys on a piano).
And, of course, we’ve got a dope cover from Michael J. Balzano.
We’re looking forward to putting the finishing touches on this project and then getting it out into the world as soon as we can!
Check out a new piece in Diode Poetry Journal. Because who doesn’t love poems about boys playing with lipstick?
So happy to have a poem in this new issue of The American Journal of Poetry, which is just packed with excellent authors and poems.