Spring 1998 • Vol. XX No. 2 Poetry |

Revised Undiscovered Genius of the Mississippi Delta

LINER NOTE — The following cuts are taken from the double album, To Repel Ghosts, based on the work of the late artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Of Haitian & Puerto Rican heritage, Basquiat was born & bred in New York City; he died there in his Great Jones studio in August of 1988 after a battle with addiction to art & heroin. He was 27, and already an art-world phenomenon. These singles, however, concern themselves less with B's life than his work — many take paintings as their titles & inspiration — riffing off his colorful, layered, yet stark work. His wide-ranging art, with its emphasis on music, language, creative process & the black figure, has given license to explore "undiscovered genius " — whether blackface entertainer Bert Williams, self-taught artist Bill Taylor, or the anonymous & spontaneous shrine erected outside of Basquiat's studio after his death. "Riddle Me This Batman" is for Jerry Badanes, a wonderful writer & spirit who p

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Kevin Young is the author of ten books of poetry, most recently Blue Laws: Selected & Uncollected Poems, 1995–2015. His Book of Hours was a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Prize; his book The Grey Album won the PEN Open Award, the Graywolf Nonfiction Prize, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism. This essay has been adapted from Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News, longlisted for the National Book Award.

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