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Prez: Homage to Lester Young

Lester Young has been described as jazz’s first hipster who forever changed the sound of the tenor saxophone. In Prez, Jamie Reid creates an evocative image of Young with poetry and poetic prose that resonates with the fluid notes of Lester’s music.

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Lester Young has been described as jazz’s first hipster who forever changed the sound of the tenor saxophone. In Prez, Jamie Reid creates an evocative image of Young with poetry and poetic prose that resonates with the fluid notes of Lester’s music.

“Cooler in tone than many of the raving epiphanies of Jack Kerouac, Gregory Corso and Allen Ginsburg, Prez unmistakably partakes of both their style and substance in its jazz-derived improvisations-on-a-theme form and its deeply humanistic take on life.” – John Moore, Vancouver Sun

“A strong, focused, and unified work that will long be in the collections of poets and musicians.” – Victory Review

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Jamie Reid

amie Reid, was one of the five original editors of TISH, the Vancouver poetry newsletter that changed the face of Canadian poetry in the early 1960s. He is the author of four volumes of poetry, beginning with The Man Whose Path Was on Fire, in 1969. Prez was written in 1987 after Reid was absent for nearly two decades from publishing poetry while engaged in revolutionary political activism. It was followed by Mad Boys in 1997, and then by I. Another. The Space Between in 2004.

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