Lyrics for Langston


If you like Langston Hughes’ poetry, you’ll love “Lyrics for Langston”, a poetic tribute to the legendary poet for the people, influencer during the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s, and activist. Venus Jones shares our common story, history, and herstory, in rhythmic verse, joining the ranks of poets who write with a passion for social progress. These lyrics are just as silly as they are serious, guiding us in the universal search of dreams, social justice, peace, and progress.




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by E:

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ There’s an edge, that lets you know you’re living….
If ever you are looking for a different that makes a difference, know you’ve found it in ‘Lyrics for Langston’ by Venus Jones. With this new collection of her poems, written in a fresh style inspired by the works of Langston Hughes, Venus reaches new highs, moving you to a soul-state just beyond sight and sound where you feel convinced by ‘Freedom of Choice’, and ‘Yes We Can’, oh-so-convicted in ‘Pull Over?’ and vindicated in ‘White and Rong (War)’. This work will surely become inspirational in the continued renaissance of written rhythm.

‘Lyrics for Langston’ is a fantastic read if you are already a fan of the versatile artistry of Venus Jones; a highly recommended addition to any serious poetry collection.

by OluWaa:

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ This book is Alllllllllll Right!
Such a refreshing, and deeply moving Ode to Freedom. I read the whole thing in one shot, couldn’t put it down.
By reading about your journey I now have a better understanding of the message in the Music, Poetry, Arts. Thank you for being, I highly recommend this book.

by Malika Miller:

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Lyrics For is an Encore…Langston is dancing again
Six months ago I saw a beautiful poet on the news circuit, Def poetry Slam, Ted Talks and many others and I said she could be the best living Black female in our midst. I might have rushed to judgement. That was before I read, Lyrics For Langston. You have found a voice and it leaps right off the pages…Your poetry is ageless, jazzy, sometimes Bluesy but always sincere.

You do not write for presses and cameras. You write with amazing conviction. Your language is bright and retains light, taking your readers on a Black magic carpet to Harlem, the South and far beyond. I couldn’t expect a better tribute to Langston Hughes. The poem I will really remember for a long time is, Lyrics For Langston, such a fluid ending to a solid writing. Thank you so so much for allowing me to enjoy the pleasure of experiencing your talent..The book is truly A Pill For The Pain. I recommend it to anyone. Poet M.e. Michael Ellis

by numbrcrunchr:

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ A great new poetic voice
I’ve been following Venus Jones’s work for some ten years, her live work, her recorded work, and her written work. I enjoyed “Lyrics For Langston” from the very first poem that I read.

Venus is a fresh new voice, and has a fresh new viewpoint that deserves to be heard and read. Get this book, read it, and understand where poetry is in the 21st century. She speaks to what this country is and has become for both the young and not-so-young.

by Rosalind Bartlett:

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ A Must Read
Venus Jones a young gifted author of the spoken word, gives an inspirational tribute to Langston Hughes. This tribute is written in the style and mood of Langston, you can feel the Jazz, Blues and Emotions of the Original “Jazz Man” as Langston was called. Very moving, a must read



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