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Cornelius Eady

Nina's Blues

Born in Rochester, New York, in 1954, Cornelius Eady is the author of seven poetry collections, most recently Hardheaded Weather (Penguin, 2008). Ploughshares has commented: "What is beautiful about Eady's work is the way in which the poems themselves become envelopes, containers for the elegant missives of his character's voices—not angry in their tone, but piercing, quiet, intelligent—reflections of Cornelius Eady's wonderfully restless spirit." Eady often invokes the musical quality of jazz and blues, and in his elegy "Nina's Blues," he uses rhythmical language to praise the legendary Nina Simone. Eady has said, "I really enjoy the idea of the language that's inside of music itself…I try to find a way to translate or interpret what I hear in music." Eady is the co-founder of Cave Canem, a national organization for African American poetry and poets. His many awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. Currently he is associate professor of English and director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Notre Dame. This animation was created by Ryan Rogers, and Eady reads.

To read this and other poems by Cornelius Eady, as well as biographical information about the poet, please visit the Poetry Foundation Web site.