Book Announcement: Poetry Collection by Acclaimed Author Lenard D. Moore


Don’t miss Lenard D. Moore’s book, The Geography of Jazz.

Below is just one of the great poems in the book:

Swinging Cool

by Lenard D. Moore

The bassist hugs

the bass, plunks it.

Ting, boom, ting boom

the drummer beats

and booms. Saxophonist

weaves notes, oscillates, blows

and the pianist finger-dances

on the keys: ‘Swinging

at the Haven.’ Musicians spark

the sheet music stands

and angled microphones.

Blue backdrop.

Modulating that tempo,

they work the tune.

Drumsticks knocking time,

piano plucking our ears.

Bassman still hugging

the bass, straight sets—

walls thrumming—

steady as the spring moon

inciting the indigo sky.

The Geography of Jazz is a poetry collection by internationally-acclaimed poet Lenard D. Moore. It  focuses on jazz music as an experience and as an inspiration.

In The Geography of Jazz, Moore celebrates jazz music and jazz musicians. Some of the poems address specific events. Others honor individual artists. Many do both. While the poems may not initially signal the rhythms of jazz in their presentation on the page, they convey jazz rhythms through Moore’s deft handling of the poetic line and his use of formal techniques including, but not limited to assonance, onomatopoeia, and repetition. This collection also includes a new poetic form, jazzku, an innovation that recalls Japanese haiku and tanka.

Lenard D. Moore, a poet and anthologist, is the author of A Temple Looming, Desert Storm: A Brief HistoryForever Home, and The Open Eye. He is the editor for All the Songs We Sing: Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Carolina African-American Writers’ Collective and One Window’s Light: A Collection of Haiku. He is the founder and executive director of the Carolina African American Writers’ Collective. The executive chairman of the North Carolina Haiku Society, Moore was also the first African–American president of the Haiku Society of America. His awards include the North Carolina Award for Literature and the Haiku Museum of Tokyo Award. An army veteran, the author teaches African-American literature and creative writing at the University of Mount Olive where he is the poet-in-residence.

The book is available through Blair, the publisher,

Also available through Amazon.

About Charlotte Digregorio

I publish books. I have marketed and/or published 55 titles. These books are sold in 46 countries to bookstores, libraries, universities, professional organizations, government agencies, and book clubs. In 2018, I was honored by the Governor of Illinois for my thirty-eight years of accomplishments in the literary arts, and my work to promote and advance the field by educating adults and students alike. I am the author of seven books including: Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All; Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Homes; You Can Be A Columnist; Beginners' Guide to Writing & Selling Quality Features; Your Original Personal Ad; and my latest, Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing. The first four books have been adopted as supplemental texts at universities throughout the U.S., Canada, India, Pakistan, and Catalonia. They are sold in 43 countries, and are displayed in major metropolitan cultural centers. These books have been reviewed, recommended, and praised by hundreds of critics, librarians, and professors worldwide. I am also the author of a poetry collection: "Shadows of Seasons: Selected Haiku and Senryu by Charlotte Digregorio." Two of my books have been Featured Selections of Writer's Digest Book Club. I am regularly interviewed by major print, radio, and television organizations throughout the U.S. I regularly sign books at libraries, chain bookstores, and university bookstores, and do poetry readings at art centers, cafes, tea houses, and galleries. I was recently nominated for two Pushcart Prizes in poetry. I have won fifty-nine poetry awards, writing fourteen poetic forms. My poetry has been translated into eight languages. I do illustrated solo poetry exhibits 365 days a year in libraries, galleries, corporate buildings, hospitals, convention centers, and other venues. My individual poems have been displayed at supermarkets, apparel and wine shops, banks, botanic gardens, restaurants, and on public transit. I have been nominated and listed in "The International Authors and Writers Who's Who" in Cambridge, England and in the "Who's Who In Writers, Editors & Poets U.S./Canada." I hosted my own radio program, "Poetry Beat," on public broadcasting. My poetry has been featured on several library web sites including those of Shreve Memorial Library in Louisiana and Cornell University's Mann Library. My background includes positions as a feature editor and columnist at daily newspapers and as a magazine editor. I have been a public relations director for a non-profit organization. I am self-employed as a public relations/marketing consultant, having served a total of 118 clients in 23 states for the past several decades . In other professional areas, I have been on university faculties, teaching French, Italian, and Writing. I regularly give lectures and workshops on publishing, journalism, publicity, poetry, and creativity to business and professional groups, and at writer's conferences, universities, literary festivals, non-profit organizations, and libraries. I have been a writer-in-residence at universities. There have been about 400 articles written about me in the media. I have served on the Boards of writers and publishers organizations. My positions have included Board Secretary of the Northwest Association of Book Publishers. I served for five years as Midwest Regional Coordinator of The Haiku Society of America, and for two years as its Second Vice President.
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4 Responses to Book Announcement: Poetry Collection by Acclaimed Author Lenard D. Moore

  1. Paul Beech says:

    Moore’s new collection ‘The Geography of Jazz’ sounds great.

    Reading the sample poem “Swinging Cool” I feel I’m right there, in a smoky basement jazz bar, downing a jar or two as the band ratchets up the rhythm and takes off…

    Great to hear about this new poetic form too – “jazzku”. Yeah, definitely intriguing…

    My very best,


  2. Ava Thompson says:

    Swinging Cool gets you moving and swaying with the music. It delivers an entire scene for all of your senses.

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