Woven Words: Blind Tom in verse

“Blind Tom” by Jessica Lynne Brown. An illustration from Olio

Tyehimba Jess's new collection of poems presents the sweat and story behind America’s blues, worksongs and church hymns.

Part fact, part fiction, Olio weaves sonnet, song, and narrative to examine the lives of mostly unrecorded African American performers including Blind Tom Wiggins.


General James Bethune and John Bethune Introduce Blind Tom
by Tyehimba Jess from Olio

Tyehimba Jess poem

Olio is available through Wave Books
“Blind Tom” by Jessica Lynne Brown is an illustration from Olio
Courtesy of Oxford American Magazine