From Totems to Hip-Hop A Multicultural Anthology of Poetry Across the Americas, 1900-2002

ISBN-10: 1560254580

ISBN-13: 9781560254584

Edition: 2003

Authors: Ishmael Reed

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Collects American poetry divided into sections such as nature, family, andolitics, by individuals including Bessie Smith, Langston Hughes, Agha Shahidli, Marianne Moore, Tupac Shakur, Russell Leong, and Ernesto Trejo.
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Book details

List price: $22.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Da Capo Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/31/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 560
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Poet and novelist Ismael Reed was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on February 22, 1938 and grew up in Buffalo, New York. After attending the State University of New York at Buffalo, he moved to New York City, where he became a co-founder of the East Village Other, a journal of experimental writing. From New York, he moved to Berkeley, California, and started the Yardbird Publishing Company. Reed's fiction draws upon myth, magic, and ritual to produce a literature that attempts to be larger than life. He has been called an ironist, whose explorations of United States history in general and African American history in particular reveal deep scars in the culture that no amount of technology can heal. Reed tries to incorporate multimedia and nonlinear techniques into his writing style. He has defended his eclectic techniques with spirit, however: "Many people call my fiction muddled, crazy, incoherent because I've attempted in fiction the techniques and forms painters, dancers, film makers, musicians in the West have taken for granted for at least 50 years, and the artists of many other cultures, for thousands of years." His other published books include: six collections of poetry, including: New and Collected Poems, 1964-2007; eight collections of essays, most recently Barack Obama and the Jim Crow Media: The Return of the Nigger Breakers (2010); Gethsemane Park; The Reed Reader (2000); Blues City: A Walk in Oakland (2003); and six plays, collected by Dalkey Archive Press as Ishmael Reed, The Plays (2009).

Introduction
A Lost Memory of Delhi
Newark
Sun with Issues
Endangered Species
from Elemental Journey: Anniversary Gift, #4 and #5
Hides
San Jose: a poem
Three Snakes, Strawberry Canyon, Berkeley
Hurakan: A Two Way Poem
The Idea of Detroit
Earth Chorus
Shagoon 1-4
Animal Liberation
Oaktown CA
Chicago
Africa
The Steeple-Jack
#8 from The Past
At Yorktown
La Jolla. In 3 Acts
Earthquake Blues
Chicago
The Heavy Bear Who Goes with Me
Weather
Every Where and Every When
Cows and Alabama Folklore
Hurricane Doris
Love Poem to an Avocado from a Tomato
Los Angeles
Montana's Biggest Weekend
Pear's Complaint
Seeing Red
Black Mountain Blues
The Battle
Woman
The Brides Come to Yuba City
Something Nice
Untitled
from Lives in Dreadful Wanting
Love is Not a Word
The Purpose of Altar Boys
A Very Valentine
Ringless
The Widow's Lament in Springtime
Bad Girl Blues
Why Must U Be Unfaithful (4 Women)
Bells
A Place Without Shame
In the Waiting Room
Oh! Mercy Mercy Me! A Family Gathers to Marvin Gaye
Callaloo
Nani Worries About Her Father's Happiness in the Afterlife
One Man's Family
Good times
The Names
Grandmother Eliza
April Fool Birthday Poem for Grandpa
Aunt Helen
Bicentennial Anti-Poem for Italian-American Women
Dance of the Letters
Winnings
Joshua Clark
Aerogramme 1-5: Los Angeles
This Is the Poem I Never Meant to Write
Doll
Last Days of a Slow Cooker
My Shattered Sister
Hungry
Turkey People
Quill Holler Waller
The Truth the Dead Know
The Elders
Uncle Good Intentions
Easter: Wahiawa, 1959
Untitled
For My Sister
The Cloud Unfolding
The Fat of the Land
Six Families of Puerto Ricans
It's in the Blood
The Dirty Dozens
And in the U.S.A.
Integrating the Strawberry Swimming Pool in 1998
Killers
Poem for the Young White Man Who Asked Me How I, an Intelligent, Well-Read Person, Could Believe in the War between Races
Giles Johnson, Ph.D.
The Sony of the Smoke
Speak the Truth to the People
1933
Eli, Eli
A Semi-Revolution
Centennial year for the Spirits
That God Made
1990
Advertisement for the Waldorf-Astoria
The Potato Manifesto
Facing It
What Were They Like?
The Execution
Milla: Mi abuela, Puerto Rico
This Passover or the Next I Will Never Be in Jerusalem
from America in 1918
For the Angry White Student Who Wanted to Know If I Thought White People Ever Did Anything Good for 'the Indians'
Poem (I Lived in the First Century)
Between the World and Me
Coyote Makes the First People
Ogun's Friend
Song 1 from Three Songs From the 50's
Skin of Clouds
Helen
Tribute to Duke
Latin Music in New York
Joe Williams at the Blue Note/Chicago, 1955/March 30, 1999
Wolf Warrior
A Ballad of the Life and Times of Joe Louis: The Great Brown Bomber
Tiva's Tapestry: La Llorona
Filling the Gap
Skip The Byuppie
Crootey Songo
Sun Yat Sen Comes to Lodi
Trickster Rabbit
Bryan, Bryan, Bryan, Bryan
Viewing Mona Lisa
Six Movements for Portraits of Erzulie
Lady Lazarus
Disney's Cinderella
Madonna for the Damned-a 1980's Heroine
A Flower from Robert Kennedy's Grave
from The Battlefield Where the Moon Says I Love You
Dawnsong!
A Poem for "Magic"
Fallen
Jerusalem Walked thru War
For Malcolm X
Searchin'
The Imagists' Manifesto (1915)
The Introduction to American Writers' Congress (1935)
Gwendolyn Brooks (1969)
An Introduction to Chinese- and Japanese-American Literature (1975)
Adieu a Charlot (Second Populist Manifesto) (1975-1978)
The Rise of the White Shamon as a New Version of Cultural Imperialism
from Pro Femina (1973)
The Introduction to Stealing the Language, the Emergence of Women's Poetry in America (1986)
The Cannon (1999)
Police State
Contributors
Acknowledgments
Permissions
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