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Poets Read Their Contemporary Poetry: Before Columbus Foundation

Various Artists
Poets Read Their Contemporary Poetry: Before Columbus Foundation

Founded in 1976, the Before Columbus Foundation was formed as a nonprofit educational and service organization dedicated to the promotion and dissemination of contemporary American multicultural literature. The Foundation employed the term “multicultural” not as a description of an aspect of American literature, but as a definition of all American literature. In this recording from the Oakland Museum, the Foundation presents a live reading by 14 poets lead by Foundation board member Ishmael Reed and noted writer and poet Amiri Baraka.

Track Listing

101
Intro Ishmael Reed 4:49
102
A Bard's Prayer/ Poetry Bob Callahan 2:51
103
For the Poets Jayne Cortez 4:53
104
Poem for Fanny / Yang-chu Said Maureen Owen 2:09
105
I Am a Dangerous Woman / Crossing the Border Into Canada Joy Harjo 3:16
106
Boringuen Alurista 2:45
107
Housewife Susan Zavarin 1:48
108
Bark Is What Us Dogs Do... / On a Leash / From a Midrash David Meltzer 3:47
109
Artist/Art This / (Seque into) Anonymous Sonnet Victor Hernandez Cruz 4:19
201
Rabbit, Hair, Leaf Mei Bersenbrugge 3:51
202
Flipochinos / Being Your Woman / Pacific Lover Cyn Zarco 3:06
203
St Louis Woman Ishmael Reed 7:40
204
Part 3 from Wolfbane David Henderson 3:27
205
Dope Amiri Baraka 5:35
206
New York Weather Report / Dedicated to William Melvin Kelly / Sound Poem David Jackson 4:05

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