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The Poetry of Sterling Brown

The Poetry of Sterling Brown

Poet, critic, legendary teacher, irreverent raconteur Sterling Brown reads 21 of his most memorable poems. The verses resonate with the music of the life he saw around him—the blues sung to lost loves, chants of saints praying to be in the number, tragic-comic cries in the face of hatred and injustice, and jubilant songs of endurance and perseverance. Sterling Brown's poetic genius lies in his subtle adaptation of blues, spirituals, work songs, and ballads into silver threads that dazzle his spoken verse. His complete readings for Folkways Records from 1946-1973 are available on CD for the first time. Dr. Joanne Gabbin, Sterling Brown scholar and biographer, contributes extensive notes and bibliography. Compiled by Yusef Jones. 53 minutes. "One of America's finest poets in a compelling collection" —Naird Notes

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Long Gone Sterling Brown 1:19
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Ma Rainey Sterling Brown 2:12
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Sharecroppers Sterling Brown 1:52
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Slim in Hell Sterling Brown 3:01
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Old King Cotton Sterling Brown 1:19
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Old Lem Sterling Brown 2:13
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Break of Day Sterling Brown 1:54
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Long Track Blues Sterling Brown 3:45
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Transfer Sterling Brown 2:36
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Sporting Beasley Sterling Brown 2:02
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Sam Smiley Sterling Brown 2:22
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After Winter Sterling Brown 1:35
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Conjured Sterling Brown 0:44
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Children's Children Sterling Brown 1:45
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Cloteel Sterling Brown 3:03
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Uncle Joe Sterling Brown 3:39
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Parish Doctor Sterling Brown 2:52
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Puttin' on Dog Sterling Brown 2:17
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Ballad of Joe Meek Sterling Brown 5:18
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Remembering Nat Turner Sterling Brown 4:04
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Strong Men Sterling Brown 3:04
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