And more (many sites with audio)
- Black History at the Academy of American Poetry
- Mr. Africa Poetry Lounge!
- 20th Century African-American Poets - set of lessons
- Afro Poets.Net - Famous Black Writers
- Phat African American Library including Langston Hughes, Amiri Baraka (Le Roi Jones), Nikki Giovanni and Nobel Prize winner Derek Walcott
- fragments of THE LAST POETS, rappers of the civil rights era
________some of us will catch it on TV
________with chicken hanging from our mouths
________you'll know it's revolution
________because there won't be no commercials
________when the revolution comes - 1970
Derek Walcott's "A City's Death by Fire" (Omeros)
After that hot gospeller has levelled all but the churched sky,And let us not forget the musical splendor of AfroCuban poet Nicolas Guillen - CAÑA (from (Poemas)
I wrote the tale by tallow of a city's death by fire;
Under a candle's eye, that smoked in tears, I
Wanted to tell, in more than wax, of faiths that were snapped like wire.
All day I walked abroad among the rubbled tales,
Shocked at each wall that stood on the street like a liar;
Loud was the bird-rocked sky, and all the clouds were bales
Torn open by looting, and white, in spite of the fire.
By the smoking sea, where Christ walked, I asked, why
Should a man wax tears, when his wooden world fails?
In town, leaves were paper, but the hills were a flock of faiths;
To a boy who walked all day, each leaf was a green breath
Rebuilding a love I thought was dead as nails,
Blessing the death and the baptism by fire.
junto al cañaveral.
sobre el cañaveral.
bajo el cañaveral.
que se nos va!