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PoemTalk Podcast #39, discussing Etheridge Knight's "The Sun Came" and Gwendolyn Brooks' "Truth," December 29, 2010

Listen to the complete recording and read program notes for the episode at Jacket2.

Prison Poems, c. 1968, from Indiana State Prison, with loud music in background

Cell song, Hard rock returns to prison from the hospital for the criminal insane, He sees through stone, For freckle-faced Gerald, To the man who sidled up to me and asked: how long you in fer, buddy?, The idea of ancestry, The warden said to me the other day (16:41), To make a poem in prison (17:24), Sweethearts in a mulberry tree, As you leave me, A love poem, Poems for black relocation centers, For P.F.C. Joe Rogers, For Malcolm, a year after, Portrait of Malcolm X, It was a funky deal, Truth (by Gwendolyn Brooks), The sun came, To Dinah Washington, For Langston Hughes, To Gwendolyn Brooks, Apology for apostasy, Fire dance.

(52:29): mo3

So My Soul Can Sing: Etheridge Knight for Watershed Tapes, February 25, 1986

  1. Introduction by Gwendolyn Brooks (1:49): MP3
  2. He Paid Me Seven (1:10): MP3
  3. Wild Negro Bill (0:33): MP3
  4. Hard Rock Returns to Prison from the Hospital for Crimminal Insane (2:22) MP3
  5. He Sees Through Stone (1:04): MP3
  6. The Idea of Ancestry (3:19): MP3
  7. A WASP Woman Visits a Black Junkie in Prison (2:15): MP3
  8. "Beyond this green field" (0:15): MP3
  9. For Freckie-Faced Gerald (1:40): MP3
  10. The Warden Said to Me the Other Day (0:47): MP3
  11. Rehabilitation and Treatment in the Prisons of America (1:16): MP3
  12. Belly Song (2:59): MP3
  13. "Frozen Lakes" (0:25): MP3
  14. Yellow moon rise (0:10): MP3
  15. Two Hours I've Walked (0:07): MP3
  16. "Sigh, cry, broken hearted woman" (0:08): MP3
  17. "Say Mister" (0:07): MP3
  18. Circling the Daughter (4:53): MP3
  19. The Sun Came (0:55): MP3
  20. To the Man Who Sidled Up to Me and Asked, "How Long You in Fer, Buddy?" (0:36): MP3
  21. On the Yard (0:32): MP3
  22. To Make a Poem in Prison (0:49): MP3
  23. Genesis (0:26): MP3
  24. My Life, the Quality of Which (0:23): MP3
  25. For Eric Dolphy (0:28): MP3
  26. A Poem for Myself (or Blues for a Mississippi Black Boy) (1:29): MP3
  27. A Poem of Attrition (1:22): MP3
  28. A Poem for Black Relocation Centers (1:33): MP3
  29. A Poem for a Certain Lady on Her 33rd Birthday (0:47): MP3
  30. The Stretching of the Belly (0:56): MP3
  31. Upon Your Leaving (1:56): MP3
  32. Feeling Fucked Up (1:06): MP3
  33. Welcome Back, Mr. Knight, Love of My Life (1:48): MP3
  34. From the Moment (or Right/at/- The Time) (1:27): MP3
  35. For Black Poets Who Think of Suicide (0:49): MP3
  36. A Watts Mother Mourns while Boiling Beans (0:41): MP3
  37. For Malcolm, a Year After (1:06): MP3
  38. On the Birth of a Baby / Black / Boy (For Isaac Blackburn Knight) (2:14): MP3
  39. Birthday Poem (1:17): MP3
  40. Another Poem for Me, after Recovering from an OD (1:19): MP3
  41. For Mary Ellen McAnally (0:19): MP3
  42. Portrait of Mary (0:25): MP3
  43. I and Your Eyes (0:54): MP3
  44. Green Grass and Yellow Ballons (2:07): MP3
    Complete Tape, Side 1 (20:12): MP3 Complete Tape, Side 2 (26:59): MP3

Reading for the Friends of the Scranton Public Library Poetry Series, October 8, 1980

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  • complete reading (9:43): MP3

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