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The Poetry of Sterling Brown

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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 himthe 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


  1. Name
  2. Long Gone
  3. Ma Rainey
  4. Sharecroppers
  5. Slim In Hell
  6. Old King Cotton
  7. Old Lem
  8. Break Of Day
  9. Long Track Blues
  10. Transfer
  11. Sporting Beasley
  12. Sam Smiley
  13. After Winter
  14. Conjured
  15. Children's Children
  16. Cloteel
  17. Uncle Joe
  18. Parish Doctor
  19. Puttin' On Dog
  20. Ballad Of Joe Meek
  21. Remembering Nat Turner
  22. Strong Men
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