The Poetry of Sterling Brown

The Poetry of Sterling Brown

Sterling Brown SFW47002

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

Year Released 1995
Record Label Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 1995 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Genre(s) African American Spoken; Poetry
Country(s) United States
Culture Group(s) African American
Language(s) English
Subject(s) Poetry; Spoken word

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101 Long Gone Sterling Brown 1:19
102 Ma Rainey Sterling Brown 2:12
103 Sharecroppers Sterling Brown 1:52
104 Slim in Hell Sterling Brown 3:01
105 Old King Cotton Sterling Brown 1:19
106 Old Lem Sterling Brown 2:13
107 Break of Day Sterling Brown 1:54
108 Long Track Blues Sterling Brown 3:45
109 Transfer Sterling Brown 2:36
110 Sporting Beasley Sterling Brown 2:02
111 Sam Smiley Sterling Brown 2:22
112 After Winter Sterling Brown 1:35
113 Conjured Sterling Brown 0:44
114 Children's Children Sterling Brown 1:45
115 Cloteel Sterling Brown 3:03
116 Uncle Joe Sterling Brown 3:39
117 Parish Doctor Sterling Brown 2:52
118 Puttin' on Dog Sterling Brown 2:17
119 Ballad of Joe Meek Sterling Brown 5:18
120 Remembering Nat Turner Sterling Brown 4:04
121 Strong Men Sterling Brown 3:04
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