Sunday, October 25, 2009
Haki R. Madhubuti @ 57th Street Books
Haki R. Madhubuti
Tue., Nov. 3, 6 p.m.
57th Street Books
1301 E. 57th
Time: Tuesday, November 3, 2009 6:00 p.m.
Location: 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th Street, Chicago, IL 60637
Renown throughout the nation as an activist and educator as well as a poet, Dr. Madhubuti has been a pivotal figure in the development of a strong Black literary tradition. Emerging from the Civil Rights and Black Arts movements of the 1960s and continuing to the present, he helped define and sustain a new energy sweeping across America. With “healing words of wisdom and dynamic action plans rooted in history,” his poetry gave words to the conflicted emotions of many.
As the most comprehensive collection of Dr. Madhubuti’s poetry, Liberation Narratives: New and Collected Poems 1966-2009 revisits work from popular volumes such as Don’t Cry, Scream (1969); Earthquakes and Sunrise Missions (1984); Black Men (1991); Tough Notes: A Healing Call for Creating Exceptional Black Men (2002); and Run Toward Fear (2004), while a section titled “Liberation Narratives” offers new poems for 2009. Included is a tribute to the late Studs Turkel, repudiations of the Bush administration, musings on the election of America’s first Black president, and a number of other gems.