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Celebrated novelist, poet, and MacArthur fellow Ishmael Reed pushes the boundaries once again in the publication of From Totems to Hip Hop—a truly all-inclusive multicultural anthology—a literary event which will finally even the playing field. This important collection synthesizes and presents broad swaths of work from poets of all races and backgrounds, as only Reed can, Celebrated novelist, poet, and MacArthur fellow Ishmael Reed pushes the boundaries once again in the publication of From Totems to Hip Hop—a truly all-inclusive multicultural anthology—a literary event which will finally even the playing field. This important collection synthesizes and presents broad swaths of work from poets of all races and backgrounds, as only Reed can, ranging from Gertrude Stein to Ai, from Bessie Smith to Askia Toure, from W. C. Handy to the little-known poetry of Ernest Hemingway. Through his unique position in American letters, as writer, teacher, and even publisher, Reed has an unparalleled working knowledge of many of the more marginalized voices in American poetry. This collection will reflect that unique access by including acknowledged masters as well as lesser known talents in greater variety than any previous anthology. From Totems to Hip Hop will cover American poetry from its pre-Columbian origins to the hip hop lyricists of today and, with the guidance of Reed's thoughtful and provocative introduction and headnotes, trace the remarkably rich cross-pollination which has continually occurred across racial and cultural lines.


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Celebrated novelist, poet, and MacArthur fellow Ishmael Reed pushes the boundaries once again in the publication of From Totems to Hip Hop—a truly all-inclusive multicultural anthology—a literary event which will finally even the playing field. This important collection synthesizes and presents broad swaths of work from poets of all races and backgrounds, as only Reed can, Celebrated novelist, poet, and MacArthur fellow Ishmael Reed pushes the boundaries once again in the publication of From Totems to Hip Hop—a truly all-inclusive multicultural anthology—a literary event which will finally even the playing field. This important collection synthesizes and presents broad swaths of work from poets of all races and backgrounds, as only Reed can, ranging from Gertrude Stein to Ai, from Bessie Smith to Askia Toure, from W. C. Handy to the little-known poetry of Ernest Hemingway. Through his unique position in American letters, as writer, teacher, and even publisher, Reed has an unparalleled working knowledge of many of the more marginalized voices in American poetry. This collection will reflect that unique access by including acknowledged masters as well as lesser known talents in greater variety than any previous anthology. From Totems to Hip Hop will cover American poetry from its pre-Columbian origins to the hip hop lyricists of today and, with the guidance of Reed's thoughtful and provocative introduction and headnotes, trace the remarkably rich cross-pollination which has continually occurred across racial and cultural lines.

30 review for From Totems to Hip-Hop: A Multicultural Anthology of Poetry Across America

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nathan

    I like the ideology more than the content here. "From Totems to Hip Hop" is a clanging chorus of voices from the margins of political society. That means, while recognizable writers like W.E.B DuBois, Marianne Moore and Muriel Rukeyser get their say, there is a wonderful smattering of contributions from lesser-known writers, including some of Reed's own students, as well as popular artists like Dead Prez. These new voices are woven seamlessly into the text, without apology or explanation. This l I like the ideology more than the content here. "From Totems to Hip Hop" is a clanging chorus of voices from the margins of political society. That means, while recognizable writers like W.E.B DuBois, Marianne Moore and Muriel Rukeyser get their say, there is a wonderful smattering of contributions from lesser-known writers, including some of Reed's own students, as well as popular artists like Dead Prez. These new voices are woven seamlessly into the text, without apology or explanation. This legitimizes their place among the more prominent figures, and is well in keeping with the volume's overarching concern for the historically, politically and socially voiceless. Moderating the discussion between these diverse voices is Reed's helpful and buoyant series of introductory essays at the start of every section, and the collection of poetic manifestos closing out the anthology. Reed's essays highlight the fact that this is a very personal collection, and he makes a good apology for why he included what he did. The manifestos often veer into abstruse academic and political jargon, and they ought to have opened the collection, rather than closed it, because they try to clarify the ideas contained in many of the poems. Those ideas are not always readily apparent from the poems themselves. This is largely modernist poetry, unanchored by formalism and frequently characterized by extreme abstractness of expression. I personally don't much care for such free verse, but the liberty of expression, at the same time, mirrors the overall themes of political and social freedom. This is a good starting point for a closer look at any of the poets anthologized here; a bit closer study is needed to get the full effect of their works. But for diversity, cohesion of theme, and solid guidance to a broad, if cursory introduction to multicultural poetry, "From Totems to Hip-Hop" is hard to beat.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    After I sleep I will attempt to sum up a 560 page book of poetry that I spent 8 and half months (on and off) reading.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mikael

    a present from my then girlfriend for our impending break-up. she wrote something like 'thanks 4 yr kind words, but most of all thanks 4 what youve put in between the words' or something. ive always been good with words. i dont know what she meant by what i put in between the words. hatred? disappoinment? constant whinging? youd think from the title that this book would be filed with constant whinging from disaffected minority groups. you couldnt be more wrong. what is there between the words, i a present from my then girlfriend for our impending break-up. she wrote something like 'thanks 4 yr kind words, but most of all thanks 4 what youve put in between the words' or something. ive always been good with words. i dont know what she meant by what i put in between the words. hatred? disappoinment? constant whinging? youd think from the title that this book would be filed with constant whinging from disaffected minority groups. you couldnt be more wrong. what is there between the words, in the words, is proof that poetry could be the most powerful weapon mankind has ever devised. how abstract. but so be it. thank you for what youve put in between the french flaps of this book mr. editor whose name ive forgotten because im such an occidentalist i have trouble remembering arabic-sounding names.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Evan

    An amazing anthology for anyone who loves poetry, not simply meant as a textbook (though it works quite well for college or HS classrooms as well). So many names that were new to me and shouldn’t have been. I look forward to re-reading it many times.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mikal

    A poetry anthology that I draw from throughout the year for my classes. I wont "finish" this book in the traditional way. A poetry anthology that I draw from throughout the year for my classes. I wont "finish" this book in the traditional way.

  6. 4 out of 5

    melissa

    I can't say that I have "finished" this, but I come back to it from time to time. I think it is a nice collection. I can't say that I have "finished" this, but I come back to it from time to time. I think it is a nice collection.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Colton

    Lorna Dee Cervantes, am I right?

  8. 5 out of 5

    angrykitty

    this is a really nice book if you're looking for more non-mainstream poetry. esp. by non-dead-not-white-guys. if you use it for classroom use, you do need to watch for inappropriate language...:) this is a really nice book if you're looking for more non-mainstream poetry. esp. by non-dead-not-white-guys. if you use it for classroom use, you do need to watch for inappropriate language...:)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Seven

    overall good read!!!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Eric

    FANTASTIC collection. HIGHLY recommended.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Leslie D. Soule

    A very eclectic collection of well-written American poetry.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Fantastic collection of poems... Interesting and thought provoking!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Breakzqueen

    Ishmael Reed published one of my poems in here.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mahad

    helps to bridge one's knowledge about the language of the human soul- regardless of color, academic markers, gender, and other boxes helps to bridge one's knowledge about the language of the human soul- regardless of color, academic markers, gender, and other boxes

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mariam S.

    Enjoyed the anthology immensely! Ishmael Reed is a gem of an editor.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Janeishia

  17. 5 out of 5

    Michael Tommer

  18. 4 out of 5

    Angela

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Weckerle

  20. 5 out of 5

    Bob

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

  22. 4 out of 5

    Shin Yu

  23. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Jez

  24. 4 out of 5

    Megan

  25. 4 out of 5

    claire

  26. 4 out of 5

    Van G. Garrett

  27. 4 out of 5

    Desmon Dunn

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kristina Harrison

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jamia

  30. 4 out of 5

    Eva

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