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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, ...more
Paperback, 560 pages
Published December 31st 2002 by Da Capo Press (first published 2002)
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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.
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 ...more
Mikael
May 25, 2008 Mikael rated it 5 of 5 stars
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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 ...more
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.
Katie
I only read the poems by women. Still not my fave.
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...:)
Mahad
Jul 04, 2011 Mahad is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
helps to bridge one's knowledge about the language of the human soul- regardless of color, academic markers, gender, and other boxes
Candice
Love "Sun with Issues" by David Colosi! Ugh, this moves my soul in a way I can't explain. I have to read the words aloud!
Mikal
A poetry anthology that I draw from throughout the year for my classes. I wont "finish" this book in the traditional way.
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.
Leslie D. Soule
A very eclectic collection of well-written American poetry.
Sarah
Fantastic collection of poems... Interesting and thought provoking!
Eric
FANTASTIC collection. HIGHLY recommended.
Breakzqueen
Ishmael Reed published one of my poems in here.
Seven
Oct 31, 2007 Seven rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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overall good read!!!
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Ishmael Scott Reed is an American poet, essayist, and novelist. A prominent African-American literary figure, Reed is known for his satirical works challenging American political culture, and highlighting political and cultural oppression.

Reed has been described as one of the most controversial writers. While his work has often sought to represent neglected African and African-American perspective
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