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Not as impressed as i thought I'd be with his poems but i still enjoyed them. I liked the black and white photographs interspersed with the poems, and i liked the narrow book format. I enjoyed reading the full "who will survive in america?" piece (sampled by Kanye West on his album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy). It definitely made me want to read his other work, i'm especially looking forward to his novel called Vulture.
Gilbert Scott Heron was born in 1949. His mother was a librarian and his father a soccer player from Jamaica. In his youth Heron displayed both sporting prowess and academic ability (he won a place at Pennsylvania Lincoln University, like his role model Langston Hughes, the Harlem Renaissance man). But he quit college after the first year to write his first novel, The Vulture (1970). While Heron w ...more