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From Totems to Hip-Hop: A Multicultural Anthology of Poetry Across the Americas 1900-2002

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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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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
Mar 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
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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.
Jul 26, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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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
Jan 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nov 28, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A poetry anthology that I draw from throughout the year for my classes. I wont "finish" this book in the traditional way.
Dec 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
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Lorna Dee Cervantes, am I right?
Jan 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
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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...:)
Oct 31, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
overall good read!!!
Mar 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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FANTASTIC collection. HIGHLY recommended.
Leslie D. Soule
Apr 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A very eclectic collection of well-written American poetry.
Oct 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic collection of poems... Interesting and thought provoking!
Aug 14, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Ishmael Reed published one of my poems in here.
Jul 04, 2011 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
Mariam S.
Jul 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Enjoyed the anthology immensely! Ishmael Reed is a gem of an editor.
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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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