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Catch The Fire!!: A Cross-Generational Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry
by D-Knowledge

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    Format: Paperback, 288 pages
    Classification: Poetry
    ISBN13: 9781573226547
    Imprint: Riverhead Books
    Publisher: Penguin Random House
    Parent Company: Bertelsmann and Pearson PLC
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    Book Description:

    African-American poetry is an ever-growing and ever-changing art form… in coffee houses and night clubs... from the blues and be-bop, to rap and hip-hop. Catch the Fire!!! is more than a poetry anthology. It is a cultural event: the indroduction of a new generation of African-American poets by an established generation, and a celebration of contemporary African-American poetry. Through the themes of family, the city, revolution, the body, and the soul, included selections written by several noted poets and writers including the late Amiri Baraka, Sonia Sanchez, Nikki Giovanni, Quincy Troupe, June Jordan, Ntozake Shange, Abiodun Oyewole of The Last Poets, and many others. discuss their own generation of poets and their thoughts about the emerging poets whose poems they are presenting here.

    The Revolution Will Be on the Big Screen

    My man Gil Scott Heron once said:
    The revolution will not be televised
    Well...
    Gil Scott may have a point
    The revolution may not be televised
    But...
    The revolution will be a major motion picture
    The revolution will not be televised
    But...
    The revolution will be on the big screen

    The Revolution will be a fifty million dollar production
    The Revolution will be written by John Grisham
    And directed by Oliver Stone
    The Revolution will star Kevin Costner and Julia Roberts
    And they will teach people of color
    How to revolt
    And how to fight and how to hide and how to kill
    And how to SCREAM
    The Revolution will be on the big screen, brother.

    The Revolution will have one Latino extra
    Playin' a thief
    One Asian extra
    Playin' a servant
    And one Native American extra runnin’
    down Florence and Normandie yellin’
    Geronimo.

    The Revolution will have one Black supporting actor
    Denzel Washington
    Who will be killed by Kevin Costner in the first
    three minutes
    For looking at Julia Roberts for more than
    one minute
    While Kevin Costner will have a picture of Whitney Houston
    Burnin' in his wallet
    The Revolution will be on the big screen, sistah.

    The Revolution will be coming soon to a theatre near you
    And will get two thumbs up from Siskel and Ebert
    And will make more money than Jurassic Park and ET
    The Revolution will cost $7.50 to see or $5.50 if
    you got a student i.d.
    The Revolution will go good with popcorn, bon bons and licorice
    The Revolution will be on the big screen.

    The Revolution will have a multi platinum soundtrack
    Wtih revolutionary songs sung by
    Guns 'N' Roses, Metallica and Madonna
    The Revolution will be advertised on billboards, buses, t shirts
    and at Taco Bell and Micky Dees
    The Revolution will be on the big screen.

    The Revolution will be distributed internationally
    The Revolution will be seen in Cuba, Ruwanda and Haiti
    The Revolution will change the way the world thinks about
    Revolution
    And the way the world thinks about
    Change
    The Revolution will be on the big screen.

    The Revolution will have a sequel
    The Revolution will have a part III
    The Revolution will be too large for t.v.
    Too large for the little screen
    The Revolution will be larger than life
    Larger than large
    And larger than larger than large
    The Revolution will not be televised
    Will not be televised
    Not be televised
    Be televised
    The Revolution will be
    On the Big Screen.

    D-Knowledge
    (Derrick I.M. Gilbert)



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