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Gilbert “Gil” Scott-Heron | April 1, 1949 – May 27, 2011

Sunday, May 29th, 2011


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Untamed Proud Poet

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He is His

— Miss Gwendolyn Brooks

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A Very Long Post About the Extraordinary Artist and Poet and Storyteller and Singer and Philosopher and Influential Activist and Fighter of Inner Demons Gilbert Scott-Heron

Last week Gil Scott-Heron’s death came and went and then his name disappeared into the internet abyss. He seemed vaguely familiar to a lot of people but aside from his song-poem, “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,” few really knew his work. As it turns out, the ones who knew the most about him were not the consumers of music so much as artists and performers and writers and people who make things. Gil Scott-Heron was what people call an “artists’ artist.” It is a designation given only to the rare few who make art with a high degree of integrity despite whatever difficulties might plague them – poverty & racism to name a few ….

Read the rest of Michael Young’s tribute to Gil Scott-Heron at SF MOMA’s blog


GIL SCOTT-HERON, the poet and recording artist whose syncopated spoken style and mordant critiques of politics, racism and mass media in pieces like The Revolution Will Not Be Televised made him a notable voice of black protest culture in the 1970s, has died in Manhattan.

He was 62, a longtime resident of Harlem and reportedly HIV positive.

Scott-Heron often bristled at the suggestion that his work had prefigured rap. ”I don’t know if I can take the blame for it,” he said last year. He preferred to call himself a ”bluesologist,” drawing on the traditions of blues, jazz and Harlem Renaissance poetics.

Ben Sisario, Sydney Morning Herald


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The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, 1970

Home is Where the Hatred Is, 1971

Winter in America, 1974

The Bottle, 1976

Racetrack in France, 1977

Thom Jurek’s review of I’m New Here (2010), Gil Scott-Heron’s first and last new album in 16 years

“Gil Scott-Heron, whose music reflected black anger, dies at 62” | Cristian Salazar, Washington Post/AP, May 29, 2011

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Gil Scott-Heron in Harlem, 2010

“Gil Scot-Heron, Poet and Musician, Has Died” | Daoud Tyler-Ameen, NPR’s The Record, May 27, 2011



Sunday, May 8th, 2011


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In memory of Edith Eddy | 23 July 1919- 3 January 2011

Light-years ago: Chapala afternoons,
a lake-like feel and smell, the way we met,
three children California-born, full moons,
the world not yet as gone as it would get.

Lifetimes ago: Kauai, Sri Lanka, France,
the U.K., Switzerland and Italy,
the island of Madeira, China. Once
upon a time you told all this to me.

You grew up in these places, went to school,
learned languages, then found the U.S.A.
Your sisters didn’t follow. You, uncool,
fell fast and hard in love, and there you’d stay.

But all too soon your voice, an earthy purr,
wore down. Still, where your love took root, you star.

— Al Young

© 2011 by Al Young


LOST & FOUND | The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011


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Series II (Spring 2011)
Series ISBN: 978-0-615-43350-9

Selections from El Corno Emplumado/ The Plumed Horn
ed. Margaret Randall

Diane di Prima: The Mysteries of Vision: Some Notes on H.D.
ed. Ana Bozicevic

Diane di Prima: R.D.’s H.D.
ed. Ammiel Alcalay

Barcelona, 1936: Selections from Muriel Rukeyser’s Spanish Civil War Archive
ed. Rowena Kennedy-Epstein

Jack Spicer’s Translation of Beowulf: Selections
eds. David Hadbawnik and Sean Reynolds

Robert Duncan: Olson Memorial Lecture #4
eds. Erica Kaufman, Meira Levinson, Bradley Lubin, Megan Paslawski, Kyle Waugh, Rachael Wilson, and Ammiel Alcalay

Series I (Spring 2010)
First Edition Out of Print

Amiri Baraka & Edward Dorn: Selections from the Collected Letters, 1959–1960
ed. Claudia Moreno Pisano

The Correspondence of Kenneth Koch & Frank O’Hara: 1955–1956 (Parts I and II)
ed. Josh Schneiderman

Darwin & the Writers: Muriel Rukeyser
ed. Stefania Heim

Philip Whalen’s Journals: Selections (Parts I and II)
ed. Brian Unger

The 1963 Vancouver Poetry Conference/Robert Creeley’s Contexts of Poetry: with selections from Daphne Marlatt’s Journal Entries
ed. Ammiel Alcalay

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