Lansana, Quraysh Ali 2017

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
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aint got no mind ta leev dis place
go on moses   find yo promise lan
mines is here beside dis fire
wid folks we knows from when we’s born

              – Quraysh Ali Lansana, “faithless”

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The success of hip-hop has radically reshaped many American art forms. This is particularly true of poetry. Although the links are sometimes drawn too hastily between the two mediums-after all, hip-hop is at its heart a popular form of entertainment, where narrative style is just one dimension of its artistic importance-hip-hop has been drastically underrated, considering how radically it has influenced American poetics.

yo baby   i aint too old jus yet
jus round thirty-one   i think   make us a home john    one
where we’s both free   free from de lash’s shadow free like de lord
mean   got dis suit fo ya john   aint nobody worn dese clothes befo
walk proud in dese clothese   dese is free mans cloths

              – Quraysh Ali Lansana, “long way home”

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