A Rare and Exceptional Recording of Langston Hughes Reading His Own Poetry.
"Langston Hughes belongs to whoever is listening. A possession in common, like the sights and sounds of a streetcorner hangout or the barbershop debate over pretty girls' legs and baseball players; open your ears and your heart if you've got one, Langston will walk right in and do the rest. Always public, his poems have no front door; not fully alive in the unspoken state; never quite satisfied unless they are talking to somebody. His thoughts come naked, conceived in the open only at home in the public domain. Free, without charge, like water, like air--like salted peanuts at a Harlem rent party. Come in, have one on me--that's Langston's style; a great host; a perfect bartender; profligate--not of pigs' feet but of poetry--dishing it up, iambic pentameter, on the rocks and on the house, fresh wrote this morning. Dead now, but still alive. Ol' Langston in the corners of my mind." -- Ossie Davis
Contents: One Way Ticket The Negro Speaks of Rivers Puzzled Trumpet Player Ballad of the Gypsy Kid Sleepy Southern Mammy Songs Migrant Mama and Daughter Sylvester's Dying Bed Intern at Provident Hospital Merry-Go-Round Ku Klux Klan The South Mulatto Out of Work The Explanation of Our Times Dinner Guest: Me
Cultural Exchange This recording also includes rare commentary and reflections from the author.
Here, in his own words, Langston Hughes shares the life experiences that set him on the path to become one of America's greatest poets. Interspersed between his vibrant, masterful works, Hughes describes the sights, sounds, and memories of mid-century America, illuminating many events he experienced growing up black in an openly segregated and prejudiced society. By including his witty, entertaining, and wonderfully generous commentary, this recording provides a rare glimpse at the world behind Hughes's remarkably evocative oeuvre and adds even greater resonance to the emotional depth and sweeping vision of his excellent poetry. Listen to Langston Hughes read "One Way Ticket." Visit our audio help page for more information. (Running time: 50 minutes, 1 cassette) --George Laney