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Furious Flower: Conversations with African American Poets.

A four part video anthology of African American poetry from the 1940s to 1995 offering intimate portraits of leading poets reading and discussing their own works. Originally presented at the Furious Flower Conference held September 29-October 1, 1994 at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Volume 1, Elders: Part 1 introduces poets who laid the groundwork for today's Black poetry renaissance and mentored many of the younger voices represented in this series. These writers, many of whom began writing during the 1940s provided the wisdom and strong literary voice which brought Black verse to competence and maturity. Featuring Samuel W. Allen, Mari Evans, Naomi Long Madgett, Alvin Aubert, Pinkie Gordon Lane. 114 min. Volume 2, Warriors: Part 2 examines the poets of the movements of the 1960s. Their works defined a strong Black cultural identity and waged a war for literary self-determination. Here these veterans read from works which stirred a generation and discuss the achievements and unfulfilled hopes of their movement. Featuring Amiri Baraka, Haki R. Madhubuti, Kalamu ya Salaam, Sonia Sanchez, Eugene Redmond, Nikki Giovanni. 114 min. Volume 3, Seers: Part 3 looks at the poetry that followed the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s, which was marked with a broadened scope. While retaining the same political commitment, the poets extended their vision into new regions, exploring personal, sometimes taboo subjects and imbuing traditional forms with a contemporary intensity. Featuring Rita Dove, Toi Derricotte, Dolores Kendrick, Sherley Anne Williams, Gerald Barrax, E. Ethelbert Miller, Michael S. Harper. 114 min. Volume 4, Initiates: Part 4 highlights the younger poets of the 1990s who represent the promise and diversity of Black poetry as it develops into the 21st century. Featuring Elizabeth Alexander and members of the Dark Room Collective: Thomas Sayers Ellis, Kevin Young, Sharan Strange, Major Jackson, Vera Beatty, John Keene. 27 min.