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Right on! Poetry on Film.

The Original Last Poets. During 1968 on the hot streets of New York a trio of young black performers, calling themselves The Original Last Poets, were creating a hip new form of guerrilla poetry woven of soul, jazz, the blues and gospel. Today they are credited as the tap-root artists of Rap. This film, set on the rooftops and back alleys of the Lower East Side, presents the trio in the full range of performance from satire and power to tenderness and affirmation. 73 min.