Etheridge Knight: Save America's Treasures SelectionPoetry
Interviewed by: Rebekah Presson
Catalog Number: 20130215
The late Etheridge Knight began writing poetry in the 1960s, when he was imprisoned for armed robbery, where he discovered that “art is ultimately about freedom.” This program features excerpts from a 1986 poetry reading and a 1989 interview by Rebekah Presson, when they discuss the role of black men in society and his use of prison as a metaphor. The author of four books, he reads from the most comprehensive one: The Essential Etheridge Knight. This recording has been digitized thanks to a Save America’s Treasures grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Park Service.
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