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Various - Our Souls Have Grown Deep Like The Rivers - Black Poets Read Their Work flac album
Our Souls Have Grown Deep Like The Rivers - Black Poets Read Their Work
Poetry, Speech
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Langston Hughes' 1926 poem "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" begins the album by using the Euphrates, Nile, Congo, and Mississippi rivers as metaphors for the longevity and timelessness of African history  .

Perhaps it's because they were assembled by the same person, Rebekah Presson Mosby, who compiled not only the Rhino anthology, but also Our Souls Have Grown Deep Like the Rivers: Black Poets Read Their Work and, with Elise Paschen, Poetry Speaks, and she writes the extended liner essay here entitled "Our Lives Distilled. ones, like the great, dramatic poet James Weldon Johnson (this collection gets points just for including his The Creation in the mix), . aka Hilda Doolittle), Sterling Brown, Robert Browning, Edgar Lee Masters, and Tennyson (who reads Charge of the Light Brigade).

The poets and the poems are clearly listed on the back of the CD case. More than comprehensive is the fifty-page booklet that accompanies the set. The first essay, by poet Al Young, gives a brief overview of black poetry. The second, by Rebekah Presson Mosby, addresses each poem in the collection. The essays are followed by a brief reading list and, finally, notes on all 75 poems.

1. The Negro Speaks of Rivers. 58. A Poem to Thrill the Naacp, or a Black Family Moves to the Suburbs. 2. 59. The Near-Johannesburg Boy (Continued).

I’ve known rivers: I’ve known rivers ancient as the world and older than the flow of human blood in human veins. My soul has grown deep like the rivers. Basically, the guy has spent a lot of time with rivers, so much so that his soul has become just as deep as them. He might be talking about physical depth, but we can't forget about the depth of their history and their existence. These rivers have maybe been around for as long as the earth has been in existence (over . billion years)-so yeah, our speaker's soul is old and has lived through lots of stuff. Where you've heard it. Only in poetry do people pull out similes like this one. Pretentious Factor.

Ancient, dusky rivers. Background about this poem (fromLangston Hughes, American Poetby Alice Walker): No matter what anybody said about black people, Langston knew he would always love them. To him they were courageous and strong. He thought of the souls of black people as great rivers - rivers very old and deep; rivers that reached all the way back to Africa. As the train crossed over the muddy waters of the Mississippi River near St. Louis, Langston wrote this poemIt was his first poem to be published after high school.

My soul has grown deep like the rivers. I bathed in the Euphrates when dawns were young. I built my hut near the Congo and it lulled me to sleep. I looked upon the Nile and raised the pyramids above it. I heard the singing of the Mississippi when Abe Lincoln went down to New Orleans, and I've seen its muddy bosom turn all golden in the sunset. I've known rivers: Ancient, dusky rivers. Used with permission.

At various stages in black history, rivers have played a crucial role in determining the day-to-day rhythms of life. The river is a symbol of permanent settlement, an attachment to the soil, whether by the great Congo River or in ancient Egypt, on the banks of the Nile. It also has great historical significance. But aside from its deeper cultural and historical significance, the river nourishes the soul with its incredible beauty, as when the "muddy bosom" of the Mississippi turns golden in the sunset. In "The Negro Speaks of Rivers", what aspect of human biology does the speaker compare to rivers? 1 educator answer.


CD1-1 Langston Hughes The Negro Speaks Of Rivers
CD1-2 Langston Hughes I, Too
CD1-3 W.E.B. Dubois The Atlanta Years (Excerpt)
CD1-4 Claude McKay If We Must Die
CD1-5 Claude McKay St. Isaac's Church, Petrograd
CD1-6 Claude McKay The Tropics In New York
CD1-7 James Weldon Johnson The Creation
CD1-8 James Weldon Johnson We To America
CD1-9 Arna Bontemps Nocturne At Bethesda
CD1-10 Countee Cullen Heritage
CD1-11 Melvin B. Tolson Dark Symphony
CD1-12 Sterling A. Brown Ma Rainey
CD1-13 Sterling A. Brown Strong Men
CD1-14 Margaret Walker For My People
CD1-15 Margaret Walker Kissie Lee
CD1-16 Gwendolyn Brooks The Mother
Langston Hughes Dream Montage
CD1-17a Tell Me
CD1-17b Good Morning
CD1-17c Harlem
CD1-17d Same In Blues
CD1-17e Comment On Curb
CD1-18 Gwendolyn Brooks We Real Cool
CD1-19 Robert Hayden Those Winter Sundays
CD1-20 Robert Hayden Frederick Douglas
CD1-21 Maya Angelou Sepia Fashion Show
CD1-22 Maya Angelou To A Man
CD1-23 Amiri Baraka (Formerly LeRoi Jones)* Freedom Suite (For Sonny Rollins And Franz Kline)
CD1-24 Derek Walcott Crusoe's Island
CD1-25 Audre Lorde Dahomey
CD1-26 June Jordan In Memoriam. Martin Luther King, Jr.
CD1-27 The Last Poets Run Nigger
CD1-28 Lucille Clifton Admonitions
CD1-29 Nikki Giovanni Nikki-Rosa
CD1-30 Al Young A Dance For Militant Dilettantes
CD1-31 Michael S. Harper Dear John, Dear Coltrane
CD1-32 Michael S. Harper Rueben Rueben
CD1-33 Nikki Giovanni My House
CD1-34 Ishmael Reed Flight To Canada
CD1-35 Ishmael Reed Betty's Ball Blues
CD1-36 Sonia Sanchez Wounded In The House Of A Friend (Set. No. 2)
CD1-37 Sonia Sanchez Song No. 2
CD1-38 Al Young A Poem For Players
CD2-1 Wole Soyinka Muhammad Ali At The Ringside
CD2-2 Etheridge Knight Hard Rock Returns To Prison From The Hospital For The Criminal Insane
CD2-3 Etheridge Knight The Idea Of Ancestry
CD2-4 Amiri Baraka Bang Bang Outishly
CD2-5 Amiri Baraka Rhythim Blues
CD2-6 Amiri Baraka Shaazam Doowah
CD2-7 Colleen J. McElroy The End Of Civilization As We Know It
CD2-8 Lucille Clifton Cruelty
CD2-9 Lucille Clifton Lucy (Part 6)
CD2-10 Jayne Cortez Endangered Species List Blues
CD2-11 Wanda Coleman I Live For My Car
CD2-12 Wanda Coleman Nigger Rhythm Rhymes From The Blues Part Of Town (Pt. 4)
CD2-13 Al Young Lester Lips In
CD2-14 Quincy Troupe Poem For Magic
CD2-15 Nikki Giovanni I Am She
CD2-16 Marilyn Nelson Waniek Tuskegee Airfield
CD2-17 Yusef Komunyakaa Facing It
CD2-18 Yusef Komunyakaa Venus's-Flytraps
CD2-19 Ntozake Shange Rise Up Fallen Fighters (Okra Takes Up With A Rastafari Man/She Can't Hold Back/She Say Smilin)
CD2-20 Mbembe Milton Smith A Poem To Thrill The NAACP, Or A Black Family Moves To The Suburbs
CD2-21 Gwendolyn Brooks The Near-Johannesburg Boy
CD2-22 Gil Scott-Heron The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
CD2-23 Ethelbert Miller* Helen
CD2-24 Ethelbert Miller* Helen And Martha
CD2-25 Ethelbert Miller* Martha And Helen
CD2-26 Ethelbert Miller* 1962: My Brother Richard Returns From The Monastery
CD2-27 Rita Dove Shakespeare Say
CD2-28 Rita Dove After Reading Mickey In The Night Kitchen For The Third Time Before Bed
CD2-29 Rueben Jackson* Jamal's Lamentation
CD2-30 Rueben Jackson* Self Portrait, 1988
CD2-31 Allison Joseph Barbie's Little Sister
CD2-32 Kevin Young The Slaughter
CD2-33 Anthony Butts Nocturne
CD2-34 Public Enemy Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos
CD2-35 Tracie Morris Project Princess
CD2-36 Saul Stacey Williams* Ohm
CD2-37 Carl Hancock Rux No Black Male Show

Companies, etc.

  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Rhino Entertainment Company
  • Copyright (c) – Rhino Entertainment Company
  • Mastered At – Multimedia Corp.


  • Art Direction – Hugh Brown , Maria Villar
  • Compilation Producer – Rebekah Presson Mosby, Ted Myers
  • Coordinator [Editorial] – Shawn Amos
  • Design – Maria Villar
  • Legal [Licensing] – David McIntosh , John Austin , Wendi Cartwright
  • Mastered By – Bob Fisher
  • Music Consultant [Compilation Consultant - New York] – Zoë Anglesey
  • Music Consultant [Compilation Consultant - San Francisco] – D Knowledge
  • Music Consultant [Compilation Consultant- Los Angeles] – Deep Red
  • Research [Editorial] – Daniel Goldmark
  • Supervised By [Editorial] – Vanessa Atkins
  • Text By ["Introduction" - "Stepping Into The Rivers Of Poetry: The Word's Power In The 20ᵗʰ Century"] – Rebekah Presson Mosby
  • Text By ["River Of Longing, River Of Song: How The Word Was Carried"] – Al Young


Double-folded cardboard sleeve with 52-pages booklet.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 0 8122-78012-2 9