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Readings to remember: Langston Hughes

Posted in Langston Hughes by lyrikline on 6. March 2014

If you think yesterday’s clip showed the typical French way of combining poetry and music, then today this is probably the American way of being cool.
African-American poet and social activist,  Langston Hughes (February 1, 1902 – May 22, 1967) was one of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form called jazz poetry.

In this document Langston Hughes recites his poem “The Weary Blues” (1925) to jazz accompaniment by the Doug Parker Band on “The 7 O’Clock Show” in 1958.

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The original poem can be read on the marvelous site of Poetry Foundation.

Eine Übertragung ins Deutsche findet sich hier.

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