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.
The original poem can be read on the marvelous site of Poetry Foundation.
Eine Übertragung ins Deutsche findet sich hier.