A poetry jam across prison walls:
A new CD from the Freedom Archives
Poets and musicians honor poet and political prisoner Marilyn Buck
This CD is a poetry jam in space — created across and despite razor wire, prison bars and censored phone lines. It is a gathering of poets to celebrate the work of sister poet Marilyn Buck, who has spent more than 20 years in US prisons for her anti-imperialist politics and actions.
In the eyes of the government, Marilyn is an enemy of the state, despised for her role in freeing Black Liberation leader Assata Shakur, hated for her willingness to risk her life and freedom for a world imaginable only to a revolutionary—or a poet.
Yet for the poets who rushed to lend their voices and their words to this collection, Marilyn is someone very different – a woman who lives for transformation. Through her political activism and writing, she creates the possibility of a world of social justice and peace. Through her approach to prison, she transforms the repression and censorship of imprisonment and, in the process, has become a poet.
The poet contributors read Marilyn's poems and their own. They include
Amiri Baraka, carolyn baxter/Nottiehead Bosco, Dennis Brutus, Aya De Leon,
Fanny Howe, Uchechi Kalu, Elana Levy, Genny Lim, devorah major, Sara Menefee,
Kiilu Nyasha, Maria Poblet, Presente!, Carlos Quiles, Samsara, Sonia Sanchez,
Staajabu, Jean Stewart, Piri Thomas, Kwame Ture/Stokely Carmichael, Nellie
Wong, Merle Woo, and Mitsuye Yamada. See the
poet profiles and the poems.
Framing the poetry is music contributed by India
Cooke, Eugenio Maldonado “El Viejo Mago," Fred
Ho & the Brooklyn Saxophone Quartet, Copper
Ackamoor, and the musicians and activists of Shame the Devil.
Marilyn is one of more than 100 political prisoners in this country. As you listen to her poems and those of the other extraordinary poets here, let the ideals, the vision, the sacrifice of those political prisoners reverbate in your ears and your heart.
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The Freedom Archives
522 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
info [at] freedomarchives [dot] org
For prisoners, there is no alcohol nor flowers,
But the night is so lovely, how can we celebrate it?
I go to the air hole and stare up at the moon,
And through the air hole, the moon smiles at the poet
—Ho Chi Minh, Prison Diary
Listen to recording of "In Your Ear" from October 2, 2004 with Art Sato & guest Horace Mansfield, Jr. on KPFA
Featuring Wild Poppies