Ishmael Reed Quotes

The Afrocentric exploration of the black past only scratches the surface. A full examination of the ancestry of those who are referred to in the newspapers as blacks and African Americans must include Europe and Native America.
Ishmael Reed (b. 1938), U.S. novelist, poet, essayist. Airing Dirty Laundry, "Distant Cousins," Addison-Wesley (1993).
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Writing poetry is the hard manual labor of the imagination.
Ishmael Reed (b. 1938), U.S. novelist, poet, essayist. Airing Dirty Laundry, "Gwendolyn Brooks: Poet," Addison-Wesley (1993).
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The liberal wing of the feminist movement may have improved the lives of its middle- and upper-class constituency—indeed, 1992 was the Year of the White Middle Class Woman—but since the leadership of this faction of the feminist movement has singled out black men as the meta-enemy of women, these women represent one of the most serious threats to black male well-being since the Klan.
Ishmael Reed (b. 1938), U.S. novelist, poet, essayist. Airing Dirty Laundry, preface, Addison-Wesley (1993).
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The last publicized center of American writing was Manhattan. Its writers became known as the New York Intellectuals. With important connections to publishing, and universities, with access to the major book reviews, they were able to pose as the vanguard of American culture when they were so obsessed with the two Joes—McCarthy and Stalin—that they were to produce only two artists, Saul Bellow and Philip Roth, who left town.
Ishmael Reed (b. 1938), U.S. novelist, poet, essayist. repr. In Airing Dirty Laundry, Addison-Wesley (1993). "American Poetry: Is There a Center?" Black American Literature Forum (January 1978).
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The descendants of Holy Roman Empire monarchies became feeble-minded in the twentieth century, and after World War I had been done in by the democracies; some were kept on to entertain the tourists, like the one they have in England.
Ishmael Reed (b. 1938), U.S. novelist, poet, essayist. repr. In Airing Dirty Laundry, Addison-Wesley (1993). "American Poetry: Is There a Center?" Black American Literature Forum (January 1978).
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Ethnic life in the United States has become a sort of contest like baseball in which the blacks are always the Chicago Cubs.
Ishmael Reed (b. 1938), U.S. novelist, poet, essayist. repr. In Writin' Is Fightin,' Atheneum (1988). "America's Color Bind: The Modeling of Minorities," San Francisco Examiner (November 1987).
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the hunger of this poem is legendary it has taken in many victims back off from this poem it has drawn in yr feet back off from this poem it has drawn in yr legs
Ishmael Reed (b. 1938), U.S. poet. Beware: Do Not Read This Poem (l. 18-22). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.
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statistic: the us bureau of missing persons reports that in 1968 over 100,000 people disappeared leaving no solid clues nor traceonly a space in the lives of their friends.
Ishmael Reed (b. 1938), U.S. poet. Beware: Do Not Read This Poem (l. 40-44). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.
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Free enterprise is not a bad idea and has produced art.
Ishmael Reed (b. 1938), U.S. novelist, poet, essayist. repr. In Shrovetide in Old New Orleans, "Image and Money" Doubleday (1978). "Blacks Must Put 'Filthy' Money to Work," Los Angeles Times, Dec. 26, 1974.
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Few white citizens are acquainted with blacks other than those projected by the media and the so—called educational system, which is nothing more than a system of rewards and punishments based upon one's ability to pledge loyalty oaths to Anglo culture. The media and the "educational system" are the prime sources of racism in the United States.
Ishmael Reed (b. 1938), U.S. novelist, poet, essayist. God Made Alaska for the Indians, "Race War in America?" Garland Publishing (1982).
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