Ishmael Reed

Ishmael Reed

Chattanooga, Tennessee
Ishmael Reed
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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Ishmael Scott Reed (born February 22, 1938) is an American poet, essayist, playwright and novelist. Reed is known for his satirical works challenging American political culture, and highlighting political and cultural oppression.

Reed's work has often sought to represent neglected African and African-American perspectives, his energy and advocac ...
Popular Poems
I Am A Cowboy In The Boat Of Ra
'The devil must be forced to reveal any such physical evil
(potions, charms, fetishes, etc.) still outside the body
and these must be burned.' (Rituale Romanum, published
1947, endorsed by the coat-of-arms and introductory
Beware: Do Not Read This Poem
tonite, thriller was
about an old woman, so vain she
surrounded herself with
Oakland Blues
Well it's six o'clock in Oakland
and the sun is full of wine
I say, it's six o'clock in Oakland
and the sun is red with wine
Points of View
The pioneers and the indians
disagree about a lot of things
for example, the pioneer says that
when you meet a bear in the woods
The Pope Replies to the Ayatollah Khomeini
My Dear Khomeini:

I read your fourteen thousand dollar
ad asking me why the Vatican waited
Popular Quotes
11 November 2014
American cultural institutions seem so bent on preserving the values of "Western civilization," the mythical "Whitetown," that we learn about one another's cultures the same way we learn about sex: in the streets.
11 November 2014
Currently, U.S. society has been encouraged by its political and subsidized mass-media intelligentsia to view U.S. life as a continual "morning in America" paradise, where the only social problems occur in the inner cities. Psychologists call this denial.
11 November 2014
The treatment of African and African American culture in our education was no different from their treatment in Tarzan movies.
11 November 2014
I used to be a discipline problem, which caused me embarrassment until I realized that being a discipline problem in a racist society is sometimes an honor.
11 November 2014
For Afro-Americans, it could be argued that every year they've spent in this country since they arrived in chains to perform forced labor has been 1984.


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