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Narrator Ron Butler on the Poetry of Countee Cullen

Narrator Ron Butler shares why Countee Cullen's poetry was so revolutionary, and he reads Cullen's short poem "Red," about a woman buying a hat. It's part of the audiobook collection THREE POETS OF THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE, which Ron co-narrates along with Robin Miles and Kevin Kenerly. For more on this collection, watch Kevin Kenerly's video about the poetry of Langston Hughes. 

"There's poems about love and loss and the soul, themes that are universal."—Narrator Ron Butler

Three Poets of the Harlem Renaissance

by Langston Hughes, Georgia Douglas Johnson, Countee Cullen
read by Kevin Kenerly, Robin Miles, Ron Butler
AudioFile Earphones Award
Blackstone Audio

Narrator Ron Butler accentuates the classical tones and themes of Countee Cullen in this inspiring anthology of more than 250 poems from the Harlem Renaissance. Quick, focused, insightful—pieces such as Hughes’s “Weary Blues” and “The Negro Speaks of Rivers,” Johnson’s “Tears and Kisses,” and Cullen’s “Uncle Jim” created the sound of African American artists staking their claim to the American Dream. A wonderful introduction to a vital literary world. 

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