Monthly Archives: October 2013

Waiting for Parole — Between Hope and Despair

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“The Gift of Story and Song” — From my book, “Black Shadows and Through the White Looking Glass

From Griots to the Last Poets From Phillis Wheatley             to Gwendolyn Brooks. From highly imitative                     to Pulitzer Prize-winning poetry. From Various Subjects, Religious and Moral             to Annie Allen. From Zora Neale Hurston             to Toni Morrison. From … Continue reading

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Review of my book, Black Shadows and Through the White Looking Glass, by Norman Leer

Following is a review of my book, “Black Shadows and Through the White Looking Glass,”when it was first issued, by Norman Leer: “…this poem is a powerful expression of black anger and despair.  Waters clearly knows his history…  I’m impressed … Continue reading

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The Three Erics

Three years ago, when I turned 50 years of age, I wrote a poem in the tradition of Ginsberg’s “Howl!,” talking about what had happened to some of the best of my generation. I titled it “Celebrating Fifty Years of … Continue reading

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Prison Stargate

A number of years ago I was on a panel. Jan Agostaro, a fellow poet, was also on this panel. We were doing a poetry reading of poems from prison when the subject of Reentry came up. Jan described the … Continue reading

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