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Poet Al Young on Being a Black Writer

Young has been accused of not truly reflecting the black experience in his writing because he is not militant. Instead. Young employs humor as means of protest. He often bases his characters on parodies of white stereotypes of black people. He is most noted for his poetry and novels, but has also written musical memoirs and screenplays. His new book is "Heaven: Collected Poems 1956-1990."

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Other segments from the episode on October 22, 1992

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, October 22, 1992: Interview with Anna Quindlen; Interview with Al Young; Review of Patricia Highsmith's novel "Ripley Under Water."

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