May 19, 2008

The Role of the Poet

Because the quote doesn't really fit - in a separate post:

"The poet's role has changed over the centuries, the ages. The poets, the griots, used to be the keepers of the facts; they were the story tellers, and the stories were allegorically written truths: where we came from, how we migrated over this river, got with this tribe, became this nation, and tamed the mountains. It changed from that to being purely entertainment. And once it became purely entertainment, it lost something." -Malik Yusef in Word on the Street

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