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{SPEAKER name="Brooks B. Robinson"}
The Literary Corner: Black Writers of the World.
A series of analyses and interpretations of Black World literature.
Today you'll meet South African exiled poet, Dennis Brutus.
Brutus is an expert in African poetry and on apartheid.
He's author of 4 major works including Sirens, Knuckles, Boots; Letters to Martha; A Simple Lust; and Stubborn Hope.
He's presently Professor in the English Department at Northwestern University.
Now, an interview with Dennis Brutus.
It begins with an explanation on how and when he started writing poetry
and became a Black Writer of the World.

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{SPEAKER name="Dennis Brutus"}
I don't really remember what started me off
except that my answer is the fact that my mother was a school teacher
who liked poetry and recited it and encouraged me to do so
may have been the beginnings for me.

{SPEAKER name="Brooks B. Robinson"}
Now, do you remember your first work?
Um, many people write that first work and that's something that they really um, become proud of,
or some push it into the background and say that it's no good at all.

{SPEAKER name="Dennis Brutus"}
I think I remember what was my first work.
I certainly didn't preserve it.

{SPEAKER name="Brooks B. Robinson"}

{SPEAKER name="Dennis Brutus"}
I think they were 4 lines written in the autumn fall, uh, at moonrise one evening.
And I tried simply to capture the image of the rising moon without any comment at all.
And um, I think that--

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