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Blooming in the Noise

Audio/Visual Resources from Furious Flower

These special presentations give you access to events and projects to which the Furious Flower Poetry Center has contributed. In them, you'll find extended interviews, scholarly review and reflection, readings by major and emerging poets, and the honoring and celebration of some of our greatest African American writers. All are suggested for use in the classroom.
Collage: Furious Flower poets

Furious Flower - The Complete Edition provides the definitive teaching tool for exploring the world of Black poetry.

This essential collection represents nearly 100 years of artistic expression covering the Harlem Renaissance to the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s as well as modern poetry, contemporary hip hop, and other forms of spoken word. It explores the trends and theoretical underpinnings which influence the work, the culture of mutual support among the poets, and the desire to engage with a community of readers.

Among the poets featured are Amiri Baraka, Lucille Clifton, Sonia Sanchez, Nikki Giovanni, Haki Madhubuti, Rita Dove, Elizabeth Alexander, Nikki Finney, members of the Dark Room and Affrilachian Poets collectives and so many more. Furious Flower – The Complete Edition is a valuable resource for teachers of English, Creative Writing, African American and American Studies.

This collection offers the unprecedented opportunity to watch leading African American poets read from their work and discuss the critical issues shaping this vibrant poetic tradition. It encompasses eleven video volumes totalling 821 minutes. 

  • Digital download: Readings, critical reviews, presentations, panel discussions, interviews and dialogues between poets | 3-year Site/Local Streaming License (plus emailed file)
  • Publisher: California Newsreel
  • Language: English

$595 | California Newsreel

All the three video anthologies—Furious Flower I, Furious Flower II, and 
Furious Flower III
can also be purchased separately for $295 each.

Sheer Good Fortune DVD

"Sheer Good Fortune" was an evening devoted to honoring Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison, an American novelist, editor, and professor. This DVD includes footage from the fall 2012 event at Virginia Tech, as well as interviews with Morrison’s peers and literary heirs. Writers, artists, and scholars read her work and talk about the magic of her writing, how it subverts easy assumptions, and how its lyricism and spiritualism take our breath away.

  • DVD: Event footage and bonus interviews
  • Publisher: Furious Flower Poetry Center
  • Language: English

Insititutional copies: $49.50 | James Madison University

Personal use copies: $24.95 | California Newsreel


From Virginia Tech behind the scenes:
the making of Sheer Good Fortune

Joanne Gabbin and Nikki Giovanni hosted a memorial celebration for Lucille Clifton on September 21, 2010 at James Madison University. The tribute program, "73 Poems for 73 Years:  Celebrating the Life of Lucille Clifton," brought together poets from around the country, who read her poems and reflected on her life. 

  • DVD and Souvenir Booklet: Event footage and bonus interviews, booklet (52 pages)
  • Publisher: Furious Flower Poetry Center
  • Language: English

$15 | James Madison University

Mourning Katrina CD

My Soul Is Anchored: Poems from the Mourning Katrina National Writing Project (2006) features 22 poems about hurricanes Katrina and Rita and their aftermath.

  • CD: Poetry readings
  • Publisher: Furious Flower Poetry Center
  • Language: English 

$10 | James Madison University

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