Vietnam Remembered in Poetry and Jazz

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

On this first day of Poetry month, Pulitzer prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa meets up with jazz violinist Billy Bang. They're both veterans who have used their art to deal with painful memories. More on Billy Bang and Yusef Komunyakaa

Poet Yusef Komunyakaa reads the poem “Thanks,” from his collection Dien Cai Dau (1988).

Poet Yusef Komunyakaa reads the poem “You and I Are Disappearing,” from his collection Dien Cai Dau (1988).

Poet Yusef Komunyakaa and jazz violinist Billy Bang discuss the impact of their Vietnam War experiences on their work with WNYC’s Siddhartha Mitter.


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Marta Ulvaeus from Santa Barbara, California

How could I get a copy of this discussion? I would like to be able to listen to it, and if appropriate, to air some of the discussion between Billy Bang and Yusef Komunyakaa on my radio program on KCSB, Santa Barbara, California, to honor the life of Billy Bang.
I attended the live discussion and performance at the Harlem Gate House in Aprill 2009. It was a deeply moving event.
Thank you for your help.

Apr. 16 2011 06:56 PM
Bill Cottman from Minneapolis

requesting permission to air this piece on my jazz program on 4/16 as part of a tribute the Billy Bang.
Thank you

Apr. 14 2011 10:07 AM

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