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Book Title: The Vulture|
Date of issue: September 1st 1996
ISBN 13: 9780862415280
The author of the book: Gil Scott-Heron
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 27.65 MB
Edition: Payback Press
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Standing in the ruins
of another Black man's life,
or flying through the valley
separating day and night.
"I am death," cried the Vulture.
"For the people of the light."
Charon brought his raft
from the sea that sails on souls,
and saw the scavenger departing,
taking warm hearts to the cold.
He knew the ghetto was a haven
for the meanest creature ever known.
In a wilderness of heartbreak
and a desert of despair,
Evil's clarion of justice
shrieks a cry of naked terror,
taking babies from their momas,
leaving grief beyond compare.
So if you see the Vulture coming,
flying circles in your mind,
Remember there is no escaping
for he will follow close behind.
Only promise me a battle,
Battle for your soul
- Gil Scott-Heron
Full experience here: Scott-Heron reciting this poem on his own music
Read information about the authorGilbert Scott Heron was born in 1949. His mother was a librarian and his father a soccer player from Jamaica. In his youth Heron displayed both sporting prowess and academic ability (he won a place at Pennsylvania Lincoln University, like his role model Langston Hughes, the Harlem Renaissance man). But he quit college after the first year to write his first novel, The Vulture (1970). While Heron was writing this the ferment of black politics and student radicalism was coming to a head, and his second novel The Nigger Factory (1972) reflects these developments.
Heron has been more adventurous in his work as a musician and rapper.
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