Watching (last year) the 5-minute excerpt of Miguel Piñero (& Miguel Algarín) reading at Naropa during the late 1970s (in Fried Shoes, Cooked Diamonds, 1978) has been a revelation for me. Piñero reads from his poem "Seekin' the Cause" and I'm now convinced of his genius as a poet and orator. The words that seemed rudimentary on the page, when I first read them, are infused with such power and grace and subtlety when he reads them aloud. Mixes in a doo-wop tune ("Goodnight sweetheart, we'll it's time to go...") with his verses--he also ends with this line from the song, as he slips away from the podium so gracefully.

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