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The speaker Ishmael Reeds title Poet As Prophet and Oracle for his lecture on Sunday sounds interesting for students who like literature Ishmael Reed is considered as a prophet as oracle because his writing demonstrates that he is a great improviser He has the ability to divergent materials into forms of surprise revelation and frequent hilarity However people who focus primarily on how funny or unfunny his works are missing the point of his humor as a weapon in the very serious enterprise of exposing human excesses As the same time his work is to remind us the dangers of taking our cherished opinions too seriously A little background of Ishmael Reed careers include working as a correspondent for the Empire Star Weekly a black community newspaper He taught at the University of California at Berkeley since the late 1960s He also has held visiting appointments at many other academic institutions including Yale Harvard Dartmouth Washington University in St Louis and Buffalo In addition to winning several awards for his writing he has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize He was also won finalist for the National Book Award two times once in poetry and once in fiction During the lectured Ishmael Reed mentioned many poems that are written like a story Although he is not using acronyms for his writings due to changing the living environment his works are not any worse than the ones with acronyms Over the past couple of years his reputation has suffer not because of his work but because he has steadfastly refused to toe any party line with regard to African American authenticity aspiration and achievement Moreover as the title of his 1993 essay collection Airing Dirty Laundry indicates Ishmael Reed believes in outing what others wish to keep closeted Rather than working toward closure he vigorously engages in disclosure Ishmael Reed read a poem during the lecture calls The multicultural Society He also
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