Saturday, April 4, 2015

Hearing Language: Focus on Ruth Forman

In this first video, poet Ruth Forman discusses the power of language and performs poetry from Prayers Like Stones and offers advice to the writer.

In the next video, Ruth performs May Peace Come (2009).

In this video, Ruth performs Stoplight Politics.

In the last video, Sandra Roberts reads Ruth Forman's children's picture book, Young Cornrows Callin' Out the Moon which is set in South Philly.

Forman, Ruth, & Cbabi Bayoc (Illus.). (2007). Young cornrows callin out the moon. San Francisco, CA: Children’s Book Press. 

This is an audio of Ruth Forman reading the book and NPR interview (link).


  1. I've listened to Stoplight Politics a hundred times. This vid was first time it ever made me cry. Wow!! I was lucky to meet Ruth at a reading in Tucson, mid-late nineties. I used to read her poems to prisoners when I worked in prisons. Love her!!

    1. Glad you enjoyed the vids. Her work is amazing and to hear her read is a gift.