1. Roots and first fruits / (Houston A. Baker, Jr. ; Nikky Finney ; Askia Touré ; Rita Dove ; Major Jackson ; Lucille Clifton)
2. Cross-pollination in the diaspora / (Velma Pollard ; Kwame Dawes ; Brenda Marie Osbey ; Haki Madhubuti ; Elizabeth Alexander ; Yusef Komunyakaa)
3. Blooming in the whirlwind / (Amiri Baraka ; Marilyn Nelson ; Sharan Strange ; Kevin Young ; Cornelius Eady ; Tony Medina ; Sonia Sanchez).
"This 3-part program provides the definitive teaching tool for exploring the world of today's black poetry. Providing a more focused, ambitious approach than its 1998 predecessor, Furious flower II presents outstanding critical scholarship on black contemporary poetry's origins and trends, its conflicts and consonances. Throughout, notable authors share insights and offer inspiration to fledgling poets about the creative process, and about daily life as a published writer. Interspersed with these critical conversations are impassioned readings of the most representative poems of each poet. Viewers can watch as one of America's most exciting cultural movements evolves before their eyes and ears. Program I - Roots and First Fruits traces black literary traditions from African American folklore to the Blues Aesthetic to Hip Hop, and illuminates their impact on poetry. Program II - Cross-Pollination in the Diaspora reflects upon the reciprocal influence between black American poets and writers from the African literary Diaspora. Program III - Blooming in the Whirlwind locates black poets within their historic moment and contextualizes them within relevant political movements - Civil Rights, Black Nationalism, post-colonialism and multiculturalism."--Www.newsreel.org.