An Oral History of Miguel Algarín’s Spoken Word

The gang – and then some – is all here: From L to R center row: Piri Thomas, Amiri Baraka, Amina Baraka, Allen Ginsberg, Miguel Algarín, Nancy Mercado, Donald Lev; second row: Taylor Mead, Bob Holman, Mikhail Horowitz; at top: unidentified (we are making inquiries); in front at bottom: Pedro Pietri. The Village Gate, New York City, 1989 Marlis Momber

“Not tonight but tomorrow
when the light turns the peach
tree green and the Earth sprouts
its young leaves looking to repeat
the magical mystery tour of
photosynthetic conversion of light
and moisture into life—”

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