Pedro Pietri (1944-2004), co-founder of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York City, reads selections from his work at WBAI's Free Music Store, March 1972. The evening was organized by the Young Lords Party, the Puerto Rican activist group with which Pietri was affiliated. Pietri reads Sex and the Virgin Mary [first poem introduced, Blip bloop blop, appears to have been edited out], A broken English dream, The rise and fall of the Avon lady, The dead uniform, The first rock and roll song of 1970, [a spoken-sung duet with another poet], A Sunday school graduation song, and Suicide note from a cockroach in a low-income housing project.
This recording was formerly cataloged as BC0709.09. Audio in right channel goes in and out throughout program, persistent loud buzz. Distortion around 00:10:15. Tape breaks at 00:20:30. 00:29:30. Distortion around 00:30:00.