By Suzanne Ruta
Updated April 08, 1994 at 04:00 AM EDT
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African-American poet and performer Sapphire packs in audiences at readings on both coasts. American Dreams shows why: She’s a survivor — gritty, honest, angry, tender, funny, raw, immediate, and artful. She transforms the autopsy report of a brother murdered in L.A. into a shattering elegy. She celebrates a dancer who leaped to her death from a 14th-floor window — ”Arisa/who never wore/the rubber gloves/of defeat.” She gets inside the heads of the group of boys who went ”wilding” in New York’s Central Park, imagining their desolation: ”Special Education classes/eat up my brain/like last week’s greens/rotting in plastic containers.” She knows more than the rap stars, more than the sociologists, about the inner city. She knows how people talk: Abused children, prostitutes, tired domestic workers, white bigots, lesbians in love. She does their voices in a way that breaks your heart. A

American Dreams

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