Reprinted from yesterday's late editions.
The future of poetry is not dead if Monday night's poetry reading at the Folger Shakespeare Library was any indicator. Poets Thulane and Ntozake Shange had the audience six-deep outside the Library, packed into its lobby, and standing and sitting in the Shakespearean theater of the Library.
One of the Folger attendants threw up her hands at trying to control the crowd and said, "I've never seen anything like it in my life. This room seats 220 and there are at least 600 people in here."
Thulane and Shange, both Barnard graduates, chanted to an enraptured audience. Shange, author of the poem play "For Colored Girls . . ." that will have its opening performance at the National Theater on Thursday, introduced one of her poems, "The Resurrection of the Daughter," by saying that it was a poem about the middle class black family and a response to a speaker at a Howard University symposium who said that more black writers should write on the subject.
Thulane, who said she had a cold, softly chanted in a girlish voice sections from the poem-play "Doors."
The two poets were sponsored by the Ascension Poetry Reading Series at Howard University under the direction of E. Ethelbert Miller.