African American Poetry

African American Poetry

250 Years of Struggle & Song

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Across a turbulent history, Black poets created a rich and multifaceted tradition that has been both a reckoning with American realities and an imaginative response to them. One of the great American art forms, African American poetry encompasses many kinds of verse: formal, experimental, vernacular, lyric, and protest. The anthology opens with moving testaments to the power of poetry as a means of self-assertion, as enslaved people voice their passionate resistance to slavery. This volume captures the power and beauty of this diverse tradition and its challenge to American poetry and culture. Here are all the significant movements and currents: the nineteenth-century Francophone poets known as Les Cenelles, the Chicago Renaissance that flourished around Gwendolyn Brooks, the early 1960s Umbra group, and the more recent work of writers affiliated with Cave Canem and the Dark Noise Collective. Here too are poems of singular, hard-to-classify figures: the enslaved potter David Drake, the allusive modernist Melvin B. Tolson, the Cleveland-based experimentalist Russell Atkins. The volume also features biographies of each poet and notes that illuminate cultural references and allusions to historical events-- adapted from dust jacket.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : The Library of America, [2020]
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9781598536669
Characteristics: lx, 1110 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Young, Kevin 1970-- Editor


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Editor Kevin Young’s new anthology African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song brings together a rich assembly of hundreds of poems and poets, from Charlotte Forten Grimké and Audre Lorde to contemporary voices like Elizabeth Acevedo and Cameron Awkward... Read More »

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