Collected Poems of Sterling A. Brown

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Arguably the greatest African-American poet of the century, Sterling Brown was instrumental in bringing the traditions of African-American folk life to readers all over the world. This is the definitive collection of Brown's poems, and the only edition available in the U.S.

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Overview

Arguably the greatest African-American poet of the century, Sterling Brown was instrumental in bringing the traditions of African-American folk life to readers all over the world. This is the definitive collection of Brown's poems, and the only edition available in the U.S.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Sterling Brown's poetry should be in print in perpetuity. Its meanings, legends, melodies, and mythologies could only have been shaped by a Black American throat. Sterling Brown's poems have the power of revival music, the declaration of great oratory, and the sonorous crooning of a young man in love." —Maya Angelou

"This is a great book of poems, stunning in its artistry and gigantic in its vision." —Philip Levine

"In Sterling's poetry you find the true meaning of the world soul." —Ernest J. Gaines, author of A Lesson before Dying

"For the first time, we can appreciate Mr. Brown's full range, his mastery of so many traditions. . . . A self-styled 'Old Negro,' Sterling Brown is not only the Afro-American Poet Laureate, he is a great poet." —Henry Louis Gates, Jr., New York Times Book Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810150454
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1996
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 267
  • Sales rank: 896,165
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Sterling A. Brown was one of the most important and influential figures in the development of African-American literature and criticism in the twentieth century. Born in Washington, D.C., in 1901, he became not only a poet but a folklorist, anthologist, critic, and reviewer. Brown was a professor at Howard University for forty years. He died in 1989.

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Table of Contents

Preface by Michael S. Harper

Southern Road
Introduction by Sterling Stuckey
Introduction to the first edition by James Weldon Johnson

Part One: ROAD SO ROCKY
Odyssey of Big Boy
Long Gone
Maumee Ruth
When de Saints Go Ma'ching Home
Dark of the Moon
Seeking Religion
Georgie Grimes
Scotty Has His Say
Ruminations of Luke Johnson
Virginia Portrait
Old Man Buzzard
Johnny Thomas
Frankie and Johnny
Sam Smiley
To Sallie, Walking
Bessie
Kentucky Blues
Mister Samuel and Sam
Southern Road
Sister Lou
Strong Men

Part Two: ON RESTLESS RIVER
Memphis Blues
Ma Rainey
Old King Cotton
Children of the Mississippi
New St. Louis Blues
Foreclosure
Checkers
Mose
After Winter
Pardners
Slim Greer
Slim Lands a Job?
Slin in Atlanta
Slim Hears "The Call"
Slim in Hell
New Steps 
Convict
Strange Legacies
Revelations
Riverbank Blues

Part Three: TIN ROOF BLUES
Tin Roof Blues
Effie
Children's Children
Mecca
Chillen Get Shoes
Funeral
Harlem Street Walkers
Sporting Beasley
Cabaret

Part Four: VESTIGES
Salutamus
To a Certain Lady, in Her Garden
Challenge
Telling Fortunes
Rain 
Return
Nous n'irons plus au bois . . .
Thoughts of Death
Against That Day
Mill Mountain

The Last Ride of Wild Bill
The Last Ride of Wild Bill
He Was a Man
Elder Mistletoe
Crispus Attucks McKoy
A Bad, Bad Man
Break of Day
Rent Day Blues
The Ballad of Joe Meek

No Hiding Place

Part One: HARLEM STOPOVER
Harlem Happiness
Negro Improvement League
The Temple
Roberta Lee
Real mammy Song
The Law for George
The New Congo

Part Two: THE COTTON SOUTH
Arkansas Chant
The Young Ones
Old Lem
Sharecroppers
Master and Man

Part Three: DOWN IN ATLANTA
Southern Cop
Mr. Danny
An Old Woman Remembers
Transfer
Episode
All Are Gay

Part Four: "ROCKS CRIED OUT"
Legend
Bitter Fruit of the Tree
Memo: For the Race Orators
Crossing
Call for Barnum
Song of Triumph
Remembering Nat Turner

Part Five: ROAD TO THE LEFT
Raise a Song
Colloquy
Street Car Gang
Side by Side

Part Six: FRILOT COVE
Let Us Suppose
Cloteel
Parish Doctor
Uncle Joe
Louisiana Pastoral

Part Seven: WASHINGTON, D.C.
Glory, Glory
Choices
No More Worlds to Conquer
Call Boy
Puttin' on Dog

Part Eight: REMEMBRANCES
April in Coolwell
Coolwell Vignette
Honey Mah Love
Memories of Salem
Idyll
One Way of Taking Leave
Isaiah to Mandy
Conjured
Long Track Blues

An Annotated Bibliography by Robert G. O'Meally

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2007

    First Time Reading Black Poets

    Love the easy flow and the soul touching Mr. Brown presents. Very exciting. Have found a new medium.

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