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This extraordinary body of poetry is the flowering of an artistic tradition established earlier in this century by Paul Laurence Dunbar, Countee Cullen, and ...
This extraordinary body of poetry is the flowering of an artistic tradition established earlier in this century by Paul Laurence Dunbar, Countee Cullen, and Langston Hughes. The newer work comprises many different visions, ranging from the chiseled and layered modernism of Jay Wright to the plainspoken ferocity of Sonia Sanchez, from the dazzling witticisms of Ishmael Reed to the plangent lyricism of Rita Dove. Edited by the distinguished poet Michael Harper and his star student and colleague Anthony Walton, this notable collection of work will be the standard anthology in the field for years to come.
This collection of postwar African American poetry, the only anthology of its kind, brings together in one volume the voices of the most important African American poets of our time, including Robert Hayden, Sonia Sanchez, Derek Walcott, Ishmael Reed, Amiri Baraka, Gwendolyn Brooks, Ai, and Rita Dove.
Posted February 27, 2004
I love poetry. To find a book such as this is heartfelt. I came across this book while in the Navy in 1998. I read this book and every time I read it, I had a different feeling. It was a good feeling to know that there were and still is so many African American poetry writer but they aren't brought out or talked about until they are gone. I write only when something drastically change in my life. I have the enjoyment of expressing my feelings and being able to go back and read exactly how I felt at that time. The same as with reading this book, you can feel the sorrows or the joy of the poems and its a different but beautiful feeling especially when you can pull someone into feeling the way you feel by reading their words.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.