This Is My Century: New and Collected Poems

This Is My Century: New and Collected Poems

by Margaret Walker
     
 

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Addressing the literature and culture of black America, This Is My Century, a classic first published in 1989, marked a significant contribution to American Poetry, bringing together Walker's selection of one hundred of her own poems.

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Addressing the literature and culture of black America, This Is My Century, a classic first published in 1989, marked a significant contribution to American Poetry, bringing together Walker's selection of one hundred of her own poems.

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Booklist
Always immediate but classic in voice, [Walker’s] poetry has a timeless quality. . . . If younger poets have ranged farther in voice and content, it is because they stand high on the shoulders of giants such as Margaret Walker.

Belles Lettres
A pivotal figure . . . Hers is, in the final analysis, a grand presence that this collected volume of lifetime works affirms.
Library Journal
From the opening lines of For My People (winner of the 1942 Yale Younger Poets award) to the last of a recently written group of poems titled ``Farish Street,'' Walker writes with a strength and clarity that befits her large vision of American and African American history. She assumes the role of spokesperson and in the service of that role employs a multitude of techniques and inspirations: folklore, scriptural rhythms, ballad meter, sonnet forms, the Egyptian deities, political rhetoric. In planting her ``seeds of dreams and visions and prophecies . . . fantasies of freedom and of pride,'' the poet weaves personal memories and experiences within the larger fabric of racial identity, thereby enriching it.-- Fred Muratori, Cornell Univ. Lib.
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"Always immediate but classic in voice, [Walker's] poetry has a timeless quality. . . . If younger poets have ranged farther in voice and content, it is because they stand high on the shoulders of giants such as Margaret Walker."--Booklist

"A pivotal figure . . . Hers is, in the final analysis, a grand presence that this collected volume of lifetime works affirms."--Belles Lettres

"Walker writes with a strength and clarity that befits her large vision of American and African American history."--Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820345970
Publisher:
University of Georgia Press
Publication date:
10/15/2013
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
790,550
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author


Margaret Walker (1915-1998) wrote poetry, essays, the novel Jubilee, and a biography of Richard Wright. She created pioneering programs in the humanities and African American studies at Jackson State University, where she was a faculty member for almost three decades.

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