This Is My Century: New and Collected Poems

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Overview


Margaret Walker became the first African American to win a national literary award when her collection For My People was chosen for the Yale Series of Younger Poets in 1942. Over the next fifty years she enriched American literature in endless ways through her writings and, in 1993, she received the National Book Award for Lifetime Achievement.

This Is My Century is Walker's own defining summation of her career. Selected by the author herself, the one hundred poems include thirty-seven previously uncollected pieces and the entire contents of three hard-to-find volumes: the award-winning For My People (1942), Prophets for a New Day (1970), and October Journey (1975).

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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

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780820311340
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1989
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.07 (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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