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Furious Flower: Seeding the Future of African American Poetry

Furious Flower: Seeding the Future of African American Poetry

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Furious Flower: Seeding the Future of African American Poetry is an anthology of poems by more than one hundred award-winning poets, including Jericho Brown, Justin Philip Reed, and Tracy K. Smith, with themed essays on poetics from celebrated scholars such as Kwame Dawes, Meta DuEwa Jones, and Evie Shockley. The Furious Flower Poetry Center is the nation’s first academic center for Black poetry. In this eponymous collection, editors Joanne V. Gabbin and Lauren K. Alleyne bring together many of the paramount voices in Black poetry and poetics active today, composing an electrifying mosaic of voices, generations, and aesthetics that reveals the Black narrative in the  work of twentieth- and twenty-first-century writers. Intellectually enlightening and powerfully enlivening, Furious Flower explores and celebrates the idea of the Black poetic voice by posing the question, What’s next for Black poetic expression?


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810141544
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Publication date: 12/16/2019
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 562,641
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author



JOANNE V. GABBIN is the executive director of the Furious Flower Poetry Center and a professor of English at James Madison University. She is the author of the critical biography Sterling A. Brown: Building the Black Aesthetic Tradition and a children’s book, I Bet She Called Me Sugar Plum, and the editor of two previous Furious Flower anthologies, The Furious Flowering of African American Poetry and Furious Flower: African American Poetry from the Black Arts Movement to the Present. She also edited Mourning Katrina: A Poetic Response to Tragedy and Shaping Memories: Reflections of African American Women Writers.

LAUREN K. ALLEYNE is the author of two collections of poetry, Difficult Fruit and Honeyfish. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, The Atlantic, Ms. Muse, Women’s Studies QuarterlyInterviewing the Caribbean, and the Crab Orchard Review. Recent honors for her work include the 2018 Green Rose Prize from New Issues Press, a 2017 Philip Freund Alumni Prize in Creative Writing (Cornell University), the 2016 Split This Rock Poetry Prize, and a Picador Guest Professorship for Literature (University of Leipzig, 2015). She is the assistant director of the Furious Flower Poetry Center and an associate professor of English at James Madison University.

Table of Contents



Furious Flower Table of Contents
 
Foreword
By Rita Dove
Acknowledgements
Introduction
By Joanne V. Gabbin and Lauren K. Alleyne
 
1. Collective Power by John H. Bracey
Selected Poems
Reginald Dwayne Betts
Mother
Abdul Ali
I Don’t Think for a Second That We Won’t Survive This
Remica Bingham-Risher
Fish Fry
Joshua B. Bennett
PRAISE SONG FOR THE TABLE IN THE CAFETERIA WHERE ALL THE BLACK BOYS SAT TOGETHER DURING A BLOCK, LAUGHING TOO LOUDLY
PREFACE TO A TWENTY-VOLUME REGICIDE NOTE
Destiny O. Birdsong
for home
F. Douglas Brown
Re-Portrait Your Name, Douglas
Jericho Brown
The Card Tables
Curtis L. Crisler
Boxing Arethas
Teri Ellen Cross Davis
Knuckle Head
Safia Elhillo
self-portrait with no flag
Alexis Pauline Gumbs
90 poems I didn’t write for you for Jasmine Richards
Duriel E. Harris
Making
DaMaris B. Hill
Miz Lucille
Darrel Alejandro Holnes
Bread Pudding Grandmamma
JP Howard
Praise Poem for my Leo Self
Amanda Johnston
Gender Reveal
Fred Joiner
To the Builders
Yalie Kamara
A Haiku Love Letter for Gabby Douglas
Donika Kelly
CARTOGRAPHY AS AN ACT OF REMEMBERING
Jacqueline Jones LaMon
WE PUT SO MUCH FAITH IN THE POWER OF DOORS
Rickey Laurentiis
Conditions for a Southern Gothic
Nate Marshall
which art? what fact?
Kamilah Aisha Moon
INITIATION
Khadijah Queen
Activism is hot just ask Jason Momoa
Anastacia-Reneé
prayer for the unseen
Mahtem Shiferraw
THE SILENCES
Clint Smith
what the cicada said to the black boy
Samantha Thornhill
Bring Back 
 
2. Black Aesthetics by Evie Shockley
Selected Poems
Reginald Dwayne Betts
Night
Tara Betts
Another Clearing of the Land: Epitaph for Hadiyah Pendleton
Derrick Weston Brown
The Root
CM Burroughs
Our People I
Our People II
Tiana Clark
BBHMM
Michael Collins
Decline and Fall
Nandi Comer
American Family: A Syndrome Early Death Syndrome (EDS)
Mary-Alice Daniel
REVIVALISM 101
t’ai freedom ford
#notorious
Aricka Foreman
When the Therapist Asks You to Recount, You Have to Say It
Duriel E. Harris
TEN LITTLE NIGGA (K)NOTS AND THEN THERE WERE NONE
TEN LITTLE ANGELS LET’S COUNT THEM ALL AGAIN!
Clemonce Heard
BOOGIE NIGHTS (GOT TO KEEP ON DANCING)
Taylor Johnson
Aeration
If not memory—
Raina J. León
what we lose in the fire a blown tire makes us see
Dante Micheaux
Dew-Drier
Opal Moore
Girl with the golden contacts at the Wal Mart
John Murillo
Variation on a Theme by Elizabeth Bishop
Natasha Oladokun
“Let My Anger Be the Celebration We Were Never Supposed to Have”
Iain Haley Pollock
WE, THE RUBBER MEN
Lynne Procope
American Religion
Glenis Redmond
I Wish You Black Sons
Valencia Robin
Cathedral
Metta Sáma
Realism: a poetics
Nicole Sealey
Candelabra with Heads
Danez Smith
For the Dead Homie
Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie
Global Warming Blues
Marcus Wicker
Ars Poetica
Keith S. Wilson
ASTERISM
L. Lamar Wilson
Resurrection Sunday
avery r. young
1982
middle of an episode of soul train
uncle shot find(s) out dat aint a brudda sangin
I Can’t Go For That
(No Can Do)
 
3. Pan African Poetics by Kwame Dawes
Selected Poems
Joshua B. Bennett
X
Lillian-Yvonne Bertram
my brother asks me what it’s like to live in Utah and not be white
Reginald Dwayne Betts
When I Think of Tamir Rice While Driving
Tara Betts
After Andy Warhol’s “Little Race Riot”
White Privilege
Destiny O. Birdsong
Recovery
FOUND ART
Destiny O. Birdsong
Dexter L. Booth
Preacher Crow’s Sermon on the Ark of Bones
Derrick Weston Brown
Melinated Merman aka Aquabruh Wants to Holler at You
Derrick Weston Brown
THANKS
F. Douglas Brown
Brown to Browne :: Douglass to Tubman Remix for Mahogany Browne
Re-Portrait of an Icon
Jericho Brown
The Long Way
Cortney Lamar Charleston
DEVOTION (“I AM ON THE BATTLEFIELD FOR MY LORD”)
Ama Codjoe
Garden of the Gods
Nandi Comer
Anarcha Appears Again And Again
DéLana R.A. Dameron
Say, Divine
My Resistance is Black
Hayes Davis
Jim on the Raft after His “Dream”
Mitchell L. H. Douglas
PERSIMMONS
Safia Elhillo
application for asylum
Sherese Francis
Voyage of Kianda (from Angola to the Caribbean)
(Art Formerly Known As The Sable Venus Speaks Back)
Chanda Feldman
TO THE OLD SQUARE
DaMaris B. Hill
A Reckoning: Assata in 1980
Fred Joiner
Consume/d
Ladan Osman
Parable for Refugees
Xandria Phillips
A FRUIT WE NEVER TASTED
Lauren Russell
Descent Excerpt
Charif Shanahan
GNAWA BOY, MARRAKESH, 1968
Bianca Lynne Spriggs
The View from Down Here
Cedric Tillman
Cankerworms (for South Sudan)
 
 
4. Renovation by Meta DuEwa Jones
Selected Poems
Lillian-Yvonne Bertram
the river it shines pure white
Cortney Lamar Charleston
CHARLESTON
Ama Codjoe
Of Being Sick and Tired
t’ai freedom ford
if someone should take your picture & make you black
Krista Franklin
3037, Time Capsule: Franklin
francine j. harris
Versal
Marcus Jackson
EVEN WHEN SPILLING
 
Alan W. King
Sugar Shack
Sure, You Can Ask Me About Hiphop
Ana-Maurine Lara
Each night
Shayla Lawson
WHITE FERRARI
Nabila Lovelace
The “S” in I Loves You, Porgy
How I Wish I Could Be As Happy As Zaytoven Playing Piano For Gucci On NPR, Tiny Desk
Cynthia Manick
Tapping at Mama’s Knees
Douglas Manuel
Loud Looks
David Mills
Ornate Culmination
Indigo Moor
The Langston Hop
Nkosi Nkululeko
Twenty-Seven w/ Voodoo Child’ (Slight Return)
Julian Randall
LAMENTATION (Black Jesus Remix)
darlene anita scott
HOW THE BODY REMEMBERS
Kevin Simmonds
Upright.
Exit Wound.
Candice Wiley
Symphony of Soul
Korey Williams
Evensong
 
 
5. Writing the Body by Nagueyalti Warren
Selected Poems
Remica Bingham-Risher
Our child is not yet ten and we are clearing his closet
Dexter L. Booth
After the last flower is trampled
Nandi Comer
Why I Don’t Call On Cops
Krista Franklin
The Skin That Tells
 
Janice N. Harrington
GENESIS
Randall Horton
ON REFLECTION
Amaud Jamaul Johnson
Featuring Lonette Mckee as Sister
Bettina Judd
See Him
Natasha Marin
Ritual for Unbusying
Saretta Morgan
Structural Dilemma
Shauna M. Morgan
Résumé Names
Nkosi Nkululeko
I Always Wanna Fall Asleep When My Momma Does My Hair but She Won’t Let Me
Justin Phillip Reed
OPEN SEASON
darlene anita scott
ONLY FOR NOW, OR, MAAFA ON A MONDAY RIDE THROUGH THE CITY IN WHICH I DECIDED I SHOULD JUST GO ON & DIE ALONE
Safiya Sinclair
Hands
Amber Flora Thomas
Aubade
Blackberries
Arisa White
Loni, with a martini and sapphire balls,
Phillip B. Williams
Discipline
 
6. The Collective 
Dominique Christina
Blood In My Eye
Toi Derricotte
Homage to my spiritual mothers
Camille T. Dungy
Give Me Some Wobble
Cornelius Eady
How I wrote “Papa Was A Rolling Stone”
Ross Gay
Let Your Engine Be Love
Terrance Hayes
A Poetics of Practice
Erica Hunt
Statement on Poetry
Major Jackson
My Lyrical Self
Tyehimba Jess
Black Poetry
A.Van Jordan
Try to Care About Someone Other Than Yourself
Douglas Kearney
Poetics as Response to Certain Tropes as Allergens
Ruth Ellen Kocher
Aporia and the Poetics of Beauty as Non-Resolution
Tony Medina
Persona non-Grata
E. Ethelbert Miller
Space Dream Struggle
Thylias Moss
Black Like Everything
Mendi Lewis Obadike
As the Crow Flies (A Reorientation)
Gregory Pardlo
Notes on Voice
Matthew Shenoda
On Noticing
Patricia Smith
We are rapidly running out of ways to write this world.
Tracy K. Smith
Altogether Unlike Itself
Patricia Spears Jones
Thinking in Words (for Lorenzo Thomas and June Jordan)
Sharan Strange
A Poetics of Empathy
Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon
Seeing to Be
Frank X Walker
Memory, Research, Imagination, and the Mining of Historical Poetry
 

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