Collects African-American poems written after the Black Arts Movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s. The poems demonstrate African-American poets' interests in using their art as a means to advance the black community's continuing collective struggle. Over seventy poets are represented, including Rita Dove, Ai, Nathaniel Mackey, Natasha Trethewey, Kevin Young, Terrence Hayes, Elizabeth Alexander, Major Jackson, Carl Phillips, Harryette Mullen, and Yusef Komunyakaa.
The volume as a whole demonstrates what happens when writers in a marginalized community collectively turn from dedicating their writing to the advancement of the community's political, social, and economic struggles and devote themselves, as artists, to the art of their poems and to the ideas they embody: these artists write carefully crafted poems that bear witness to the interior landscapes of the poets' own individual selves, or poems that examine the private or personal worlds of invented personas, and therefore human beings in general.
"An excellent anthology, a page-turner." -- Jordan Davis - The Nation
Number Of Pages: 512
Published: 4th February 2013
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.5 x 3.8
Weight (kg): 0.91
Edition Number: 1