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Oxford Anthology of African-American Poetry

ISBN-10: 0195125630
ISBN-13: 9780195125634
Edition: 2005
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Book details

List price: $45.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/1/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 464
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

For over two centuries, black poets have created verse that captures the sorrows, joys, and triumphs of the African-American experience. Reflecting their variety of visions and styles, The Oxford Anthology of African-American Poetry aims to offer nothing less than a definitive literary portrait of a people. Here are poems by writers as different as Paul Laurence Dunbar and W.E.B. Du Bois; Countee Cullen and Langston Hughes; Gwendolyn Brooks and Amiri Baraka; Rita Dove and Harryette Mullen; Yusef Komunyakaa and Nathaniel Mackey. Acclaimed as a biographer and editor, Arnold Rampersad groups these poems as meditations on key issues in black culture, including the idea of Africa; the South; slavery; protest and resistance; the black man, woman, and child; sexuality and love; music and religion; spirituality; death and transcendence. With their often starkly contrasting visions and styles, these poets illuminate some of the more controversial and intimate aspects of the black American experience. Poetry here is not only or mainly a vehicle of protest but also an exploration of the complex and tender subtleties of black culture. One section offers tributes to celebrated leaders such as Sojourner Truth and Malcolm X, but many more reflect the heroism compelled by everyday black life. The variety of poetic forms and language captures the brilliant essence of English as mastered by black Americans dedicated to the art of poetry. Loving and yet also honest and unsparing, The Oxford Anthology of African-American Poetry is for readers who treasure both poetry and the genius of black America.

Introduction
To Make a Poet Black
Today's News
when i stand around among poets
Flame
Nexus
To the Pale Poets
Why Do So Few Blacks Study Creative Writing?
Puttin' On The Dog (for "Corner Girl")
"Michaelangelo" the Elder
For Black Poets Who Think of Suicide
Bloodbirth
Incantation (for jonetta)
Blah-Blah
Detroit Addendum-(for Philip Levine)
One sees pictures of Dante
Poem (for the Blues Singers)
Not About Poems
Three Legged Chairs
What is Africa to Me?
O Daedalus Fly Away Home
Afro-American Fragment
O Africa, where I baked my bread
African Dream
125th Street and Abomey
Song of the Andoumboulou: 8
Outcast
Gift from Kenya
Exploring the Dark Content
My Father's Geography
The Rocking Loom of History
Miss Scarlett, Mr. Rhett, and Other Latter-Day Saints
Three Modes of History and Culture
Southern Road
Tour Guide: La Maison des Esclaves
The House Slave
Son of Msippi
(The Recent Past)
Middle Passage
Runagate Runagate
Go Left Out of Shantiville
A Hambone Gospel
Song of the Son
Like Walking Out of Shadow
In My Father's House
Return of the Native
Gordian Knot
We Have Never Loved
Blackie Thinks of His Brothers
Blackbottom
Sorrow is the Only Faithful One
Nigger Song: An Odyssey
Afro-American
The Wrong Street
Now
Alabama Poem
Tenebris
The Negro Speaks of Rivers
My People
My Blackness Is the Beauty of This Land
The Bones of My Father
How I See Things
The Question of Identity
The Black Unicorn
Song of the Andoumboulou: 12
Swallow the Lake
The Griots Who Know Brer Fox
Black Power
Blue
Ballad of Black/Essence (for Joseph Harrison)
Flounder
For My People
If We Must Die
Poem for Halfwhite College Students
Beverly Hills, Chicago
the ISM
Death of Dr. King
Is It Because I Am Black?
Homestead, USA
A Litany at Atlanta
America
We Wear the Mask
The World I See
Night, Death, Mississippi
The Mob
Dream Boogie
Tired
If We Must Die
Watts
Walk Like Freedom
A Poem for Players
This Man Shall Be Remembered
Robeson at Rutgers
American Gothic/To Satch
For Malcolm: After Mecca
Music for Martyrs
Malcolm X
harriet
Harriet Tubman
In Mr. Turner's Fields
Banneker
David Walker (1785-1830)
Saba
Frederick Douglass
Fired Up!! (for Judy Rollins)
The Old Mongoose-for Mac
For Beautiful Mary Brown: Chicago Rent Strike Leader
For Etheridge Knight
For Malcolm X
For Mary McLeod Bethune
A Dance for Ma Rainey
A Rock Against the Wind
So Long
If I Were Earth
Seduction
The Anti-Semanticist
Desire
Echo
Woman with Flower
She Is Flat On Her Back (for K.F.)
Omnivore
The Joy
Pretty Piece of Tail
(For Poki)
Levitation
Highflown: Love
answer to yo / question of am I not yo / woman even if u went on shit again
The Source of the Singing
Is She Our Sister?
Whispers in a Country Church
The Mother
Jessie Mitchell's Mother
Virginia Portrait
the lost baby poem
song at midnight
Grinding Vibrato
On the Turning Up of Unidentified Black Females Corpses
Canary (for Michael S. Harper)
...And the Old Women Gathered (The Gospel Singers)
Black Queen Blues (Finale)
She (for Carolyn Grace)
Soft Targets (for Black Girls)
Stations
The Old Women
1915 Interior
Illusion
The Circus of the City
Lessons from a Mirror
Anatomy
Eyes in the Back of Her Head
Tune for a Teenage Niece (for Jeanine Spencer)
Feminism
There Is a House
Old Black Ladies Standing on Bus Stop Corners #2
Mama I Remember
Don't It Make You Want to Cry?
Blood to Blood
Young Soul
We Real Cool
Strong Men
those boys that ran together
Portraiture
Knees of a Natural Man (for Jay Wright)
Gifts
San Diego Goodbye-1944, Jacksaw Arena
Sonnet to a Negro in Harlem
Losses
When Loneliness Is a Man
At 102, Romance Comes Once a Year (for Joseph Johnson, Seattle)
Father (Part 1)
Father's Day
Epigrams for My Father (John Henry Redmond, Sr.)
To the Father of Me
Amateur Fighter (for my father)
Reflections on Growing Older
Poem for My Father (for Quincy Trouppe, Sr.)
Baby Boy
Anatomy
Whose Children Are These?
Whose Children Are These?
the children of the poor (1)
photograph
The Furious Boy
After Reading Mickey in the Night Kitchen for the Third Time Before Bed
Fourteen
Nikki-Rosa
Black Cryptogram
My Children
Motherhood
Circling the Daughter
Little Man Around the House
Now That I Am Forever with Child
Offspring
Accessible Heaven
They Are All of Me
Why Didnt He Tell Me the Truth
In My Father's House
Kitchenette Building
Cousin Mary
Family Secrets
Touching/Not Touching: My Mother
Taking in Wash
Abraham Got All the Stars n the Sand
Mothers
Knoxville, Tennessee
Camp Story
Kin 2
Those Winter Sundays
Big Zeb Johnson
The Idea of Ancestry
My Father's Loveletters
Black Mother Woman
Under the Oak Table
Ruth
Jasmine
One for All Newborns
Saturday Afternoon, When Chores Are Done
a poem for my father
Little Girl Talk
If he let us go now
The Boiling
Oh, Singing Tree!
Ma Rainey
Hell Hound Blues
Brother John
Homage to the Empress of the Blues
Jazzonia
Walking Parker Home
Copacetic Mingus
Glenn on Monk's Mountain
Lamda
Dancers
The Art of Benny Carter
Oh, My Soul Is in the Whirlwind!
Nocturne at Bethesda
good friday
Simon the Cyrenian Speaks
Madam and the Minister
Song of the Whirlwind
The Creation
Calvary Way
Holy Days
mama's God
A New Nephilim
Myself When I Am Real
Revival
Gray Day in January in La Jolla
Dear Lovely Death
The Scuba Diver Recovers the Body of a Drowned Child
The House of Falling Leaves
The Rites for Cousin Vit
In Honor of David Anderson Brooks, My Father
the death of thelma sayles
The Charm
A Death Song
Wedding
We Assume: On The Death of Our Son, Reuben Masai Harper
Nightmare Begins Responsibility
Song for a Suicide
Wake
Suicide's Note
Aunt Jane Allen
Go Down Death (A Funeral Sermon)
Awe
A Poem of Attrition
Another Poem for Me (after Recovering from an O.D.)
Please
My Mother
Going Under
Annie Pearl Smith Discovers Moonlight
The Old People Speak of Death (for Grandmother Leona Smith)
Solace
Wake
I Dream a World
Family Affairs
Rhinemaiden
Open Letter
Paradiso
Walking Down Park
Dream Variation
I Dream a World
For Russell and Rowena Jelliffe
Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing
The Gods Wrote
I Have a Dream
Daybreak
Now
In C. W.'s Closet
The Song Turning Back Into Itself 2
Biographies
Credits
Index

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