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Angle of Ascent New and Selected Poems

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ISBN-10: 0871401061

ISBN-13: 9780871401069

Edition: 1975

Authors: Robert E. Hayden

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In his new poems, as before, but with a new mixture of modes, Hayden takes up, celebrates, and contends with the history of his people. He is involved with his Black Americanness, without being confined by it. The famous story elements can be found here but above all a renewed delight in the revelatory possibilities of the languages. In addition to the new poems, all the best of Hayden's earlier work is here, including much that has for too long been unavailable.
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Book details

List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 1975
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 11/17/1975
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 1
Size: 5.71" wide x 8.46" long x 0.35" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Hayden's poetry is informed by, indeed haunted by, the history of the African American experience. Thus, Hayden saw history "as a long, tortuous, and often bloody process of becoming, of psychic evolution." Hayden's immersion in history began in the 1930s, when he researched African American history for the Federal Writers' Project in his native Detroit. Some of his best poems are about such black historical figures as Nat Turner, Frederick Douglass, Malcolm X, and Harriet Tubman, and he is noted for his ability to combine the historical with the personal. Another source for Hayden's poetry was his adherence to the Baha'i faith, an Eastern religion that sees human history as evolving toward…