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American Journal

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ISBN-10: 0871401274

ISBN-13: 9780871401274

Edition: 1982

Authors: Robert E. Hayden

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List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 1982
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 1/17/1982
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 72
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.242
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…