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In The Vintage Book of African American Poetry, editors Harper and Walton present the definitive collection of black verse in the United States - from the neoclassical stylings of slave - born Phillis Wheatley to the pst modern artistry of Yuslef Komunyakaa. Here is the oracular vision of Nobel Prize winner Derek Walcott, the plaintive rhapsodies of an imprisioned Etheridge Knight. Here, too, is a landmark exploration of lesser known artists - including perhaps the tradition's most accomplished practicioner, Sterling A. Brown - whose efforts birthed the Harlem Renaissance and the Black Arts movements - and changed forver not only our national literature but the course of America itself. Meticulously researched, thoughtfully structured, The Vintage Book of African American Poetry is a collection of inestimable value to all those interested in the ever-evolving tradition that is American poetry.
     

 
Lift Every Voice and Sing: Selected PoemsLift Every Voice and Sing: Selected Poems
James Weldon Johnson, Sondra Kathryn Wilson
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Powerful poems of black life and achievement from a leading figure of the Harlem Renaissance including his celebrated "Lift Every Voice and Sing," the African American National Anthem. James Weldon Johnson's name stirs up emotions which are contained only by tremendous control. His poetry is an exhortation to loose the bonds of dreary second-class citizenship and humiliating segregation and devastating racism. The lyrics bid the reader to be free, to walk with gratitude over ground red with the blood of our ancestors; encourages us to be free to bid the day good morning with hopeful heart, to adore the Creator with gladsome hearts for the battles won and to ask of that same Creator for strength for the battles yet to come. James Weldon Johnson aptly, deeply, with love and humor and a powerful rhyming tongue, has told our story and sung our song. Originally published as Saint Peter Relates a Incident.
     

 

 
The Collected Poems of Langston HughesThe Collected Poems of Langston Hughes
Langston Hughes, Arnold Rampersad, David Roessel
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Spanning five decades and including 868 poems, this volume is the definitive sampling of one of the greatest and most popular poets since Walt Whitman. 717 pages, softcover.
     

 
Black Voices: An Anthology of Afro-American LiteratureBlack Voices: An Anthology of Afro-American Literature
Abraham Chapman
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Ranging from writers Chesnutt to Hughes and featuring fiction, poetry, autobiography, and literary criticism, Black Voices captures the diverse and powerful words of a literary explosion. A comprehensive and impressive primer, this anthology presents some of the greatest and most enduring work born out of the African-American experience in the United States.
     

 
Poems of a Son Prayers of a FatherPoems of a Son Prayers of a Father
William D. Watley, Matthew L. Watley
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Poems of a Son, Prayers of a Father is a heartwarming dialogue between an African American pastor and his teenage son which reveals the deep bond of love existing in a close knit family. Perfect for family gift giving.
     
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