The 100 Best African American Poems

The 100 Best African American Poems

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Contains one hundred poems from classic and contemporary African American poets, as selected by an award-winning black poet and activist, including such writers as Robert Hayden, Mari Evans, Kevin Young, and Rita Dove.
Publisher: Naperville, Ill. : Sourcebooks MediaFusion, c2010.
ISBN: 9781402221118
Characteristics: 228 p. ; 22 cm. + 1 sound disc (70 min. : digital ; 4 3/4 in.)
Additional Contributors: Giovanni, Nikki
Contents: Homage to my hips / Lucille Clifton
Train ride / Kwame Dawes
Train rides / Nikki Giovanni
A great granddaddy speaks / Lamont B. Steptoe
Eddie Priest's barbershop & notary / Kevin Young
View of the Library of Congress from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School / Thomas Sayers Ellis
Drapery factory, Gulfport, Mississippi, 1956 / Natash Trethewey
Some kind of crazy / Major Jackson
From / A. Van Jordan
Freedom candy / E. Ethelbert Miller
The Supremes / Cornelius Eady
Nikki save me / Michele Scott
"Nikki, if you were a song ..." / Kwame Alexander
Haiku / DJ Renegade
Untitled / Nadir Lasana Bomani
"I wish I could've seen it ..." / Leodis McCray
That and some mo' / DJ Renegade
Sometime in the summer there's October / Tony Medina
Dancing naked on the floor / Kwame Alexander
Harriet Tubman's email 2 master / Truth Thomas
A river that flows forever ; The rose that grew from concrete / Tupac Shakur
Rochelle / Reuben Jackson
All their stanzas look alike / Thomas Sayers Ellis
From the center 2 the edge ; The subtle art of breathing / Asha Bandele
Sounthern University, 1962 / Kevin Young
Poetry should ride the bus / Ruth Forman
Blues for spring / Colleen J. McElroy
The bicycle wizard / Sharan Strange
Bicycles / Nikki Giovanni
A clean slate / Fred D'Aguiar
Song through the wall / Akua Lezli Hope
A seat saved / Shana Yarborough
Sunday greens / Rita Dove
The untitled superhero poem / Tonya Maria Matthews
Mercy killing
Remica L. Bingham
If you saw a Negro lady / June Jordan
Ego tripping (there may be a reason why) / Nikki Giovanni.
The blue Terrance / Terrance Hayes
The mother ; A Bronzeville mother loiters in Mississippi. Meanwhile, a Mississippi mother burns bacon ; The last quatrain of the ballad of Emmett Till ; A sunset of the city / Gwendolyn Brooks
Things I carried coming into the world ; Topography / Remica L. Bingham
Beneath me ; Autobiography / Jericho Brown
Parable of the sower / Pamela Sneed
Heritage ; Yet do I marvel ; Incident / Countee Cullen
We wear the mask / Paul Laurence Dunbar
Trifle ; The heart of a woman / Georgia Douglas Johnson
Woman with flower / Naomi Long Madgett
The idea of ancestry / Etheridge Knight
Don't say goodbye to the porkpie hat / Larry Neal
Cleaning / Camille T. Dungy
Boston year / Elizabeth Alexander
She wears red / Jackie Warren-Moore
Commercial break: road-runner, uneasy / Tim Seibles
Before making love / Toi Derricotte
Be-bop / Sterling Plumpp
Personal letter no. 3 ; Poem at thirty ; A poem for Sterling Brown / Sonia Sanchez
Marchers headed for Washington, Baltimore, 1963 / Remica L. Bingham
And yeah...this is a love poem / Nikki Giovanni
The carousel / Gloria C. Oden
Only everything I own / Patricia Smith
Lot's daughter dreams of her mother / Opal Moore
The girlfriend's train / Nikky Finney
Back from the arms of big mama / Afaa Michael Weaver
Mama's promise / Marilyn Nelson
Bop: a whistling woman / Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon.
The aunt / Mari Evans
For my people / Margaret Walker
Leroy / Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones)
Ars poetica: Nov. 7, 2008 / L. Lamar Wilson
Ka'ba / Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones)
When you have forgotten Sunday: the love story ; The sermon on the warpland ; We real cool / Gwendolyn Brooks
Jazz baby is it in you / Antoine Harris
"I fade into the night" / Adam Daniel
Old Lem / Sterling A. Brown
I am accused of tending to the past / Lucille Clifton
I am a black woman ; Who can be born black? / Mari Evans
Nikki-Rosa ; Knoxville, Tennessee / Nikki Giovanni
The dry spell / Kevin Young
Those winter Sundays ; Frederick Douglass / Robert Hayden
The Negro speaks of rivers / Langston Hughes
Choosing the blues / Angela Jackson
My father's love letters / Yusef Komunyakaa
The creation / James Weldon Johnson
A Negro love song / Paul Laurence Dunbar
Lift every voice and sing ; Go down death / James Weldon Johnson
Between ourselves / Audre Lorde
The union of two / Haki R. Madhubuti
Ballad of Birmingham / Dudley Randall
A poem to complement other poems / Haki R. Madhubuti
No images / Waring Cuney
Between the world and me / Richard Wright
Theme for English B ; Easy boogie ; Dream boogie ; Dream boogie (variation) ; Harlem ; Good morning ; Same in blues ; Island / Langston Hughes.
Summary: Contains one hundred poems from classic and contemporary African American poets, as selected by an award-winning black poet and activist, including such writers as Robert Hayden, Mari Evans, Kevin Young, and Rita Dove.


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