Words for the Soul: Poetry

A South Side Girl’s Guide to Love & Sex: Poems Cover Image
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Published: Tia Chucha - April 15th, 2018

As a child of Puerto Rican migrants on Chicago’s Southside, Mayda’s Del Valle’s poetry utilizes part Spanish and English, part hip-hop and salsa, part Nas and Sonia Sanchez, part Shakespeare and John Leguizamo.


The University of Hip-Hop: Poems (Drinking Gourd Chapbook Poetry Prize) Cover Image
By Mayda Del Valle, Chris Abani (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9780810135093
Published: Northwestern University Press - January 15th, 2017

The University of Hip-Hop is a love letter to the city of Chicago, or, more specifically, to Chicago at a particular moment in the poet's life. It is a meditation on movement and migration that asks what it means to leave home, how to take home with you, and how to build a new home elsewhere.


My Mother Was a Freedom Fighter Cover Image
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Published: Haymarket Books - May 30th, 2017

My Mother Was a Freedom Fighter is poet Aja Monet's ode to mothers, daughters, and sisters--the tiny gods who fight to change the world.


Changing, Changing: Story and Collages Cover Image
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Published: George Braziller Inc. - September 5th, 2005

"Once there was a boy. And once there was a girl."


What Do You Know? Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781592703210
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Published: Enchanted Lion Books - September 7th, 2021

What Do You Know? is an introspective, poetic picture book about the acts of questioning and listening. Asked by Love itself, the questions wonder aloud, seeking the knowing of an array of very different, yet interconnected, entities and beings. Instead of pointing and naming, here the asker seeks to know the world by listening to it.


Teeth Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781931896368
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Published: Curbstone Books - June 1st, 2007

Winner, 2015 Whiting Award for Poetry 

Stunning, highly original poems that celebrate the richness of the author's multicultural tradition, Teeth explores loves, wars, wild hope, defiance, and the spirit of creativity in a daring use of language and syntax.


The Black Maria Cover Image
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Published: BOA Editions - April 12th, 2016

Praise for Aracelis Girmay:

Girmay's] every loss--she calls them estrangements--is a yearning for connection across time and place; her every fragment is a bulwark against ruin. --O, The Oprah Magazine


Kingdom Animalia (American Poets Continuum #131) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781934414620
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Published: BOA Editions - September 20th, 2011

The poems in this highly anticipated second book are elegiac poems, as concerned with honoring our dead as they are with praising the living. Through Aracelis Girmay's lens, everything is animal: the sea, a jukebox, the desert. In these poems, everything possesses a system of desire, hunger, a set of teeth, and language.


Ordinary Beast: Poems Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062688811
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Published: Ecco - September 4th, 2018

ONE OF PUBLISHERS WEEKLY'S TOP 10 POETRY BOOKS OF FALL 2017

NPR'S MOST ANTICIPATED POETRY BOOKS OF 2017


The Pink Box (Willow Books Emerging Poets & Writers) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780996139076
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Published: Willow Books/Aquarius Press - October 1st, 2015

Poetry collection by Yesenia Montilla, a New York City poet with Afro-Caribbean roots and CantoMundo Fellow.


The ABCs of Black History Cover Image
By Rio Cortez, Lauren Semmer (Illustrator)
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - December 8th, 2020

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

B is for Beautiful, Brave, and Bright!


Don't Cry, Scream Cover Image
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Published: Third World Press - June 1st, 1992

In this classic collection of poetry, the reader will find a bold poem for each crucial issue of Black life.


Black Men, Obsolete, Single, Dangerous?: The Afrikan American Family in Transition Cover Image
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Published: Third World Press - January 1st, 1991

Here is the seminal and critical work that helped solidify Haki Madhubuti as an informed, passionate, and caring commentator on Black life, culture, relationships, and the development and stability of the Black community.


Taught by Women: Poems as Resistance Language New and Selected Cover Image
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Published: Third World Press - September 29th, 2020

Taught By Women, Poems as Resistance Language, New and Selected by Haki R. Madhubuti, marks a return to his roots. It is his first single-authored book of poetry in over nine years. In it, he pays homage to the many women who have influenced him and contributed to his unique worldview.


The POETICAL WORKS of GEORGE M. HORTON: The Colored Bard of North-Carolina, to which is prefixed The Life Of The Author, Written by Himself. Cover Image
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Published: Historic Publishing - October 5th, 2017

Large Print Edition From the importunate request of a few individuals, I assume the difficult task of writing a concise history of my life. But to open a scene of all the past occurrences of my life I shall not undertake, since I should fail by more than two-thirds in the matter. But if you will condescend to read it, I will endeavor to give a slight specimen entirely clear of exaggeration.


Passion Cover Image
By June Jordan, Nicole Sealy (Introduction by)
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - September 14th, 2021

After decades out of print, Passion--one of June Jordan's most important collections--has returned to readers.


Soldier: A Poet's Childhood Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780465036820
Published: Civitas Books - April 23rd, 2001

A profoundly moving childhood memoir by a noted poet, essayist, teacher, and journalist. "SHORTA not uncommon story is here captured with astonishing beauty" the childhood of a gifted daughter whose immigrant parents must struggle in order to provide her with the educational and social opportunities not available to them or, for that matter, to most blacks of her generation.


Directed by Desire: The Collected Poems of June Jordan Cover Image
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - June 1st, 2007

"Directed by Desire . . . is a powerful addition to the entire canon of American poetry."--Booklist


The Essential June Jordan Cover Image
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - May 4th, 2021

Honored as a Best Book of 2021 by Publishers Weekly


The World Is Round: Poems Cover Image
By Nikky Finney, Kevin Quashie (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9780810152335
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Published: TriQuarterly - July 31st, 2013

The World Is Round, Nikky Finney’s third volume of poetry, collects the wisps of memory we carry with us throughout our earthly lives and weaves them into deft and nuanced poems that emphasize understanding the cycles of life.


Heartwood (New Books for New Readers #10) Cover Image
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Published: University Press of Kentucky - September 25th, 1997

"Deep in the center of every tree, you'll find the heartwood. The characters in this new book by poet Nikky Finney are the heartwood of their small Kentucky communities.


Head Off & Split: Poems Cover Image
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Published: TriQuarterly - January 27th, 2011

Winner, 2011 National Book Award for Poetry
Winner, 2012 GCLS Award for Poetry
Winner, 2012 SIBA Book Award for Poetry
Nominee, 2012 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in Poetry

The poems in Nikky Finney's breathtaking new collection Head Off & Split sustain a sensitive and intense dialogue with emblematic figures and events in African A


The Collected Poems of Jean Toomer Cover Image
By Robert B. Jones (Editor), Margot Toomer Latimer (Editor)
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Published: University of North Carolina Press - March 31st, 1988

This volume is the only collected edition of poems by Jean Toomer, the enigmatic American writer, Gurdjieffian guru, and Quaker convert who is perhaps best known for his 1923 lyrical narrative Cane. The fifty-five poems here -- most of them previously unpublished -- chart a fascinating evolution of artistic consciousness.


Cane Cover Image
By Jean Toomer, Mint Editions (Contribution by)
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A series of vignettes exploring African American life as it relates to social, political and family dynamics. For many, Cane is considered a literary masterpiece from visionary writer, Jean Toomer. He presents a diverse collection of tales with distinct and vibrant characters who populate a world that's all too familiar.

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Cane Cover Image
By Jean Toomer, George B. Hutchinson (Introduction by), Zinzi Clemmons (Foreword by)
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Published: Penguin Classics - January 8th, 2019

The Harlem Renaissance writer's innovative and groundbreaking novel depicting African American life in the South and North, with a foreword by National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree Zinzi Clemmons


Blue Notes: Essays, Interviews, and Commentaries (Poets On Poetry) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780472066513
Published: University of Michigan Press - February 29th, 2000

Blue Notes offers an assortment of poet Yusef Komunyakaa's writing on contemporary poetry and music. The book is arranged in four sections.


Pleasure Dome: New and Collected Poems (Wesleyan Poetry) Cover Image
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Published: Wesleyan University Press - September 20th, 2004

Yusef Komunyakaa has become one of America's most compelling poets. Pleasure Dome gathers over twenty-five years of work, including early uncollected poems and a rich selection of new poems.


The Emperor of Water Clocks: Poems Cover Image
By Yusef Komunyakaa, Jeff Clark (Designed by)
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 4th, 2016

The wildly enchanting new collection from the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa


Talking Dirty to the Gods: Poems Cover Image
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 12th, 2001

A daredevil poetic achievement from a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Yusef Komunyakaa's Talking Dirty to the Gods was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award

. . . A god isn't worth
A drop of water in the hell of his good

Imagination, if we can't curse
Sunsets & threaten to forsake him
In his storehouse of belladonna,


Magic City (Wesleyan Poetry) Cover Image
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Published: Wesleyan University Press - October 9th, 1992

An award-winning poet evokes his childhood in Louisiana.


The Chameleon Couch: Poems Cover Image
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - March 27th, 2012

A Boston Globe Best Poetry Book of 2011 | Finalist for the National Book Award for Poetry

An intimate collection from one of America's most important poets


Dien Cai Dau (Wesleyan Poetry) Cover Image
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Published: Wesleyan University Press - September 1st, 1988

Poetry that precisely conjures images of the war in Vietnam by an award-winning author.


Night Animals (Quarternote Chapbook) Cover Image
By Yusef Komunyakaa, Rachel Bliss (Illustrator)
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Published: Sarabande Books - June 2nd, 2020

The poems in Night Animals, by Yusef Komunyakaa, climb so deeply into the being of various beasts, from cricket to leopard to snowy owl, that we read them with an uncanny shiver of recognition. Without ever fully abandoning his human skin, Komunyakaa inhabits both the outer and inner lives of these creatures.


Neon Vernacular: New and Selected Poems (Wesleyan Poetry) Cover Image
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Published: Wesleyan University Press - April 30th, 1993

An award-winning poet's testimony of the war in Vietnam.


Everyday Mojo Songs of Earth: New and Selected Poems, 2001-2021 Cover Image
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - June 15th, 2021

New and selected poems from the great Pulitzer Prize–winning poet

These songs run along dirt roads
& highways, crisscross lonely seas
& scale mountains, traverse skies
& underworlds of neon honkytonk,
Wherever blues dare to travel.


White Egrets: Poems Cover Image
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - March 15th, 2011

A DAZZLING NEW COLLECTION FROM ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT POETS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY


Omeros Cover Image
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - June 1st, 1992

A poem in five books, of circular narrative design, titled with the Greek name for Homer, which simultaneously charts two currents of history: the visible history charted in events -- the tribal losses of the American Indian, the tragedy of African enslavement -- and the interior, unwritten epic fashioned from the suffering of the individual in exile.


Selected Poems Cover Image
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - December 26th, 2007

Drawing from every stage of the Nobel laureate's career, Derek Walcott's Selected Poems brings together famous pieces from his early volumes, including "A Far Cry from Africa" and "A City's Death by Fire," with passages from the celebrated Omeros and selections from his latest major works, which extend his contributions to reenergizing the contemporary long poem.


Collected Poems, 1948-1984 Cover Image
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - January 1st, 1987

This remarkable collection, which won the 1986 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Poetry, includes most of the poems from each of Derek Walcott's seven prior books of verse and all of his long autobiographical poem, "Another Life." The 1992 Nobel Laureate in Literature, Walcott has been producing--for several decades--a poetry with all the beauty, wisdom, directness, and narrative force of


The Poetry of Derek Walcott 1948-2013 Cover Image
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 5th, 2017

A collection spanning the whole of Derek Walcott's celebrated, inimitable, essential career


Bronzeville Boys and Girls Cover Image
By Gwendolyn Brooks, Faith Ringgold (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780064437721
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Published: HarperCollins - January 27th, 2015

This classic picture book from Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Gwendolyn Brooks, paired with full-color illustrations by Caldecott Honor artist Faith Ringgold, explores the lives and dreams of the children who live together in an urban neighborhood.


Selected Poems Cover Image
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - July 3rd, 2006

Selected Poems is the classic volume by the distinguished and celebrated poet Gwendolyn Brooks, winner of the 1950 Pulitzer Prize, and recipient of the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.


The Essential Gwendolyn Brooks: (American Poets Project #19) Cover Image
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Published: Library of America - November 17th, 2005

Discover the most enduring works of legendary poet Gwendolyn Brooks—the first black author to win a Pulitzer Prize—in one collectible volume


Questions for Ada Cover Image
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - August 7th, 2015

The artistry of QUESTIONS FOR ADA defies words, embodying the pain, the passion, and the power of love rising from the depths of our souls. Ijeoma Umebinyuo's poetry is a flower that will blossom in the spirit of every reader as she shares her heart with raw candor.


The Mystery Feast: Thoughts on Storytelling Cover Image
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Published: Clairview Books - October 14th, 2015

"In every moment, we are part of the infinite stories that the universe is telling us and that we are telling the universe."


The Breakbeat Poets Vol. 3: Halal If You Hear Me Cover Image
By Fatimah Asghar (Editor), Safia Elhillo (Editor)
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Published: Haymarket Books - April 16th, 2019

The collected poems dispel the notion that there is one correct way to be a Muslim by holding space for multiple, intersecting identities while celebrating and protecting those identities.

Halal If You Hear Me features poems by Safia Elhillo, Fatimah Asghar, Warsan Shire, Tarfia Faizullah, Angel Nafis, Beyza Ozer, and many others.


The January Children (African Poetry Book ) Cover Image
By Safia Elhillo, Kwame Dawes (Foreword by)
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Published: University of Nebraska Press - March 1st, 2017

In her dedication Safia Elhillo writes, “The January Children are the generation born in Sudan under British occupation, where children were assigned birth years by height, all given the birth date January 1.” What follows is a deeply personal collection of poems that describe the experience of navigating the postcolonial world as a stranger in one’s own land.


Home Is Not a Country Cover Image
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Published: Make Me a World - March 2nd, 2021

LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD
 
“Nothing short of magic.” —Elizabeth Acevedo, New York Times bestselling author of The Poet X
 


Sanctificum Cover Image
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - April 1st, 2010

Abani . . . explores place and humor, exile and freedom with poems of experience and imagination . . . he] enters the wound with a boldness that avoids nothing. Highly recommended. "Library Journal"

Stunning poems. "New Humanist"


Collected Poems Cover Image
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Published: Penguin Books - August 10th, 2004

"The father of African literature in the English language and undoubtedly one of the most important writers of the second half of the twentieth century." --Caryl Phillips, The Observer


Voyage of the Sable Venus: and Other Poems Cover Image
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Published: Knopf - November 21st, 2017

This National Book Award-winning debut poetry collection is a "powerfully evocative" (The New York Review of Books) meditation on the black female figure through time.

Robin Coste Lewis's electrifying collection is a triptych that begins and ends with lyric poems meditating on the roles desire and race play in the construction of the self. 


Hip Logic (Penguin Poets) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780142001394
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Published: Penguin Books - May 28th, 2002

The second collection of poetry from the author of Lighthead, winner of the 2010 National Book Award

Watch for the new collection of poetry from Terrance Hayes, American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin, coming in June of 2018


Wind in a Box (Penguin Poets) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143036869
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Published: Penguin Books - March 28th, 2006

The third collection of poetry from the author of Lighthead, winner of the 2010 National Book Award

Watch for the new collection of poetry from Terrance Hayes, American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin, coming in June of 2018


Muscular Music Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780887484384
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Published: Carnegie Mellon University Press - October 18th, 2006

Originally published by Tia Chucha Press in 1999, Muscular Music, the debut collection of Terrance Hayes, won a Whiting Writers award, the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and received favorable reviews in the Washington Post Book World, Black Issues Book Review, The Poetry Book Club Review, and in several literary journals.


How to Be Drawn (Penguin Poets) Cover Image
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Published: Penguin Books - March 31st, 2015

A finalist for the 2015 National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award


Lighthead: Poems (Penguin Poets) Cover Image
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Published: Penguin Books - March 30th, 2010

Winner of the 2010 National Book Award for Poetry

Watch for the new collection of poetry from Terrance Hayes, American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin, coming in June of 2018


The Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks Cover Image
By Peter Kahn (Editor), Ravi Shankar (Editor), Patricia Smith (Editor), Terrance Hayes
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Published: University of Arkansas Press - June 7th, 2019

“The cross-section of poets with varying poetics and styles gathered here is only one of the many admirable achievements of this volume.”
—Claudia Rankine in the New York Times


The Golden Shovel Anthology celebrates the life and work of poet and civil rights icon Gwendolyn Brooks through a dynamic new poetic form, the Golden Shovel, created b


American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin (Penguin Poets) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143133186
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Published: Penguin Books - June 19th, 2018

Finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry

One of the New York Times Critics' Top Books of 2018

A powerful, timely, dazzling collection of sonnets from one of America's most acclaimed poets, Terrance Hayes, the National Book Award-winning author of Lighthead


Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth (Mouthmark) Cover Image
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Published: Flipped Eye Publishing Limited - December 29th, 2011

What elevates 'teaching my mother how to give birth', what gives the poems their disturbing brilliance, is Warsan Shire's ability to give simple, beautiful eloquence to the veiled world where sensuality lives in the dominant narrative of Islam; reclaiming the more nuanced truths of earlier times - as in Tayeb Salih's work - and translating to the realm of lyric the work of the likes of Nawal El Sa


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Bless the Daughter Raised by a Voice in Her Head: Poems Cover Image
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - March 1st, 2022

Poems of migration, womanhood, trauma, and resilience from the celebrated collaborator on Beyoncé’s Lemonade and Black Is King, award-winning Somali British poet Warsan Shire 

Mama, I made it / out of your home / alive, raised by / the voices / in my head. 


The Book of American Negro Poetry Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781494388218
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Published: Createspace - December 8th, 2013

The Book of American Negro Poetry by James Weldon Johnson.


Fifty Years and Other Poems Cover Image
By James Weldon Johnson, Mint Editions (Contribution by)
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Published: Mint Editions - May 11th, 2021

Fifty Years and Other Poems (1917) is a collection of poems by James Weldon Johnson. Although less popular than his book God's Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse (1927), Johnson's second poetry collection showcases his talents as a rising star of African American literature.


Complete Poems Cover Image
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Published: Penguin Classics - October 1st, 2000

2000 marks the centenary of "Lift Every Voice and Sing," James Weldon Johnson's most famous lyric, which is now embraced as the Negro National Anthem.


The Creation (25th Anniversary Edition) Cover Image
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Published: Holiday House - October 2nd, 2018

An award-winning retelling of the Biblical creation story from a star of the Harlem Renaissance and an acclaimed illustrator


The Book of American Negro Poetry Cover Image
By James Weldon Johnson, Mint Editions (Contribution by)
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Published: Mint Editions - May 21st, 2021

The Book of American Negro Poetry (1922) is an anthology by James Weldon Johnson. Alongside some of his own poems, Johnson includes the work of such legendary artists as Paul Laurence Dunbar, W. E. B. Du Bois, Jessie Fauset, and Georgia Douglas Johnson.


Lift Every Voice and Sing Cover Image
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - January 8th, 2019

God's Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse Cover Image
By James Weldon Johnson, Maya Angelou (Introduction by), Henry Louis Gates (Editor)
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ISBN: 9780143105411
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Published: Penguin Classics - May 27th, 2008

Introduced by Maya Angelou, the inspiring sermon-poems of James Weldon Johnson 


Sail Away Cover Image
By Langston Hughes, Ashley Bryan (Illustrator)
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - September 1st, 2015

A celebration of mermaids, wildernesses of waves, and the creatures of the deep through poems by Langston Hughes and cut-paper collage illustrations by multiple Coretta Scott King Award winner Ashley Bryan.

The great African American poet Langston Hughes penned poem after poem about the majesty of the sea, and the great African American artist Ashley Bryan, who’s spent more tha


Vintage Hughes Cover Image
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Published: Vintage - January 6th, 2004

The perfect introduction to one of the most important writers to emerge from the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and ‘30s, featuring a career-spanning collection of poems and three of his most powerful stories.


The Dream Keeper and Other Poems Cover Image
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - December 3rd, 1996

Illus. in black-and-white. This classic collection of poetry is available in a handsome new gift edition that includes seven additional poems written after The Dream Keeper was first published. In a larger format, featuring Brian Pinkney's scratchboard art on every spread, Hughes's inspirational message to young people is as relevant today as it was in 1932.


Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes (100th Anniversary Edition) Cover Image
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Published: Sterling Children's Books - July 20th, 2021

Celebrate 100 years of Langston Hughes's powerful poetry.


Lullaby (For a Black Mother) Cover Image
By Langston Hughes, Sean Qualls (Illustrator)
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Published: Clarion Books - March 19th, 2013

“My little dark baby, / My little earth-thing, / My little love-one, / What shall I sing / For your lullaby?" With a few simple words as smooth as a song, the poet Langston Hughes celebrates the love between an African American mother and her baby.


The Weary Blues Cover Image
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Published: Knopf - February 10th, 2015

With a new introduction by poet and editor Kevin Young, this celebratory edition of The Weary Blues reminds us of the stunning achievement of Langston Hughes.


Hughes: Poems (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets Series) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780375405518
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Published: Everyman's Library - March 23rd, 1999

From the publication of his first book in 1926, Langston Hughes was hailed as the poet laureate of black America, the first to commemorate the experience of African Americans in a voice that no reader, black or white, could fail to hear.


That Is My Dream!: A picture book of Langston Hughes's
By Langston Hughes, Daniel Miyares (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399550171
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Published: Anne Schwartz Books - October 3rd, 2017

“Dream Variation,” one of Langston Hughes's most celebrated poems, about the dream of a world free of discrimination and racial prejudice, is now a picture book stunningly illustrated by Daniel Miyares, the acclaimed creator of Float.

To fling my arms wide
In some place of the sun,
To whirl and to dance


Selected Poems of Langston Hughes: A Classic Collection of Poems by a Master of American Verse (Vintage Classics) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780679728184
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Published: Vintage - September 12th, 1990

Langston Hughes electrified readers and launched a renaissance in Black writing in America—the poems in this collection were chosen by Hughes himself shortly before his death and represent stunning work from his entire career.


The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes (Vintage Classics) Cover Image
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Published: Vintage - October 31st, 1995

The definitive sampling of a writer whose poems were “at the forefront of the Harlem Renaissance and of modernism itself, and today are fundamentals of American culture” (OPRAH Magazine).


On the Bus with Rosa Parks: Poems Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393320268
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 17th, 2000

A dazzling new collection by the former Poet Laureate of the United States.

In these brilliant poems, Rita Dove treats us to a panoply of human endeavor, shot through with the electrifying jazz of her lyric elegance. From the opening sequence, "Cameos", to the civil rights struggle of the final sequence, she explores the intersection of individual fate and history.


Rita Dove's Cosmopolitanism: POEMS Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780252028373
Published: University of Illinois Press - June 9th, 2003

American Smooth: Poems Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393327441
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 17th, 2006

"Rita Dove pulls the ultimate dance trick: she makes it look easy."--New York Times Book Review


Thomas and Beulah Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780887480218
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Published: Carnegie Mellon University Press - January 1st, 1986

A collection of poetry by Rita Dove.


Playlist for the Apocalypse: Poems Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393867770
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 17th, 2021

A piercing, unflinching new volume offers necessary music for our tumultuous present, from “perhaps the best public poet we have” (Boston Globe).


Collected Poems: 1974-2004 Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393354935
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 14th, 2017

Finalist for the 2016 National Book Award
Finalist for the 2017 NAACP Image Award

Three decades of powerful lyric poetry from a virtuoso of the English language in one unabridged volume.


Most Way Home: Poems Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781581950212
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Published: Steerforth - June 1st, 1998

Encompassing America's African-American landscape and rich oral histories of the South, this poetry collection centers on the concept of "home" and explores conflicts between black and white, North and South, ancestral and modern.


Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780375711619
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Published: Knopf - September 18th, 2012

Now in paperback, a haunting chorus of voices that tells the story of the captivity, education, language, hopes, dreams, and fight for freedom, of the African Americans abducted in the Amistad rebellion.


Blue Laws: Selected and Uncollected Poems, 1995-2015 Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345807410
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Published: Knopf - September 5th, 2017

Now in paperback, from the award-winning author of Jelly Roll and Book of Hours, a rich and lively gathering of highlights from the first twenty years of an extraordinary career, interspersed with "B sides" and "bonus tracks" from this prolific and widely acclaimed poet.


Dear Darkness: Poems Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307264428
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Published: Knopf - July 6th, 2010

Delivered in Young’s classic bluesy tone, this powerful collection of poems about the American family, smoky Southern food, and the losses that time inevitably brings “bristles with life, nerve and, best of all, wit” (San Francisco Chronicle).


Book of Hours: Poems Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780375711886
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Published: Knopf - October 13th, 2015

A decade after the sudden and tragic loss of his father, we witness the unfolding of grief. “In the night I brush / my teeth with a razor,” he tells us, in one of the collection’s piercing two-line poems.


Stones: Poems Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781524732561
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Published: Knopf - September 28th, 2021

A book of loss, looking back, and what binds us to life, by a towering poetic talent, called "one of the poetry stars of his generation" (Los Angeles Times).


The Body's Question: Poems Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781555973919
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Published: Graywolf Press - October 1st, 2003

The debut collection by the Poet Laureate of the United States

* Winner of the 2002 Cave Canem Poetry Prize *

You are pure appetite. I am pure
Appetite. You are a phantom
In that far-off city where daylight
Climbs cathedral walls, stone by stolen stone.
--from "Self-Portrait as the Letter Y"


Brown: Poems Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781524711146
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Published: Knopf - March 3rd, 2020

James Brown. John Brown's raid. Brown v. the Topeka Board of Ed. The prizewinning author of Blue Laws meditates on all things "brown" in this powerful new collection.

“Vital and sophisticated ... sinks hooks into you that cannot be easily removed.” —The New York Times


The Art of Losing: Poems of Grief and Healing Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781608194667
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - November 5th, 2013

“Kevin Young has thoughtfully gathered many of these sorrowful perambulations and grievous plummets.” -Billy Collins


African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle & Song (LOA #333): A Library of America Anthology Cover Image
By Kevin Young (Editor)
$45.00
ISBN: 9781598536669
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Published: Library of America - October 20th, 2020

A literary landmark: the biggest, most ambitious anthology of Black poetry ever published, gathering 250 poets from the colonial period to the present


Woke: A Young Poet's Call to Justice Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250311207
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - March 10th, 2020

"This collection of poems by women of color covers topics relating to social justice, activism, discrimination and empathy, focusing on the need to speak out and inspiring middle-graders." -Vogue

Woke: A Young Poet's Guide to Justice
is a collection of poems to inspire kids to stay woke and become a new generation of activists.


With the Fire on High Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062662835
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Published: Quill Tree Books - May 7th, 2019

From the New York Times bestselling author of the National Book Award-winning title The Poet X comes a dazzling novel in prose about a girl with talent, pride, and a drive to feed the soul that keeps her fire burning bright.


The Poet X Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062662811
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Published: Quill Tree Books - April 7th, 2020

Winner of the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, the Michael L. Printz Award, and the Pura Belpré Award!


Clap When You Land Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062882769
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Published: Quill Tree Books - May 5th, 2020

In a novel-in-verse that brims with grief and love, National Book Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Acevedo writes about the devastation of loss, the difficulty of forgiveness, and the bittersweet bonds that shape our lives.


Before the Ever After Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399545436
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - September 1st, 2020

WINNER OF THE NAACP IMAGE AWARD


WINNER OF THE CORETTA SCOTT KING AUTHOR AWARD
 
National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson's stirring novel-in-verse explores how a family moves forward when their glory days have passed and the cost of professional sports on Black bodies.


Brown Girl Dreaming Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780147515827
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - October 11th, 2016

Jacqueline Woodson's National Book Award and Newbery Honor winner is a powerful memoir that tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse.

A President Obama "O" Book Club pick


The Terrible: A Storyteller's Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143132622
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Published: Penguin Books - June 5th, 2018

Winner of the PEN Ackerley Prize • Longlisted for the 2019 PEN Open Book Award

“Devastating and lyrical.” —The New York Times


“Suspenseful and affecting.” —The New Yorker


bone Cover Image
By Yrsa Daley-Ward, Kiese Laymon (Foreword by)
$15.00
ISBN: 9780143132615
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Published: Penguin Books - September 26th, 2017

“yrsa daley-ward’s bone is a symphony of breaking and mending. . . . she lays her hands on the pulse of the thing. . . . an expert storyteller. of the rarest. and purest kind.” —nayyirah waheed, author of salt.

From the celebrated poet Yrsa Daley-Ward, a poignant collection of poems about the heart, life, and the inner self.


Wild Hundreds (Pitt Poetry Series) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780822963837
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Published: University of Pittsburgh Press - September 9th, 2015

Winner, 2017 Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award (poetry category)
Winner, 2016 BCALA Literary Award (poetry category)
Winner of the 2014 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize
Finalist, 2015 NAACP Image Awards
(poetry category)

Wild Hundreds is a long love song to Chicago.


Finna: Poems Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593132456
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Published: One World - August 11th, 2020

Sharp, lyrical poems celebrating the Black vernacular—its influence on pop culture, its necessity for familial survival, its rite in storytelling and in creating the safety found only within its intimacy

“Terrific . . . illuminates life in this country in a strikingly original way.”—Ron Charles, The Washington Post


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Published: Lumen - June 21st, 2022

El primer poemario de Amanda Gorman: la vozque encarna la esperanza del cambio social.


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Call Us What We Carry: Poems Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593557082
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Published: Random House Large Print - January 4th, 2022

The breakout poetry collection by #1 New York Times bestselling author and presidential inaugural poet Amanda Gorman


La colina que ascendemos: Un poema inaugural / The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural P oem for the Country: Bilingual Books Cover Image
By Amanda Gorman, Oprah Winfrey (Prologue by), Nuria Barrios (Translated by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781644734360
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Published: Lumen - May 4th, 2021

EDICIÓN BILINGÜE

PRÓLOGO DE OPRAH WINFREY

HERMOSA EDICIÓN EN TAPA DURA

ELEGIDA UNA DE LAS 100 PERSONAS QUE SERÁN MÁS INFLUYENTES EN EL FUTURO SEGÚN LA REVISTA TIME


Change Sings: A Children's Anthem Cover Image
By Amanda Gorman, Loren Long (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593203224
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - September 21st, 2021

A lyrical picture book debut from #1 New York Times bestselling author and presidential inaugural poet Amanda Gorman and #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator Loren Long
 
"I can hear change humming
In its loudest, proudest song.
I don't fear change coming,
And so I sing along."
 


The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country Cover Image
By Amanda Gorman, Oprah Winfrey (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9780593465271
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Published: Viking Books - March 30th, 2021

The instant #1 New York Times bestseller and #1 USA Today bestseller

Amanda Gorman’s electrifying and historic poem “The Hill We Climb,” read at President Joe Biden’s inauguration, is now available as a collectible gift edition.

“Stunning.” —CNN
“Dynamic.” —NPR


I've Been a Woman: New and Selected Poems Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780883781128
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Published: Third World Press - June 1st, 1985

The author of several books of poetry, Sanchez' I've Been A Woman is the dynamic transcendental female voice of one of the finest poets of our time. Includes "Black Magic: Blk Rhetoric" and "Blues."


Morning Haiku Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780807001318
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Published: Beacon Press - January 25th, 2011

Poems of commemoration and loss for readers of all ages, from a leading writer of the Black Arts Movement and the American Poetry Society's 2018 Wallace Stevens Award–winner.
 


Like the Singing Coming off the Drums: Love Poems (Bluestreak #7) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780807068434
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Published: Beacon Press - January 1st, 1999

A dazzling exploration of the intimate and public landscapes of passion from the American Poetry Society's 2018 Wallace Stevens Award–winner. 

In haiku, tanka, and sensual blues, Sonia Sanchez writes of the many forms love takes: burning, dreamy, disappointed, vulnerable. With words that revel and reveal, she shares love's painful beauty.


Wounded in the House of a Friend (Bluestreak #3) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780807068274
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Published: Beacon Press - April 30th, 1997

An exploration of the pain, self-doubt, and anger that emerge in women's lives, from a leading writer of the Black Arts Movement and the American Poetry Society's 2018 Wallace Stevens Award–winner.


Does Your House Have Lions? (Bluestreak #4) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780807068311
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Published: Beacon Press - January 28th, 1998

From the American Poetry Society's 2018 Wallace Stevens Award–winner, this is an epic poem on kin estranged, the death of a brother from AIDS, and the possibility of reconciliation and love in the face of loss.


Homegirls and Handgrenades Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9781935210795
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Published: White Pine Press (NY) - July 14th, 2015

"Only a poet with an innocent heart can exorcise so much pain with so much beauty."--Isabel Allende

A reprint of Sonia Sanchez's award-winning collection, which contains some of her seminal work. Winner of the American Book Award.


Shake Loose My Skin: New and Selected Poems (Bluestreak #12) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780807068533
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Published: Beacon Press - April 7th, 2000

An extraordinary retrospective covering over thirty years of work, From a leading writer of the Black Arts Movement and the American Poetry Society's 2018 Wallace Stevens Award–winner.

Shake Loose My Skin
is a stunning testament to the literary, sensual, and political powers of the award-winning Sonia Sanchez.


Collected Poems Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780807026526
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Published: Beacon Press - April 13th, 2021

Winner Gish Prize for Lifetime Achievement

A representative collection of the life work of the much-honored poet and a founder of the Black Arts movement, spanning the 4 decades of her literary career.


The Sobbing School (Penguin Poets) Cover Image
By Joshua Bennett, Eugene Gloria (Selected by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143111863
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Published: Penguin Books - September 27th, 2016

The debut collection from a 2021 Whiting Award and Guggenheim Fellow recipient whose “astounding, dolorous, rejoicing voice is indispensable” (Tracy K. Smith)
  


Owed (Penguin Poets) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143133858
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Published: Penguin Books - September 1st, 2020

From a 2021 Whiting Award and Guggenheim Fellow recipient, a “rhapsodic, rigorous poetry collection, which pays homage to everyday Black experience in the U.S.” (The New Yorker)


Black Girl, Call Home Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780593197141
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Published: Berkley - March 9th, 2021

A Most Anticipated Book of 2021 by Oprah Magazine  Time •  Vogue • Vulture  Essence • Elle • Cosmopolitan  Real Simple 


The Collected Works of Phillis Wheatley (Schomburg Library of Nineteenth-Century Black Women Writers) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780195060850
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - December 14th, 1989

The past two decades have seen a dramatic resurgence of interest in black women writers, as authors such as Alice Walker and Toni Morrison have come to dominate the larger Afro-American literary landscape.


The Poems of Phillis Wheatley: With Letters and a Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780486475936
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Published: Dover Publications - January 14th, 2010

Born in Africa in 1753, Phillis Wheatley was kidnapped at the age of seven and sold into slavery. At nineteen, she became the first Black American poet to publish a book, Poems on Various Subjects: Religious and Moral, on which this volume is based.


The Poems of Phillis Wheatley Cover Image
By Phillis Wheatley, Mint Editions (Contribution by)
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ISBN: 9781513277417
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Published: Mint Editions - March 2nd, 2021

Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral (1773) is the first book of poetry published by an African American author. Written while Wheatley was a slave in Boston, the collection was published in England. Regarded for her mastery of classical poetic form, Phillis Wheatley earned praise from Voltaire and George Washington.


Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781400065585
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Published: Random House - December 1st, 2005

This dazzling Christmas poem by Maya Angelou is powerful and inspiring for people of all faiths.


And Still I Rise: A Book of Poems Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780394502526
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Published: Random House - August 12th, 1978

Maya Angelou’s unforgettable collection of poetry lends its name to the documentary film about her life, And Still I Rise, as seen on PBS’s American Masters.
 
Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.


Phenomenal Woman: Four Poems Celebrating Women Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780679439240
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Published: Random House - January 17th, 1995

A collection of beloved poems about women from the iconic Maya Angelou


Poems: Maya Angelou Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780553255768
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Published: Bantam - January 1st, 1996

Tenderly, joyously, sometimes in sadness,  sometimes in pain, Maya Angelou writes from the heart and  celebrates life as only she has discovered it. In  this moving volume of poetry, we hear the  multi-faceted voice of one of the most powerful and  vibrant writers of our time.


I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Cover Image
By Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey (Foreword by)
$24.00
ISBN: 9780375507892
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Published: Random House - March 5th, 2002

Maya Angelou’s debut memoir is a modern American classic beloved worldwide. Her life story is told in the documentary film And Still I Rise, as seen on PBS’s American Masters.


The Complete Poetry Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812997873
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Published: Random House - March 31st, 2015

The beauty and spirit of Maya Angelou’s words live on in this complete collection of poetry, including her inaugural poem “On the Pulse of Morning”


Poetry for Young People: Maya Angelou Cover Image
By Edwin Graves Wilson (Editor), Jerome Lagarrigue (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781454903291
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Published: Sterling Children's Books - January 1st, 2013

An acclaimed anthology receives a new design and cover Award-winning writer, historian, and civil rights activist Dr. Maya Angelou is a true American icon.


Life Doesn't Frighten Me (Twenty-fifth Anniversary Edition) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781419727481
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - January 9th, 2018

Maya Angelou’s unforgettable poem is matched with the daring art of Jean-Michel Basquiat in this powerful ode to courage
 
Shadows on the wall
Noises down the hall
Life doesn't frighten me at all
 
Maya Angelou's brave, defiant poem celebrates the courage within each of us, young and old.


I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Cover Image
By Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey (Foreword by)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780345514400
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Published: Ballantine Books - April 21st, 2009

Here is a book as joyous and painful, as mysterious and memorable, as childhood itself. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words that can make the world right. Maya Angelou’s debut memoir is a modern American classic beloved worldwide.
 


Grand Mothers: Poems, Reminiscences, and Short Stories About The Keepers Of Our Traditions Cover Image
By Nikki Giovanni (Editor)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780805049039
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - September 15th, 1996

Nikki Giovanni created this book by asking her friends--people like Gloria Naylor, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Maxine Hong Kingston--for their stories and recollections of their grandmothers, then to a group of writers in their ninties for their thoughts. Grand Mothers celebrates those special women in every culture who preserve heritae and prepare the future.


Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea: Poems and Not Quite Poems Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780060099534
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Published: William Morrow - December 28th, 2010

“One of her best collections to date.” —Essence


Spin a Soft Black Song: Poems for Children Cover Image
By Nikki Giovanni, George Martins (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780374464691
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Published: Square Fish - April 1st, 1987

Spin a Soft Black Song is an illustrated poetry collection from Caldecott Honor and Langston Hughes Medal award-winning author Nikki Giovanni.


Bicycles: Love Poems Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061726491
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Published: William Morrow - February 2nd, 2010

In her legendary career, artist and activist Nikki Giovanni has established herself as a writer who can entertain and challenge, and a voice for social justice who can inform and inspire in times of national crisis.


Love Poems Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780688149895
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Published: William Morrow - February 14th, 1997

In a career that has spanned more than a quarter century, Nikki Giovanni has earned the reputation as one of America's most celebrated and contoversial writers.Now, she presents a stunning collection of love poems that includes more than twenty new works.


The Selected Poems of Nikki Giovanni Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780688140472
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Published: William Morrow - January 11th, 1996

When Nikki Giovanni's poems first emerged from the Black Rights Movement in the late 1960s, she immediately took a place among the most celebrated and controversial poets of the era. Finally, here is the first compilation of Nikki Giovanni's poetry.


Make Me Rain: Poems & Prose Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062995285
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Published: William Morrow - October 20th, 2020

One of America’s most celebrated poets challenges us with this powerful and deeply personal collection of verse that speaks to the injustices of society while illuminating the depths of her own heart.


The Collected Poetry of Nikki Giovanni: 1968-1998 Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780060724290
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Published: William Morrow - January 23rd, 2007

The complete early work of the renowned African-American poet.

 “Nikki Giovanni is one of our national treasures.”—Gloria Naylor


Counting Descent Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781938912658
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Published: Write Bloody Publishing - September 15th, 2016

From the author of How the Word is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America

* Winner, 2017 Black Caucus of the American Library Association Literary Award

* Finalist, 2017 NAACP Image Awards

* One Book One New Orleans 2017 Book Selection


Electric Arches Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781608468560
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Published: Haymarket Books - September 12th, 2017

Electric Arches is an imaginative exploration of Black girlhood and womanhood through poetry, visual art, and narrative prose.


1919 Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781608465989
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Published: Haymarket Books - June 11th, 2019

"The Zora Neale Hurston of her generation." --Studio 360

"A truly rare cultural phenomenon: an artist who not only holds up a mirror to society, but makes herself a catalyst to change it." --Chicago Tribune


Black Movie Cover Image
$12.00
ISBN: 9781943735006
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Published: Button Poetry - July 1st, 2015

"These harrowing poems make montage, make mirrors, make elegiac biopic, make 'a dope ass trailer with a hundred black children / smiling into the camera & the last shot is the wide mouth of a pistol.' That's no spoiler alert, but rather, Smith's way-saying & laying it beautifully bare.


[insert] Boy Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781936919284
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Published: Yesyes Books - December 24th, 2014

Poetry. LGBT Studies. African American Studies.

Winner, Lambda Literary Award, Gay Poetry 2015.
Chosen by Don Share for Boston Globe's Best Poetry Books, 2014.
2016 Kate Tufts Discovery Award.
Finalist, Norma Farber First Book Award, Poetry Society of America.


Don't Call Us Dead: Poems Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781555977856
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Published: Graywolf Press - September 5th, 2017

Finalist for the National Book Award for Poetry
Winner of the Forward Prize for Best Collection

“[Smith's] poems are enriched to the point of volatility, but they pay out, often, in sudden joy.”—
The New Yorker


Homie: Poems Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781644450109
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Published: Graywolf Press - January 21st, 2020

FINALIST FOR THE 2020 NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FOR POETRY
FINALIST FOR THE 2021 NAACP IMAGE AWARD FOR POETRY

Danez Smith is our president


Lost Collection of an Invisible Man (Mouthmark) Cover Image
$7.00
ISBN: 9781905233038
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Published: Flipped Eye Publishing Limited - June 30th, 2005

Nick Makoha's debut poetry pamphlet bristles with the energy and imagery of an epic imagination. The braggadocio of a child whose father is absent, the bravado of a child fleeing the only country and diet he knows and the reluctant tenderness of a young man in love all feature in the deck of cards he deals from. A first pamphlet of bewildering promise.


Kingdom of Gravity Cover Image
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Published: Peepal Tree Press Ltd. - June 5th, 2017

In direct narrative terms the poems in this collection relate to the horrors of the civil war that ousted the brutal tyranny of Idi Amin in Uganda, a war of liberation that brought its own barbarous atrocities. In political terms the poems chart the impact of imperialism and neo-colonialism that lay behind those traumas in the life of the nation.


The Mouthmark Book of Poetry Cover Image
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This Is How We Disappear Cover Image
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This Is How We Disappear is at once an exploration of the physical and emotional disappearance of women and a celebration of the magic of shapeshifting as an act of survival too.

The poems sit in conversation with each other in a way that highlights how women survive and thrive in spite of the obstacles often stacked against them.


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100 days... 100 days that should not have been... 100 days the world could have stopped. But did not.


All and Everything Cover Image
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Separating the Seas Cover Image
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Published: University Of KwaZulu-Natal Press - October 1st, 2007

This collection of poetry celebrates the quiet beauty of the ordinary. Kobus Moolman's subtle work speaks in the enigmatic strokes of abstract art. His poems give lyrical form and voice to the silence at the edge of language and comprehension.


A Book of Rooms Cover Image
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A Book of Rooms is Kobus Moolman's seventh collection of poetry, which continues the innovative forms and fearless concerns of his two most recent books, Light and After (Deep South, 2010) and Left Over (Dye Hard Press, 2013). [Subject: Poetry]


Tilling the Hard Soil: Poetry, Prose and Art by South African Writers with Disabilities Cover Image
By Kobus Moolman (Editor)
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ISBN: 9781869141905
Published: University Of KwaZulu-Natal Press - June 1st, 2010

Tilling the Hard Soil takes readers on a journey out of their comfort zones and into the lives of ordinary people living with extraordinary challenges. These are people with disabilities who hail from a wide diversity of backgrounds and life experiences. Some were born disabled; some became disabled in later life.


The Mountain Behind the House Cover Image
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Stream of Consciousness: Poetics of the Universal Cover Image
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Published: Langaa RPCID - April 26th, 2015

"On perusing Stream of Consciousness: Poetics of the Universal by Peter Wuteh Vakunta, one is struck by the eclectic and englobing nature of themes broached. Vakunta's poetry is both a transversal and longitudinal dissection of our world. The poet assumes the posture of a divinity casting interrogative glances at the deeds of humans. Not a single terrestrial creature evades his prying eyes.


Martyrdom and Other Freedom Poems Cover Image
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Published: iUniverse - September 21st, 2010

This poetry collection, appropriately dedicated "in derision of all the cloned dictators in Africa," is marked by the acerbic irony of the "macabre poet" on various themes emphasizing Africa's dilemma past and present.


Gravitas: Poetic Consciencism for Cameroon Cover Image
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Gravitas: Poetic Consciencism for Cameroon is the poet's requiem for the geographical expression code-named Cameroon. Vakunta speaks with the audacity of a daredevil and the certitude of a seer. This long poem has the twin virtues of gravity and clarity of purpose. The poet eschews the banality and sophistry characteristic of poetry for poetry's sake.


Requiem pour Ongola en Camfranglais: Une Poetique Camerounaise Cover Image
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"Using linguistic stylings as subversive as the messages nestled between the lines, Vakunta's Requiem for Ongola in Camfranglais: Cameroonian poetics presents a scathing critique of the corruption of democracy into "democraziness" running rampant in the "Sick Man of Africa".


Majunga Tok: Poems in Pidgin English Cover Image
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Pidgin English is the chief medium of communication for the great majority of Cameroonians. It sustains a world view, culture and way of life. Pidgin embodies concepts that would at best be partially expressed in formal English.


Tragedy of the Commons Cover Image
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"Vakunta's Tragedy of the Commons is a seminal piece of fictional writing that delves into the crevices of contemporary society. Divided into thematic realms, this book of poems is an awakening call for humanity to waken from slumber and pay heed to seemingly trivial issues of our times.


Aporia: Lament of an Ambazonian Revolutionary Cover Image
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Published: Langaa RPCID - March 16th, 2021

Aporia is a long prose poem that makes a case for the Ambazonian Revolution. It is my conviction that the task of the genuine intellectual is to speak up when no one dares to speak. When we draw a blank and cannot make sense of the events that have deeply perturbed our lives, we have recourse to the plume in a bid to externalize pent-up emotions.


Surviving Loss Cover Image
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Published: Impepho Press - December 13th, 2018

Mahlangu's debut collection, written between 2015 and 2018, is undoing a house of silence. Her writing is too lived in to be na ve and somehow manages to remain untainted by the cynicism of growing up. If it is true that the artist is the child who survives, then this is the book that journey spat out. Surviving Loss is a gentle-urgent fight for breath and voice.


Zimbolicious 5th Anniversary Edition: A Special Poetry Anthology of Zimbabwe's Best Contemporary Poets Cover Image
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Poets featured in Zimbolicious 5th Anniversary Edition are: Tanaka Chidora, Tendai Rinos Mwanaka, Killian Nhamo Mwanaka, Jabulani Mzinyathi, Mandhla Mavolwane, Wilson Waison, Beniah Munengwa, Chenjerai Mhondera, Lisa Jaison, Tinashe Muchuri, Oscar Gwiriri, Christopher Kudyahakudadirwe, Troy Da Costa and John Eppel.


Zimbolicious Poetry Anthology: Volume 1 Cover Image
By Tendai Rinos Mwanaka (Editor), Edward Dzonze (Editor)
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Zimbolicious: Poetry Anthology: Volume 2 Cover Image
By Tendai R. Mwanaka (Editor), Edward Dzonze (Editor)
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Published: Langaa RPCID - November 24th, 2017

The Collected Poetry (Caraf Books) Cover Image
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Published: University of Virginia Press - August 29th, 1998

Leopold Sedar Senghor was not only president of the Republic of Senegal from 1960 to 1981, he is also Africa's most famous poet. A cofounder of the Negritude cultural movement, he is recognized as one of the most significant figures in African literature. This bilingual edition of Senghor's complete poems made his work available for the first time to English-speaking audiences.


Lagos Noir (Akashic Noir) Cover Image
By Chris Abani (Editor), Nnedi Okorafor (Contribution by), E. C. Osondu (Contribution by)
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In the introduction to this excellent anthology, Abani welcomes readers to Lagos, Nigeria, a city of more than 21 million and an amazing amalgam of wealth, poverty, corruption, humor, bravery, and tragedy.


Speak from Here to There Cover Image
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For six months during 2015, two poets known for their capacity to create lyric responses to the complex realities around them, yet poets fully inscribed in both a western literary tradition and other longer traditions that have been marginalized, exchanged poems that were in constant dialogue even as they remained wholly defined and shaped by the details of their own private and public lives.


Red: Contemporary Black British Poetry Cover Image
By Kwame Dawes (Editor)
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Published: Peepal Tree Press Ltd. - March 1st, 2010

Inspired by the word “red,” this collection of poems written by black British writers—including both established authors and new, exciting poets—explores the subjects and ideas stirred by a single trigger, from the word's usual associations with blood, violence, passion, and anger, as well as with sensuality and sexuality, to mo


Requiem Cover Image
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Published: Peepal Tree Press Ltd. - November 1st, 1996

In these 'shrines of remembrance' for the millions of the victims of transatlantic slavery, Kwame Dawes constructs a sequence which laments, rages, mourns, but also celebrates survival. Focusing on individual moments in this holocaust which lasted nearly four hundred years, these poems both cauterize a lingering infection and offer the oil of healing.


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Published: Peepal Tree Press Ltd. - December 1st, 1997

When the guitars tickle a bedrock of drum and bass, when the girl a shock out and a steady hand curve round her sweat-smooth waist, when the smell of Charlie mingles with the chemicals of her hair and the groove is of the sweetest friction - how is a young man to keep his way pure?

Kwame Dawes's poetry rises to new heights in these psalms of confession and celebrations of reggae's power to


Talk Yuh Talk: Interviews with Anglophone Caribbean Poets Cover Image
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Published: University of Virginia Press - December 29th, 2000

Before the Caribbean-inflected spoken-word poetry of the 1990s, epitomized by poetry slams at the Nuyorican Poets Caf in Manhattan, there was reggae. In the past thirty years, most Caribbean poetry written in English has come to the shores of the United States on waves of music, in the lyrics of Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and Burning Spear.


Jubilation!: Poems Celebrating 50 Years of Jamaican Independence Cover Image
By Kwame Dawes (Editor)
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Published: Peepal Tree Press Ltd. - September 1st, 2012

In this compilation, more than 50 contemporary Jamaican poets reflect in outspoken, meditative, humorous, and outrageous ways upon the historical and existential moment of Jamaican independence.


Progeny of Air Cover Image
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Published: Peepal Tree Press Ltd. - January 1st, 1994

Winner of the prize for the best first collection in the Forward Poetry Prize of 1994, Progeny of Air explores a childhood and youth spent in 1970's Jamaica. The collection links inner personal experience and social and historical perspectives to mutually enriching effect.


Home Is Where: An Anthology of African American Poetry from the Carolinas Cover Image
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Published: Hub City Press - November 1st, 2011

In Home is Where, Kwame Dawes compiles the work of more than two dozen African-American poets from the Carolinas, showcasing a vast array of original voices writing on subjects ranging from Jim Crow to jazz, haunted landscapes to romantic love--all in an attempt to define the South as home.


Resisting the Anomie Cover Image
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Published: Goose Lane Editions - March 1st, 1995

Resisting the Anomie is the second book of poetry by Kwame Dawes, whose collection Progeny of Air, won Britain's prestigious Forward Trust Poetry Prize for Best First Book in the fall of 1994.


A Far Cry from Plymouth Rock: A Personal Narrative Cover Image
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Published: Peepal Tree Press Ltd. - April 1st, 2006

Directly addressing the relationship with his father, a Marxist Caribbean nationalist, Kwame Dawes presents a memoir of intellectual rigor that is coupled with great tenderness.


Back of Mount Peace Cover Image
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Published: Peepal Tree Press Ltd. - April 1st, 2010

Characterized by a beautifully realized reciprocity between outer landscape and the characters’ inner worlds, this remarkable sequence of lyric poetry explores the blossoming of an innately complicated relationship between a retired fisherman named Monty Cupidon and a naked, bloodied, and traumatized woman he encounters standing at a crossroad who cannot rememb


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Published: Red Hen Press - January 1st, 2006

In Wisteria, Kwame Dawes finds poignant meaning in the landscape and history of Sumter, a small town in central South Carolina. Here the voices of women who lived through most of the twentieth century - teachers, beauticians, seamstresses, domestic workers and farming folk - unfold with the raw honesty of people who have waited for a long time to finally speak their mind.


Midland: Poems (Hollis Summers Poetry Prize) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780821413562
Published: Ohio University Press - December 1st, 2000

The winning manuscript of the fourth annual Hollis Summers Poetry Prize is also the exciting American debut by a poet who has already established himself as an important international poetic voice. Midland, the seventh collection by Kwame Dawes, draws deeply on the poet’s travels and experiences in Africa, the Caribbean, England, and the American South.


Prophets Cover Image
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Published: Peepal Tree Press Ltd. - July 1st, 2018

Set in Jamaica in the late 1980s and 1990s, Prophets is a poem of rhythmic and metaphoric inventiveness that portrays the social and cultural resonances of Jamaican society along with the tension between an ebullient cynicism and a heartfelt desire for faith.


Hope's Hospice and Other Poems Cover Image
By Kwame Dawes, Joshua Cogan (By (photographer))
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Published: Peepal Tree Press Ltd. - April 1st, 2009

Frank and earnest, this moving collection of poetry offers a glimpse into the support centers and hospice outside of Montego Bay and the many lives that have been lost to HIV/AIDS in Jamaica.


Wheels Cover Image
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Published: Peepal Tree Press Ltd. - November 2nd, 2011

Using the power of language to explore and discover patterns of meaning, this collection brings the lyric poem face to face with the external world—with its politics, social upheavals, and ideological complexity.


Coming Up Hot: Eight New Poets from the Caribbean Cover Image
By Peekash Press (Editor), Kwame Dawes (Preface by)
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Published: Peekash Press - November 3rd, 2015

Featuring poems from Danielle Boodoo-Fortun , Danielle Jennings, Ruel Johnson, Monica Minott, Debra Providence, Shivanee Ramlochan, Colin Robinson, and Sassy Ross. With a preface by Kwame Dawes.


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Published: Akashic Books - April 2nd, 2019

Kwame Dawes has been named a 2019 Windham-Campbell Prize Recipient in poetry


Gomer's Song (Black Goat) Cover Image
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Published: Akashic Books - September 1st, 2007

Gomer's Song is a re-rendering of the Bible story. In Gomer, a harlot who was the wife of the Old Testament prophet Hosea, Kwame Dawes finds the subject for a beautiful contemporary exploration on freedom and sacrifice.


Duppy Conqueror: New and Selected Poems Cover Image
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - May 14th, 2013

Paterson Award for Literary Excellence.

Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award, finalist.

"Dawes's verse has an expressive power and lyric resonance that can be attributed to a trans-Atlantic consciousness weaned on the spiritual sources of reggae."--New York Times Book Review


Bob Marley: Lyrical Genius Cover Image
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Published: Bobcat Books - October 1st, 2007

This in-depth analysis of the reggae superstar's poetry in lyric form delves into the songwriter's intellect and spirituality with scholarly precision usually more associated with Bob Dylan or John Lennon. Thought of as the folk poet of the developing world, Marley influenced generations of musicians and writers throughout the Western hemisphere.


Nebraska: Poems Cover Image
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Published: University of Nebraska Press - October 1st, 2019

Kwame Dawes is not a native Nebraskan. Born in Ghana, he later moved to Jamaica, where he spent most of his childhood and early adulthood.


Exiles of Eden Cover Image
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Exiles of Eden looks at the origin story of Adam, Eve, and their exile from the Garden of Eden, exploring displacement and alienation from its mythological origins to the present. In this formally experimental collection steeped in Somali narrative tradition, Osman gives voice to the experiences and traumas of displaced people over multiple generations.


The Kitchen-Dweller's Testimony (African Poetry Book ) Cover Image
By Ladan Osman, Kwame Dawes (Foreword by)
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Published: University of Nebraska Press - April 1st, 2015

Winner of the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets, The Kitchen-Dweller’s Testimony asks: Whose testimony is valid? Whose testimony is worth recording? Osman’s speakers, who are almost always women, assert and reassert in an attempt to establish authority, often through persistent questioning.


Mother Tongues: Poems Cover Image
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Published: Northwestern University Press - November 15th, 2019

Winner of the 2018 Cave Canem Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize

Tsitsi Ella Jaji’s second full-length collection of poems, Mother Tongues, begins at home, with the first words and loves we learn, and the most intimate vows we swear. How deep does your language go back? Jaji’s artful verse is a three-tiered gourd of sustenance, vessel, and folklore.


Beating the Graves (African Poetry Book ) Cover Image
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The poems in Tsitsi Ella Jaji’s Beating the Graves meditate on the meaning of living in diaspora, an experience increasingly common among contemporary Zimbabweans. Vivid evocations of the landscape of Zimbabwe filter critiques of contemporary political conditions and ecological challenges, veiled in the multiple meanings of poetic metaphor.


My Country, Tonight Cover Image
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Published: Action Books - October 15th, 2016

Poetry. African Studies. Translated by Todd Fredson. Josu Gu bo's MY COUNTRY, TONIGHT offers English- language readers their first sustained encounter with one of the important contemporary poets of the Ivory Coast and Francophone Africa.


Think of Lampedusa (African Poetry Book ) Cover Image
By Josué Guébo, Todd Fredson (Translated by), John Keene (Introduction by)
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Published: University of Nebraska Press - October 1st, 2017

A collection of serial poems, Think of Lampedusa addresses the 2013 shipwreck that killed 366 Africans attempting to migrate secretly to Lampedusa, an Italian island in the Mediterranean Sea. The crossing from North Africa to this island and other Mediterranean way stations has become the most dangerous migrant route in the world.


Logotherapy (African Poetry Book ) Cover Image
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Published: University of Nebraska Press - November 1st, 2016

Written as a tribute to family, place, and bodily awareness, Mukoma Wa Ngugi’s poems speak of love, war, violence, language, immigration, and exile. From a baby girl’s penchant for her parents’ keys to a warrior’s hunt for words, Wa Ngugi’s poems move back and forth between the personal and the political.


An Anthology of Somali Poetry Cover Image
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Published: Indiana University Press - September 22nd, 1993

This is a fascinating and unusual collection that deserves attention. --Bloomsbury Review

. . . this anthology of poetry is a breath of fresh air. It provides the reader with the means of gaining a deeper insight into Somali life through what is to the Somalis their most important cultural form, namely, poetry. --Bulletin of the School of Irental & African Studies


The Future Has an Appointment with the Dawn (African Poetry Book ) Cover Image
By Tanella Boni, Todd Fredson (Translated by), Honorée Fanonne Jeffers (Introduction by)
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Published: University of Nebraska Press - September 1st, 2018

Tanella Boni is a major African poet, and this book, The Future Has an Appointment with the Dawn, is her first full collection to be translated into English. These poems wrestle with the ethnic violence and civil war that dominated life in West Africa’s Ivory Coast in the first decade of the new millennium.


When the Wanderers Come Home (African Poetry Book ) Cover Image
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Published: University of Nebraska Press - November 1st, 2016

Described by African scholar and literary critic Chielozona Eze as “one of the most prolific African poets of the twenty-first century,” Patricia Jabbeh Wesley composed When the Wanderers Come Home during a four-month visit to her homeland of Liberia in 2013.


Before the Palm Could Bloom: Poems of Africa Cover Image
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Published: New Issues Poetry and Prose - November 1st, 1998

In Before the Palm Could Bloom, Patricia Jabbeh Wesley writes poems of the Liberian civil war and of the devastation it has wrought: 200,000 dead –– including 50,000 children –– and 750,000 citizens forced to take refuge in neighboring countries.


Becoming Ebony (Crab Orchard Series in Poetry) Cover Image
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Published: Southern Illinois University Press - March 12th, 2003

Recapturing the celebratory voice of Africa in poems that are both contemporary and traditional, Liberian-born Patricia Jabbeh Wesley weaves lyrical storytelling with oral history and images of Africa and America, revealing powerful insights about the relationship between strength and tragedy—and finding reason to celebrate even in the presence of war, difficulties, and death.


Where the Road Turns Cover Image
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Published: Autumn House Press - August 1st, 2010

In Wesley's fourth poetry collection, she continues her lyric exploration of what it means to be a survivor and an immigrant, retelling stories of a generation ruined by war and grief, and the healing that follows.


Praise Song for My Children: New and Selected Poems Cover Image
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Praise Song for My Children celebrates twenty-one years of poetry by one of the most significant African poets of this century. Patricia Jabbeh Wesley guides us through the complex and intertwined highs and lows of motherhood and all the roles that it encompasses: parent, woman, wife, sister, friend.


Two Songs: Song of Prisoner & Song of Malaya Cover Image
By Okot P'Bitek, Taban Lo Liyong (Translator)
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Published: East African Educ. Publ. - January 1st, 2001

Poet, philosopher and artist, these poems from the distinguished Ugandan writer won the 1972 Kenyatta Prize for Literature. Song of Prisoner confronts the tragedy of Africa's decade of freedom.


Song of Lawino and Song of Ocol Cover Image
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Song of Lawino and Song of Ocol are among the most successful African literary works. Song of Lawino is an African woman's lamentation over the cultural death of her western educated husband - Ocol. In Song of Ocel the husband tries to justify his cultural apostasy. These songs were translated from Acholi by the author. They evince a fascinating flavour of the African rhythmical idiom.


Your Crib, My Qibla (African Poetry Book ) Cover Image
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Published: University of Nebraska Press - March 1st, 2021

Your Crib, My Qibla interrogates loss, the death of a child, and a father’s pursuit of language able to articulate grief.


Knees of a Natural Man: The Selected Poetry of Henry Dumas Cover Image
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Published: Flood Editions - October 30th, 2020

Poetry. Afican & African American Studies. Edited and with an introduction by Eugene B. Redmond. His work remains--a testimonial to his own committed love, his own sharp perceptiveness and zeal.--Gwendolyn Brooks


The Rinehart Frames (African Poetry Book ) Cover Image
By Cheswayo Mphanza, Kwame Dawes (Foreword by)
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Published: University of Nebraska Press - March 1st, 2021

The poems in The Rinehart Frames seek to exhaust the labyrinths of ekphrasis.


Sacrament of Bodies (African Poetry Book ) Cover Image
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2021 Lambda Literary Awards Finalist 

In this groundbreaking collection of poems, Sacrament of Bodies, Romeo Oriogun fearlessly interrogates how a queer man in Nigeria can heal in a society where everything is designed to prevent such restoration.


Stray (African Poetry Book ) Cover Image
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Published: University of Nebraska Press - March 1st, 2018

Winner of the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets, Zimbabwean writer Bernard Farai Matambo’s poems in Stray favor a prose-shaped line as they uncover the contradictory impulses in search of emotional and intellectual truth.


Behind Walls & Glass Cover Image
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Published: Finishing Line Press - March 2nd, 2016

Fuchsia (African Poetry Book ) Cover Image
By Mahtem Shiferraw, Kwame Dawes (Foreword by)
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Published: University of Nebraska Press - March 1st, 2016

Winner of the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets, Ethiopian American Mahtem Shiferraw’s Fuchsia examines conceptions of the displaced, disassembled, and nomadic self. Embedded in her poems are colors, elements, and sensations that evoke painful memories related to deep-seated remnants of trauma, war, and diaspora.


Your Body Is War (African Poetry Book ) Cover Image
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Your Body Is War contemplates the psychology of the female human body, looking at the ways it exists and moves in the world, refusing to be contained in the face of grief and trauma.


Gabriel Okara: Collected Poems (African Poetry Book ) Cover Image
By Gabriel Okara, Brenda Marie Osbey (Introduction by), Brenda Marie Osbey (Editor)
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Published: University of Nebraska Press - April 1st, 2016

Gabriel Okara, a prize-winning author whose literary career spans six decades, is rightly hailed as the elder statesman of Nigerian literature.


Zong! (Wesleyan Poetry) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780819571694
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Published: Wesleyan University Press - August 15th, 2011

A haunting lifeline between archive and memory, law and poetry


Poetry and Protest: A Dennis Brutus Reader Cover Image
By Lee Sustar (Editor), Dennis Brutus (Contribution by), Aisha Karim (Editor)
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ISBN: 9781931859226
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Published: Haymarket Books - January 1st, 2006

"We in South Africa needed the support of the international community in our efforts to end the vicious system of racial oppression called apartheid. We had to have eloquent advocates to tell the world our story and persuade it to come to our assistance. . . . We had none more articulate and with all the credibility and integrity so indispensable than Dennis Brutus to plead our cause.


The Last of the Sweet Bananas: New & Selected Poems Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781852246655
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Published: Bloodaxe Books - May 27th, 2004

Because he was a radical poet, Jack Mapanje was imprisoned without trial or charge by the dictator Hastings Banda of Malawi for nearly four years. The themes of his poetry range from the search for a sense of dignity and integrity under a repressive regime, incarceration, release from prison, exile and return to Africa.


Days Cover Image
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ISBN: 9789780810672
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Published: Hebn Publishers - September 1st, 2008

A new collection of poetry from one of Africa's great contemporary poets. A multi-award winner, Niyi Osundare presents the poems in three parts. "Children of the Week" presents poems for each day of the week - positing what are the real names of the children of the week? What are their peculiar characteristics and inclinations? What do they do to the passing of time?


Songs of the Marketplace Cover Image
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ISBN: 9789782266101
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Published: Niyi Osundare - December 29th, 1983

Winner of the Commonwealth Poetry Prize for 1986, Niyi Osundare is one of Nigeria's most prominent younger writers. This first collection of his poetry is the expression of a critical awareness in its exploration of the social situation in contemporary Nigeria.


City Without People: The Katrina Poems (Black Widow Press Modern Poetry) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780983707912
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Published: Tradeselect - August 16th, 2011

Waiting Laughters Cover Image
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Published: Niyi Osundare - September 5th, 2000

Waiting Laughters is Osundare's second volume of poetry, published to critical acclaim. In 1991, it won The Noma Award for Publishing in Africa, the most prestigious book prize for new works published within the African continent.


Lady Anne: A Chronicle in Verse Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781611488159
Published: Bucknell University Press - January 11th, 2017

Lady Anne: A Chronicle in Verse by Antjie Krog is the first English translation of an award winning book published in Afrikaans in 1989. It engages critically and creatively with a key moment of colonial history-the time Lady Anne Barnard spent at the Cape of Good Hope, from 1797 to 1802.


The Perfect Nine: The Epic of Gĩkũyũ And Mũmbi Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781620975251
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Published: New Press - October 6th, 2020

A dazzling, genre-defying novel in verse from the author Delia Owens says "tackles the absurdities, injustices, and corruption of a continent"

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o's novels and memoirs have received glowing praise from the likes of President Barack Obama, the New Yorker, the New York Times Book Review, The Guardian, and NPR; he has been a finalist for the Man Inte


A Fortune for Your Disaster Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781947793439
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Published: Tin House Books - September 3rd, 2019

“When an author’s unmitigated brilliance shows up on every page, it’s tempting to skip a description and just say, Read this! Such is the case with this breathlessly powerful, deceptively breezy book of poetry.” —Booklist, Starred Review


The Crown Ain't Worth Much Cover Image
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Published: Button Poetry - July 19th, 2016

The Crown Ain't Worth Much, Hanif Abdurraqib's first full-length collection, is a sharp and vulnerable portrayal of city life in the United States. A regular columnist for MTV.com, Abdurraqib brings his interest in pop culture to these poems, analyzing race, gender, family, and the love that finally holds us together even as it threatens to break us.


The Penguin Book of Modern African Poetry: Fourth Edition Cover Image
By Gerald Moore (Editor), Ulli Beier (Editor), Gerald Moore (Introduction by), Gerald Moore (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780140424720
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Published: Penguin Classics - September 14th, 2007

A new edition of the definitive collection of modern poetry from Africa


Modern Sudanese Poetry: An Anthology (African Poetry Book ) Cover Image
By Adil Babikir (Editor), Matthew Shenoda (Foreword by), Adil Babikir (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781496215635
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Published: University of Nebraska Press - September 1st, 2019

Spanning more than six decades of Sudan’s post-independence history, this collection features work by some of Sudan’s most renowned modern poets, largely unknown in the United States. Adil Babikir’s extensive introduction provides a conceptual framework to help the English reader understand the cultural context.