I, Too, Sing America: Three Centuries Of African American Poetry by Catherine ClintonI, Too, Sing America: Three Centuries Of African American Poetry by Catherine Clinton

I, Too, Sing America: Three Centuries Of African American Poetry

byCatherine ClintonIllustratorStephen Alcorn

Paperback | January 3, 2017

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"The strong selections that are included here, coupled with the dramatic paintings they have inspired, are likely to put readers on the trail to the poets' further works." - Publishers Weekly
This diverse collection of African American poetry spans three centuries of writing in America. From lamentations to celebrations, the poems of Langston Hughes, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Gwendolyn Brooks, among others, reveal the juxtaposing themes of resistance and reconciliation, hope and despair. The eminent scholar Catherine Clinton and prize-winning artist Stephen Alcorn create a stirring tribute to these great poets.
Catherine Clinton earned her undergraduate degree in African American Studies from Harvard and her Ph.D. from Princeton. She is the author of ten books and has taught African American studies. Dr. Clinton lives in Austin, Texas. Stephen Alcorn is an acclaimed painter and printmaker who has created artwork for anthologies. He lives in...
Title:I, Too, Sing America: Three Centuries Of African American PoetryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 11.5 × 8.5 × 0.39 inPublished:January 3, 2017Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:054458256X

ISBN - 13:9780544582569


Editorial Reviews

A splendid, rattling good collection of African-American poetry. Represented are 25 poets (and 35 poems), some of whom are household names W.E.B. Du Bois, Maya Angelou, Rita Dove, Gwendolyn Brooks, Amiri Baraka, and Langston Hughes. There are examples of the influential Harlem Renaissance poets - Angelina Weld Grimk, Georgia Douglas Johnson, Jean Toomer, for example - and the first known poem composed by an African-American, Lucy Terry's ``Bars Fight.'' The brimming anger of James M. Whitfield comes through, along with the injustice of lines that had to be transcribed by others because African-Americans were denied by law the right to put poetry to paper. Clinton includes short biographical sketches and critical snippets on every poet, and these only further the impact of the tragic, warm, sad, and ferocious voices of great presence that survived beyond all odds. Alcorn's elegant illustrations have an expressiveness that honors the words. Kirkus Reviews