The Black Poets by Dudley RandallThe Black Poets by Dudley Randall

The Black Poets

byDudley Randall

Mass Market Paperback | April 1, 1985

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"The claim of The Black Poets  to being... an anthology is that it  presents the full range of Black-American poetry,  from the slave songs to the present day. It is  important that folk poetry be included because it is  the root and inspiration of later, literary  poetry. Not only does this book present the full range  of Black poetry, but it presents most poets in  depths, and in some cases presents aspects of a poet  neglected or overlooked before. Gwendolyn Brooks  is represented not only by poems on racial and  domestic themes, but is revealed as a writer of  superb love lyrics. Tuming away from White models and  retuming to their roots has freed Black poets to  create a new poetry. This book records their  progress."--from the Introduction by Dudley  Randall
Dudley Randall (1914–2000) was the director of Broadside Press and a visiting professor of African American poetry at the University of Michigan. He was the editor of The Black Poets.
Title:The Black PoetsFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 6.86 × 4.17 × 0.85 inPublished:April 1, 1985Publisher:Random House Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0553275631

ISBN - 13:9780553275636


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredibly influential anthology! I found this book at a garage sale and it has become by a literary bible of sorts for me. I recently bought a second copy to gift to a dear, activist/artist/policy maker fried. Strong points: Dudley Randall organized the collection of poems in a way that acknowledges the experiences of black peoples on the North American continent as fragmented but by no means incomplete. He begins with negro spirituals and songs which I believe gives power to African American histories as it reminds me that if black people were not enslaved during this time(16-1800's) they too would have written books of poetry and such. Instead they sang because that was what they had. He also included a strong balance of male and female writers, avoiding to tell the his/herstories of black poets from one gender perspective. I only wish the book also included into poets outside of the United States and that the anthology was updated to include present day poets!
Date published: 2015-01-05

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Covers black American poetry from the slave songs through the 1960's.