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The Black Poets is a definitive anthology of Black American poetry from the slave songs through the poems of the 1960s. Editor Dudley Randall presents the full range of Black poetry-early folk verses and the full sweep of the rich literary poetic tradition that arose from it. It is a comprehensive anthology, but just as importantly, Randall's selections provide in-depth representations of the work of each of the individual featured poets, and in some cases illuminates aspects of a poet that have been neglected or overlooked in the past.
Introduction by Dudley Randall • FOLK POETRY: 1. Folk Seculars • 2. Spirituals • II. LITERARY POETRY: 3. The Forerunners: Lucy Terry; Phillis Wheatley; Frances E. W. Harper; James Weldon Johnson; Paul Laurence Dunbar • 4. Harlem Renaissance: Claude McKay; Jean Toomer; Frank Horne; Langston Hughes; Arna Bontemps; Countee Cullen • 5. Post-Renaissance: Sterling A. Brown; Melvin B. Tolson; Frank Marshall Davis; Robert Hayden; Dudley Randall; Margaret Danner; Margaret Walker; Ray Durem; Gwendolyn Brooks • 6. The Nineteen Sixties: Mari Evans; James Emanuel; Naomi Madgett; Conrad Kent Rivers; Etheridge Knight; Imamu Amiri Baraka; A. B. Spellman; Johari Amini; Sonia Sanchez; June Jordan; Lucille Clifton; James W. Thompson; John Raven; Carolyn M. Rodgers; Larry Neal; James A. Randall, Jr.; Welton Smith; Ishmael Reed; Michael Harper; Yusef Iman; Don L. Lee • Doughtry Long; Everett Hoagland; Nikki Giovanni; Stephany • Publishers of Black Poetry • Periodicals Publishing Black Poetry • Phonograph Records • Tapes • Video Tapes • Films