More than seventy poets are represented in this innovative new anthology of African American poetry since the 1960s.This is not just another poetry anthology. It is a gathering of poems that demonstrate what happens when writers in a marginalized community collectively turn from dedicating their writing to political, social, and economic struggles, and instead devote themselves to the art of their poems and to the ideas they embody. These poets bear witness to the interior landscapes of their own individual selves or examine the private or personal worlds of invented personae and, therefore, of human beings living in our modern and postmodern worlds.
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Its 86 poets begin a bit farther back, with Gwendolyn Brooks, Robert Hayden, the polemical Black Arts Movement (Mari Evans: âI/ am a black woman/ tall as a cypress/ strongâ) and the sometimes more fruitful poets who stood outside or beside it during the 1970s.Dec 24 2012 | Read Full Review of Angles of Ascent: A Norton An...