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I Am the Darker Brother: An Anthology of Modern Poems by African Americans

by Arnold Adoff (Editor)

Other authors: Charlemae Rollins (Foreword)

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Poems on aspects of race or racial problems by well-known Negro poets, including Countee Cullen, Richard Wright, Leroi Jones, Langston Hughes, and James Weldon Johnson.
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Nearly 30 years after poet and anthologist Adoff first published his classic core collection of black poetry, this new edition has been expanded to include 21 additional poets, 10 of them women. In a celebratory afterword, Adoff remembers how he collected those first poems into a book in 1968 so that he could present to his students, of all racial and ethnic backgrounds, "the complete vision of an American literature." Many of us can still remember the excitement of reading that original anthology, of discovering those distinct, powerful voices so long left out of the American canon. The arrangement here is still by theme, with the new poems echoing, arguing with, connecting, and extending the core. There are eloquent introductions by critic Rudine Sims Bishop and poet Nikki Giovanni and notes at the back on the poems as well as brief biographies of the poets. A must purchase. Category: Older Readers. 1997, Simon & Schuster, $16 and $4.99. Gr. 7 and up.

Hazel Rochman (Booklist, February 15, 1997 (Vol. 93, No. 12))
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