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Solely now, within the 21st century, can we totally grasp the breadth and vary of African American poetry: an impressive refrain of voices, some acquainted, others lately rescued from neglect. Right here, on this unprecedented anthology expertly chosen by poet and scholar Kevin Younger, this treasured residing heritage is revealed in all its energy, magnificence, and multiplicity. Uncover, in these pages, how an enslaved particular person like Phillis Wheatley confronted her authorized standing in verse and the way an antebellum activist like Frances Ellen Watkins Harper voiced her personal passionate resistance to slavery. Learn nuanced, provocative poetic meditations on id and self-assertion stretching from Paul Laurence Dunbar to Amiri Baraka to Lucille Clifton and past. Expertise the transformation of poetic modernism within the works of figures akin to Langston Hughes, Fenton Johnson, and Jean Toomer. Perceive the threads of poetic history–in actions such because the Harlem and Chicago Renaissances, Black Arts, Cave Canem, the Darkish Room Collective–and the complicated bonds of solidarity and dialogue amongst poets throughout time and place. See how these poets have celebrated their African heritage and have related with different communities within the African Diaspora. Benefit from the assorted however distinctly Black music of a convention that pulls deeply from jazz, hip hop, and the rhythms and cadences of the pulpit, the barbershop, and the road. And recognize, within the anthology’s concluding sections, why up to date African American poetry, amply acknowledged in latest Nationwide Guide Awards and Poet Laureates, is flourishing as by no means earlier than. Taking the measure of the custom in a single indispensable quantity, African American Poetry: 250 Years of Wrestle and Music units a brand new commonplace for a genuinely deep engagement with Black poetry and its important expression of American genius.