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African American History: African American Poets and Poetry
Poetry lovers of all ages will find something to enjoy in these collections of African American poetry.
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Title: Crave Radiance, New and Selected Poems, 1990-2012
Author: Alexander, Elizabeth, Alexander, Elizabeth
ISBN: 9781555975685
Call Number: 811 AL26C
Notes: "This first career retrospective gathers generous selections from Alexander's previous work, along with twenty pages of new poetry, including her poem "Praise Song for the Day," delivered at Barack Obama's Presidential Inauguration

 
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Title: \blak\ \al-Fe Bet\
Author: Douglas, Mitchell L. H.
ISBN: 9780892554218
Call Number: 811 D
Notes: "Winner of the 2011 Lexi Rudnitsky Editor's Choice Award."

 
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Title: Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry
Author: Dungy, Camille (editor)
ISBN: 9780820334318
Call Number: 808.8193 B561n
Notes: This anthology features major writers as well as new talents and covers the time period from slavery and Reconstruction to the early 21st century.

 
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Title: Black Crow Dress
Author: Johnson, Roxane Beth
ISBN: 9781882295951
Call Number: 811 J6365B
Notes: "A haunting collection of lyrically-intense persona poems, Black Crow Dress is at once about the emancipation of slaves in their myriad voices as well as a meditation on the self. The collection's lush imagery takes us from church yard to church, chanting the old spirituals, as Johnson seeks to embody the spirits of the dead: Clea, Caroline, and Zebedee"