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by Anthony Walton,Michael S. Harper

Every Shut Eye Ain't Asleep is a rich collection of the work of post-World War II African-American poets. It brings together the voices of the most important African-American poets of our time, beginning with the highly influential Robert Hayden and Gwendolyn Brooks, and covers an astonishing range of styles and techniques. This extraordinary body of poetry is the flowering of an artistic tradition established earlier in this century by Paul Laurence Dunbar, Countee Cullen, and Langston Hughes. The newer work comprises many different visions, ranging from the chiseled and layered modernism of Jay Wright to the plainspoken ferocity of Sonia Sanchez, from the dazzling witticisms of Ishmael Reed to the plangent lyricism of Rita Dove. Edited by the distinguished poet Michael Harper and his star student and colleague Anthony Walton, this notable collection of work will be the standard anthology in the field for years to come.
Download Every Shut Eye Ain't Asleep: An Anthology of Poetry by African Americans Since 1945 epub
ISBN: 0316347108
ISBN13: 978-0316347105
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Poetry
Author: Anthony Walton,Michael S. Harper
Language: English
Publisher: Back Bay Books (February 8, 1994)
Pages: 344 pages
ePUB size: 1389 kb
FB2 size: 1189 kb
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 955
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A superb collection of influential and inspirational poets, Every Shut Eye Ain't Asleep is a wonderful addition to any poetry enthusiast's library. Assembled by Michael S. Harper and Anthony Walton; this anthology of African-American penned poems features thought provoking and surprisingly emotionally pumping entries by post WWII writers Robert Hayden, Gwendolyn Brooks, Sonia Sanchez, Imamu Amiri Baraka, Lucille Clifton, Yusef Komunyakaa, Rita Dove, Elizabeth Alexander, and Harper himself to boot among others. Each author contributes a number of their poems, and among the hundred plus poems, there is not a single one that feels out of place or dated at all (Alexander's "Narrative: Ali", told in "12 rounds", is one of the best examples of poetry that I have ever come across). A required text for a class I'm currently taking, this is one of the few poetry books I've been assigned that I have actually enjoyed. Definitely worth owning for poetry enthusiasts, and worth checking out even for those who aren't.
This anthology is a beautiful collection of poems and authors that I fell in love with as I studied this text extensively in my African American Lit class. Of all the books I was tempted to resell after college I kept this one close to my heart. Interested in reading a collection of poetry by Black authors from the late 18th to early 21st centuries? Buy this anthology. You won't regret it.
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A collection of some of the greatest African-American poets. A wonderful synthesis of some of the most fantastic, most underestimated minds in society.
Excellent anthology of a wide variety of African American poetry. Not all the poets are well known, and I've had great pleasure discovering new voices and rediscovering well-known ones.