Eugene B. Redmond's Drumvoices: The Mission of Afro-American Poetry was the most important study for me early on when I began studying black arts poetry. However, over the years, I came across several essays and book-length studies that were quite helpful.
Here's a select list of books that assisted me in expanding my thinking on the subjects of the movement and black arts poetry.
Afro-Blue: Improvisations in African American Poetry and Culture By Tony Bolden.
Wrestling with the Muse: Dudley Randall and the Broadside Press By Melba Boyd.
"After Mecca:" Women Poets and the Black Arts Movement By Cheryl Clarke.
New Thoughts on the Black Arts Movement edited by Lisa Gail Collins and Margo Natalie Crawford.
Index to Black American Literary Anthologies edited by Jessamine S. Kallenbach.
Black Chant by Aldon Nielsen.
The Roots of Afrocentric Thought: A Reference Guide to Negro Digest/Black World, 1961-1976. Edited by Clovis E. Semmes.
The Black Arts Movement By James Smethurst.
On the Walls and in the Streets: American Poetry Broadsides from the 1960s By James D. Sullivan.
Extraordinary Measures: Afrocentric Modernism and 20th-Century American Poetry By Lorenzo Thomas.
This entry is part of a series--30 Days of Black Arts Poetry.