Saturday, January 14, 2017
Memorable black poetry collection: Arnold Adoff's I Am the Darker Brother
The other day, William J. Harris was mentioning Arnold Adoff's important anthology The Poetry of Black America: Anthology of the 20th Century (1973). It was a work that was really useful for the research and writing that I did on anthologies of the Black Arts era.
Harris's mention prompted me to think on Adoff's collection I Am the Darker Brother: An Anthology of Modern Poems by Negro Americans (1968). I stumbled across the book many, many years ago as a child. It was one of the many works that my parents had in their collection of books. (I've written about Adoff's book a few years back).
I Am the Darker Brother was more than the first anthology by Adoff that I came across; it was in fact the first anthology of black poetry I ever encountered. Back then, I had no idea clear conception of an anthology, of Black Arts poetry, and the like.
• How Arnold Adoff helped nurture an early interest in black poetry (2013)
• I am the Darker Brother (anthology) (2012)
• 30 Anthologies featuring Black Poetry, 1968-1975
• Black Arts era