Sunday, September 25, 2011

10 Essential Essays by Black Arts Era Poets

During the black arts era, poets - in addition to producing poems - established themselves as highly capable essayists. Their prose pieces circulated widely during the late 1960s and early 1970s.

The following 10 essays by poets were widely discussed or cited in black arts discourse.

“In Search of the Revolutionary Theater”* By Amiri Baraka

“The Changing Same (R&B and New Black Music)” By Amiri Baraka

“Tripping with Black Writing” By Sarah Webster Fabio

“Who Speaks Negro? Who is Black?”* By Sarah Webster Fabio

“Black Poems, Poseurs, and Power”* By Nikki Giovanni

The Black Arts Movement” By Larry Neal

“And Shine Swam On” (Afterword to Black Fire) By Larry Neal

“Ellison‘s Zoot Suit: Politics as Ritual”* By Larry Neal

"Black Poetry--Where It's At"* By Carolyn Rodgers

"In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens: The Creativity of Black Women in the South" By Alice Walker

*Connotes essays that appeared in Negro Digest / Black World.

This entry is part of a series--30 Days of Black Arts Poetry

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