Saturday, September 1, 2012

30 Days of Black Arts Artifacts

At some point, several years ago when I began researching the black arts era, I started developing a scrapbook and collecting old, out-of-print books related to African American poetry of the 1960s and 1970s. The multiple illustrations and photographs showcasing distinct black aesthetics on literary products of the era captured my attention and imagination.

Below, I've highlighted several different literary artifacts or items related to black poetry of the 1960s and 1970s. This series complements my 30 Days of Black Arts Poetry entries from a year ago, which I produced as a lead-up to the publication of my book The Black Arts Enterprise. Among other objectives, I'm hoping my writings here will enrich views of the Black Arts Movement and assist in encouraging more considerations of modern African American print culture.

Item 1: The Drama Review Special Issue on Black Theatre
Item 2: The Journal of Black Poetry
Item 3: Nikki Giovanni's ego-tripping and other poems for young people
Item 4: Negro Digest features Richard Wright on the cover (Jan. 1968)
Item 5: Eugene B. Redmond's Drumvoices 
Item 6: Stephen Henderson's Understanding the New Black Poetry
Item 7: Black World featuring Gwendolyn Brooks on the cover (Sept. 1972) 
Item 8: Black Spirits poetry anthology 
Item 9: The Black Woman edited by Toni Cade
Item 10: The Black Book
Item 11: Black Magic Poetry, 1961-1967
Item 12: Dark Symphony
Item 13: The Black Poets
Item 14: Back cover photograph featuring LeRoi Jones 
Item 15: The Black 70s
Item 16: think black!
Item 17: Broadside Press catalog
Item 18: Ebony magazine: The Black Revolution special issue
Item 19: Ebony mag: Table of Contents to Black Revolution special issue
Item 20: Black Voices: An Anthology of Afro-American Literature
Item 21: New Black Voices: An Anthology of Contemporary Afro-American Literature 
Item 22: Black Fire: An Anthology of Afro-American Writing
Item 23: The back cover of Black Fire
Item 24: I am the Darker Brother (anthology)
Item 25: Play Ebony Play Ivory by Henry Dumas
Item 26: The back cover of Play Ebony Play Ivory by Henry Dumas
Item 27: Truth Is on Its Way by Nikki Giovanni
Item 28: Early Black American Poets (anthology)
Item 29: The back cover of The Black Woman
Item 30: Hey Fella Would You Mind Holding This Piano a Moment

A Notebook on the Black Arts Era

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