Thursday, September 6, 2012

Stephen Henderson's Understanding the New Black Poetry

Part of what makes Stephen Henderson's Understanding the New Black Poetry: Black Speech and Black Music as Poetic References (1973) such an important anthology of the era was because seemed to be something more than just a collected body of poems. Henderson devotes considerable energies to illuminating black components of black poetry in the extended introduction of the work. Rarely do popular anthologies go to such lengths to situate the poets and poetry in distinct cultural or racial contexts. 

Related: 30 Days of Black Arts Artifacts
The Golden Age of Anthologies featuring Black Poetry 
30 Anthologies featuring Black Poetry, 1968-1975

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