Saturday, September 29, 2012

The back-cover of Black Fire

The back-covers and inside descriptions of some black arts texts were fascinating in how they signaled the far-reaching interests of African American writers. In this case, the back-cover of the paperback edition of Black Fire (1968) announces that the anthology is "a naked indictment of American prejudice and a flaming prophecy of future turmoil." Leading poets of the black arts era were known for their militancy; apparently, even the covers of their books displayed fiery rhetoric as well.

30 Days of Black Arts Artifacts       
Black Fire: An Anthology of Afro-American Writing

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