Sunday, March 2, 2014

15 poems & 15 volumes of poetry about black men

I've been following the coverage concerning President Barack Obama's recent announcement of the "My Brother's Keeper Imitative." White House staff, foundations, and organizers will compile statistical information about black men and projects that best assist with their efforts. I'll keep an eye on the developments. 

In the meantime, I'll continue doing the work that I do related to black collegiate men, and I'll further my compilations of poems and poetry volumes that might enliven the educational and imaginative possibilities of the guys who enroll in my courses.

15 poems by or about black men
• "The RhythmBlues" by Amiri Baraka
• "We Real Cool" by Gwendolyn Brooks
• "wishes for sons" by Lucille Clifton
• "Drummer Boy" by Vievee Francis
• "Frederick Douglass" by Robert Hayden
• "Those Winter Sundays" by Robert Hayden
• "The Whipping" by Robert Hayden
• "Bad Man" by Langston Hughes
• "Sonnet to a Negro in Harlem" By Helene Johnson
• "I Sing of Shine" by Etheridge Knight 
• "Hard Rock Returns to Prison From  the Hospital for the Criminal Insane" by Etheridge Knight
• "If We Must Die" by Claude McKay
• "Frederick Douglass and the Slave Breaker" by Dudley Randall
• "Flight to Canada" by Ishmael Reed 
• "Bad-Man Stagolee" by Margaret Walker 

15 volumes of poetry containing poems about black men that we've covered in classes
Brutal Imagination (2001) by Cornelius Eady
Carver (2001) by Marilyn Nelson
The Subsequent Blues (2004) by Gary Copeland Lilley
Buffalo Dance (2004) by Frank X. Walker
Leadbelly (2005) by Tyehimba Jess
When Winter Come (2008) by Frank X. Walker
Shahid Reads His Own Palm (2010) by Reginald D. Betts
Lighthead (2010) by Terrance Hayes
Up Jump the Boogie (2010) by John Murillo
Ardency (2011) by Kevin Young
The Big Smoke (2013) by Adrian Matejka
Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers (2013) by Frank X. Walker
Autogeography (2013) by Reginald Harris
Loose Change (2013) by James E. Cherry
Dear Hero (2013) by Jason McCall

25 poems by or about black men  

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