Saturday, January 18, 2020

A checklist of poetry volumes on black historical figures

What follows is a partial list of poetry volumes focused on various historical figures. 

Jean-Michel Basquiat
2001: To Repel Ghosts: Five Shades in B Minor by Kevin Young
2005: To Repel Ghosts: The Remix by Kevin Young

E.J. Bellocq's photographic subjects
2002:Bellocq's Ophelia by Natasha Trethewey

George Polgreen Bridgetower
2009: Sonata Mulattica: Poems by Rita Dove

George Washington Carver
2001: Carver by Marilyn Nelson

MacNolia Cox
2004: M-A-C-N-O-L-I-A by A. Van Jordan

Prudence Crandall students 
2007: Miss Crandall's School for Young Ladies & Little Misses of Color by Elizabeth Alexander and Marilyn Nelson

Fortune’s Bones: The Manumission Requiem by Marilyn Nelson

Fannie Lou Hamer
2015: chop: a collection of kwansabas for fannie lou hamer by Treasure Shields Redmond

Donny Hathaway
2009: Cooling Board: A Long Playing Poem by Mitchell L. H. Douglas

Jack Johnson
2013: The Big Smoke by Adrian Matejka

Huddie "Leadbelly" Ledbetter
2005: Leadbelly by Tyehimba Jess

Issac Murphy2010: Issac Murphy I Dedicate This Ride by Frank X. Walker

Nina Simone

Venture Smith
2008: The Freedom Business: Including A Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Venture, a Native of Africa by Marilyn Nelson

Emmett Till
2005: A Wreath for Emmett Till by Marilyn Nelson

Harriet Tubman
2004: They Shall Run: Harriet Tubman Poems by Quraysh A. Lansana

2004: Buffalo Dance: The Journey of York by Frank X. Walker
2008: When Winter Come: The Ascension of York by Frank X. Walker

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