Here's a checklist of some other volumes published that year:
• Ascent: Poems by Doris DavenportFinney appeared on the the cover of Poets & Writers. Later, she was awarded the National Book Award for Head Off & Split. Sonia Sanchez was appointed Poet Laureate of Philadelphia. (In 2012, Smith's 2011 volume was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry). In 2011, Barack and Michelle Obama hosted a poetry reading at the White House, with Rita Dove, Jill Scott, Common, and others giving readings.
• The Undertaker’s Daughter by Toi Derricotte
• Bringing the Shovel Down by Ross Gay
• Mule & Pear by Rachel Eliza Griffiths
• Head Off & Split by Nikky Finney
• Negro League Baseball by Harmony Holiday
• The Chameleon Couch: Poems by Yusef Komunyakaa
• Silver by Jason McCall
• Double Shadow: Poems by Carl Phillips
• Red Clay Weather by Reginald Shepherd
• the new black by Evie Shockley
• Life on Mars by Tracy K. Smith
• The Armageddon of Funk by Michael Warr
• Ardency by Kevin Young
Three scholarly works, that I know of, on black poetry appeared in 2011: Meta DuEwa Jones's The Muse is Music: Jazz Poetry from the Harlem Renaissance to Spoken Word, Evie Shockley's Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry, and my book The Black Arts Enterprise and the Production of African American Poetry.
I recall that Young's volume Ardency received fairly extensive coverage, in ways that was uncommon for black poetry. Thanks to the coverage on Finney and others, 2011 became the first time that I began documenting the year in black poetry.
• A notebook on Nikky Finney for Spring 2020
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