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With 200,000 copies in print, this anthology has for decades been seen as a fundamental collection of African-American verse. Bontemps (1902-73), an important figure during and after the Harlem Renaissance, author of more than 25 novels, and longtime librarian at Fisk University, last revised this classic anthology just before his death, adding such crucial new voices as A With 200,000 copies in print, this anthology has for decades been seen as a fundamental collection of African-American verse. Bontemps (1902-73), an important figure during and after the Harlem Renaissance, author of more than 25 novels, and longtime librarian at Fisk University, last revised this classic anthology just before his death, adding such crucial new voices as Audre Lorde, Nikki Giovanni, and Bob Kaufman, among others. This edition, issued in 1996, reprints the poems in Bontemps's revised volume along with updated biographical notes. Nearly seventy poets are represented, their works indexed by both author and title.


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With 200,000 copies in print, this anthology has for decades been seen as a fundamental collection of African-American verse. Bontemps (1902-73), an important figure during and after the Harlem Renaissance, author of more than 25 novels, and longtime librarian at Fisk University, last revised this classic anthology just before his death, adding such crucial new voices as A With 200,000 copies in print, this anthology has for decades been seen as a fundamental collection of African-American verse. Bontemps (1902-73), an important figure during and after the Harlem Renaissance, author of more than 25 novels, and longtime librarian at Fisk University, last revised this classic anthology just before his death, adding such crucial new voices as Audre Lorde, Nikki Giovanni, and Bob Kaufman, among others. This edition, issued in 1996, reprints the poems in Bontemps's revised volume along with updated biographical notes. Nearly seventy poets are represented, their works indexed by both author and title.

30 review for American Negro Poetry

  1. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    While I wish some poems weren't so predictable, its the same wish I have for Caucasian heavy anthologies. I was glad to see some names I've never read, a few poems from names I've encountered before. Not my favorite, but better than most. While I wish some poems weren't so predictable, its the same wish I have for Caucasian heavy anthologies. I was glad to see some names I've never read, a few poems from names I've encountered before. Not my favorite, but better than most.

  2. 4 out of 5

    William

    A strong collection of poems. Now amazingly, more than 50 years old. This is a fine introduction to the early and mid-century poetry. Of course more recent voices are missing such as much of Rita Dove, Naasha Trethewey, Yusef Komunyakaa, Kevin Young and others.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    There's only one Audre Lorde poem so I can't say I would recommend this. There's only one Audre Lorde poem so I can't say I would recommend this.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Carhyne

    I don't really believe that this collection of poetry had a specific theme amongst them all but the most common theme I saw in a ,majority of them greatly exemplified how a relationship with God effects how you value life. This theme wasn't stated blatantly in any of the poems but you can tell because the poets say things relating their life to how much they go to church and how they think of life. I like this collection because it's from a time period that I really have a deep interest in. One I don't really believe that this collection of poetry had a specific theme amongst them all but the most common theme I saw in a ,majority of them greatly exemplified how a relationship with God effects how you value life. This theme wasn't stated blatantly in any of the poems but you can tell because the poets say things relating their life to how much they go to church and how they think of life. I like this collection because it's from a time period that I really have a deep interest in. One of my favorite poets from this collection is obviously Langston Hughes He has a very interesting way of writing his poems that I feel is unique to him.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    This book edited by Arna Bontemps covers Afircan-American poetry for about a 70 year period. I especially liked the works included by the Harlem Renaissance poets, particularly Waring Cuney, Frank Horne and Arna Bontemps. Langston Hughes is well represented in this book as well. Any lover of poetry should read this book! Although I have to retun this copy to the library, I am going to look around for a copy to purchase - this one is a keeper.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    this was everything i want from an anthology: i read new work from people i've never heard of but should know, and kept finding old favorites and loved ones as i went, as if i was at a dinner party i was lucky to attend. this was everything i want from an anthology: i read new work from people i've never heard of but should know, and kept finding old favorites and loved ones as i went, as if i was at a dinner party i was lucky to attend.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Priscilla

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