Every Goodbye Ain't Gone: An Anthology of Innovative Poetry by African Americans (Modern & Contemporary Poetics)

By Lauri Ramey

Showcases fantastic and experimental paintings in African American poetry.
 
Just sooner than the second one global battle, or even extra explosively within the Fifties and Nineteen Sixties, a far-reaching revolution in aesthetics and prosody through black poets ensued, a few operating independently and others in geared up teams. Little of this new paintings was once mirrored within the anthologies and syllabi of school English classes of the interval. Even throughout the Seventies, whilst African American literature started to obtain giant severe consciousness, the paintings of many experimental black poets endured to be neglected.

each so long Ain’t Gone
provides the groundbreaking paintings of lots of those poets who carried at the cutting edge legacies of Melvin Tolson, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Robert Hayden. while poetry via such key figures akin to Amiri Baraka, Tolson, Jayne Cortez, Clarence significant, and June Jordan is represented, this anthology additionally elevates into view the paintings of much less studied poets corresponding to  Russell Atkins, Jodi Braxton, David Henderson, Bob Kaufman, Stephen Jonas, and Elouise Loftin. some of the poems amassed within the quantity are at present unavailable and a few will look in print the following for the 1st time.
Coeditors Aldon Lynn Nielsen and Lauri Ramey offer a severe advent that situates the poems traditionally and highlights the methods such poetry has been obscured from view through fresh severe and educational practices. the result's a list of experimentation, instigation, and innovation that hyperlinks modern African American poetry to its black modernist roots and extends the phrases of recent poetics into the future.
                   

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