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Every goodbye ain't gone : an anthology of innovative poetry by African Americans

Every goodbye ain't gone : an anthology of innovative poetry by African Americans / edited by Aldon Lynn Nielsen and Lauri Ramey.
  • Tuscaloosa, Ala. : University of Alabama Press, [2006]
  • ©2006

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  • Nielsen, Aldon Lynn
  • Scheyer, Lauri
305 pages : illustrations; 24 cm
Just prior to the Second World War, and even more explosively in the 1950s and 1960s, a far-reaching revolution in aesthetics and prosody by black poets ensued, some working independently and others in organized groups. Little of this new work was reflected in the anthologies and syllabi of college English courses of the period. Even during the 1970s, when African American literature began to receive substantial critical attention, the work of many experimental black poets continued to be neglected. "Every Goodbye Ain't Gone" presents the groundbreaking work of many of these poets who carried on the innovative legacies of Melvin Tolson, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Robert Hayden. Whereas poetry by key figures such as Amirt Baraka, Tolson, Jayne Cortez, Clarence Major, and June Jordan is represented, this anthology also elevates into view the work of less studied poets such as Russell Atkins, Jodi Braxton, David Henderson, Bob Kaufman, Stephen Jonas, and Elouise Loftin. Many of the poems collected in the volume are currently unavailable and some will appear in print here for the first time. Coeditors Aldon Lynn Nielsen and Lauri Ramey provide a critical introduction that situates the poems historically and highlights the ways such poetry has been obscured from view by recent critical and academic practices. The result is a record of experimentation, instigation, and innovation that links contemporary African American poetry to its black modernist roots and extends the terms of modern poetics into the future.
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Modern and contemporary poetics
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Modern and contemporary poetics.
I by you put on ; After MLK ; All the things of which there are none ; Umbra / Lloyd Addisonon -- There's not a friend like the lowly Jesus -- / William Anderson -- It's here in the probability and birds ; While waiting for a friend to come to visit a friend in a mental hospital -- Spyrytual ; Lines in recollection "the L L L" ; Furious'd garb ; Night and a distant church ; Christophe ; Irritable songs ; Narrative ; At night keep still ; Imaginary crimes in a real garden / Russell Atkins -- Biography ; The violence of the mind is the violence of God ; How people do ; The heavy ; Lefty ; Node ; The A, B, C's ; I investigate the sun ; Courageousness ; The city of new ark / Amiri Baraka -- Conversion / Joanne Braxton -- Lament ; Woo's People sting -a South Carolina ave. folk tale / Harold Carrington -- Her / Stephen Chambers -- Drying spit blues ; Under the edge of February ; Phraseology ; Indelible ; Opening act ; Into this time / Jayne Cortez -- I swear to you, that ship never sunk in middle-passage! ; Again the summoning ; In the early morning breeze / Lawrence S. Cumberbatch -- A lynching for Skip James -- Without shadow -- / Rudy Bee Graham -- A grandfather poem ; Practical concerns / William J. Harris -- A collage for Richard Davis-two short forms ; Formula for blue blues babies ; Yellow / De Leon Harrison -- Downtown-boy uptown ; Sketches of Harlem ; In Williams ; Lock City ; Blackman in the desecrated synagogue -Living in the last days / David Henderson -- Being exit in the world ; The wall ; Medicine man / Calvin Hernton -- "What we all" ; "Non-cognitive aspects of the city" / Joseph Jarman -- The overloaded horse / Ted Joans -- Round about midnight, opus #6 ; Lexington avenue express ; to paul robeson, opus no. 3 ; Dewey square, 1956 Blaupunkt / Percy Johnston -- For LeRoi Jones" ; Book V ; An ear injured by hearing things" ; Orgasm 0 -- A muddle ; A little magic ; lens ; "what you can see above" / Stephen Jonas -- All the world moved ; Toward a personal semantics ; San Juan ; Bus Window / June Jordan -- I have folded my sorrows ; East fifth street (N.Y.) ; Lorca ; Picasso's balcony ; Novels from a fragment in progress ; The celebrated white-cap spelling bee ; Oregon ; A terror is more certain ; Unhistorical events ; The biggest fisherman / Bob Kaufman -- The late lamented wind, burned in indignation ; / Crooty Songo -- A black lady ; What Sunni say ; bkln ; Barefoot necklace ; april ̀68 ; scabible / Elouise Loftin -- Changes one ; Changes five ; Changes eight / N.J. Loftis -- Paragraph from the English speaking world ; A petition for Langston Hughes ; Media on war ; Edge guide for impression ; News story ; A poem Americans are going to have to memorize soon ; Education by degrees ; Not this -- this here! ; Mortal roundness ; Pictures ; Water USA / Clarence Major -- Negotiation ; Graph / Leroy McLucas -- Why don't we rock the casket here in the moonlight? ; Dust of silence ; the remark ; formula for tragedy ; Washington square : August afternoon ; from Harlem : sidewalk icons ; The infant ; Tango ; The iconoclast's closet /r Oliver Pitcher -- Gertrude Stein rides the town down El ; I want a solid piece of sunlight and a yardstick to measure it with ; harmony / Tom Postell -- Magma ; Asalteris ; From where the blues? ; Metagnomy ; Gyre's Galax ; junt ; "We need" / Norman H. Pritchard -- Concert / Helen Quigless -- Paul Lawrence Dunbar in the tenderloin ; Dualism in Ralph Ellison's invisible man ; Badman of the guest professor ; Poetry makes rhythm in philosophy / Ishmael Reed -- news continued release ; poll ; Four lines of a black love letter between teachers ; On the calligraphy of black chant ; "it must be that in the midst" ; any moment (12/4/69 4:30 A.M. Chicago ; "american culture is the pot" / Ed Roberson -- the beautiful day, V ; john Coltrane ; the twist ; Blues : my baby's gone ; Did John's music kill him? ; The truth you carry is very dark ; Primus St. John ; All the way home ; Benign neglect/ West Point, Mississippi, 1970 ; The violence of pronoun ; Studying / A.B. Spellman -- Blue Texarkana / Glenn Stokes -- Scroll no. 1 ; Scroll no. 2 ; "Da" -- Choir ;/ Cecil Taylor -- Inauguration ; Embarkation for Cythera ; Song ; Twelve Gates ; The bathers ; Another poem in English / Lorenzo Thomas -- Dark laughter ; The chitterling king / Melvin B. Tolson -- Poem for Ernie Henry / Gloria Tropp -- first monday scottsboro Alabama ; Canto 7 ; vocal texts evoke ; fishes ; "gandhabba" #5 ; "croatan" ; Canto 10 ; p.w.t. / Tom Weatherly.
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Sc D 17-767
  • 9780817314965
  • 0817314962
  • 9780817352790
  • 0817352791
  • 60419447
  • 60419447
Every goodbye ain't gone : an anthology of innovative poetry by African Americans / edited by Aldon Lynn Nielsen and Lauri Ramey.
Tuscaloosa, Ala. : University of Alabama Press, [2006]
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Modern and contemporary poetics
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Scheyer, Lauri, editor.
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