"The claim of The Black Poets to being… an anthology is that it presents the full range of Black-American poetry, from the slave songs to the present day. It is important that folk poetry be included because it is the root and inspiration of later, literary poetry. Not only does this book present the full range of Black poetry, but it presents most poets in depths, and in some cases presents aspects of a poet neglected or overlooked before. Gwendolyn Brooks is represented not only by poems on racial and domestic themes, but is revealed as a writer of superb love lyrics. Tuming away from White models and retuming to their roots has freed Black poets to create a new poetry. This book records their progress."–from the Introduction by Dudley Randall
About Dudley Randall
Dudley Randall (1914–2000) was the director of Broadside Press and a visiting professor of African American poetry at the University of Michigan. He was the editor of The Black Poets.