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Celebrating Black Poets

Read Black poets who have impacted readers around the world, including beloved writers like Alice Walker and Langston Hughes and contemporary favorites like Amanda Gorman and Robin Coste Lewis.

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    Black Girl, Call Home Book Cover Picture

    Black Girl, Call Home

    by Jasmine Mans

    From spoken word poet Jasmine Mans comes an unforgettable poetry collection about race, feminism, and queer identity. With echoes of Gwendolyn Brooks and Sonia Sanchez, Mans writes to call herself—and us—home. Each poem explores what it means to be a daughter of Newark, and America—and the painful, joyous path to adulthood as a young, queer Black woman.
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    Black Girl, Call Home Book Cover Picture

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    Finna

    by Nate Marshall

    These poems consider the brevity and disposability of Black lives and other oppressed people in our current era of emboldened white supremacy, and the use of the Black vernacular in America’s vast reserve of racial and gendered epithets. Finna explores the erasure of peoples in the American narrative; asks how gendered language can provoke violence; and finally, how the Black vernacular, expands our notions of possibility, giving us a new language of hope.
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    $17.00

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    The Hill We Climb

    by Amanda Gorman

    On January 20, 2021, Amanda Gorman became the sixth and youngest poet to deliver a poetry reading at a presidential inauguration. Taking the stage after the 46th president of the United States, Joe Biden, Gorman captivated the nation and brought hope to viewers around the globe.
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    The Hill We Climb Book Cover Picture

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    $15.99

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    Brown Girl Dreaming

    by Jacqueline Woodson

    Jacqueline Woodson’s National Book Award and Newbery Honor winner, Brown Girl Dreaming is a powerful memoir that tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse.
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    Brown Girl Dreaming Book Cover Picture

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    $10.99

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    Celebrations

    by Maya Angelou

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    Celebrations Book Cover Picture

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    $18.00

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    Shake Loose My Skin

    by Sonia Sanchez

    Sonia Sanchez, a leading writer of the Black Arts Movement and the American Poetry Society’s 2018 Wallace Stevens Award–winner, shares an extraordinary retrospective covering over thirty years of her work.
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    Shake Loose My Skin Book Cover Picture

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    $16.00

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    bone

    by Yrsa Daley-Ward

    From navigating the oft competing worlds of religion and desire, to balancing society’s expectations with the raw experience of being a woman in the world; from detailing the experiences of growing up as a first generation black British woman, to working through situations of dependence and abuse; from finding solace in the echoing caverns of depression and loss, to exploring the vulnerability and redemption in falling in love, each of the raw and immediate poems in Daley-Ward’s bone resonates to the core of what it means to be human.
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    Brown

    by Kevin Young

    The prize-winning author of Blue Laws meditates on all things “brown” in this powerful collection. A testament to Young’s own–and our collective–experience, Brown offers beautiful, sustained harmonies from a poet whose wisdom deepens with time.
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    $18.00

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    Selected Poems

    by Rita Dove

    Here in one volume is a selection of the extraordinary poems of Rita Dove, who, as the nation’s Poet Laureate from 1993 to 1995, brought poetry into the lives of millions of people. Along with a new introduction and poem, Selected Poems comprises Dove’s collections The Yellow House on the Corner, which includes a group of poems devoted to the themes of slavery and freedom; Museum, intimate ruminations on home and the world; and finally, Thomas and Beulah, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1987, a verse cycle loosely based on her grandparents’ lives.
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    Selected Poems Book Cover Picture

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    $15.00

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    The Weary Blues

    by Langston Hughes

    Nearly ninety years after its first publication, this celebratory edition of The Weary Blues reminds us of the stunning achievement of Langston Hughes, who was just twenty-four at its first appearance.
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    The Weary Blues Book Cover Picture

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    $26.95

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    Absolute Trust in the Goodness of the Earth

    by Alice Walker

    The forces of nature and the strength of the human spirit inspire the poems in Absolute Trust in the Goodness of the Earth. Alice Walker opens us to feeling and understanding, with poems that cover a broad spectrum of emotions. With profound artistry, Walker searches for, discovers, and declares the fundamental beauty of existence, as she explores what it means to experience life fully, to learn from it, and to grow both as an individual and as part of a greater spiritual community.
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    $17.00

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    The Essential Gwendolyn Brooks

    by Gwendolyn Brooks

    Starting with A Street in Bronzeville (1945), her epoch-making debut volume, The Essential Gwendolyn Brooks traces the full arc of her career in all its ambitious scope and unexpected stylistic shifts.
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    $20.00

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    God’s Trombones

    by James Weldon Johnson

    James Weldon Johnson was a leading figure of the Harlem Renaissance, and one of the most revered African Americans of all time, whose life demonstrated the full spectrum of struggle and success. In God’s Trombones, one of his most celebrated works, inspirational sermons of African American preachers are reimagined as poetry, reverberating with the musicality and splendid eloquence of the spirituals.
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    $15.00

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    Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth

    by Warsan Shire

    What elevates teaching my mother how to give birth, what gives the poems their disturbing brilliance, is Warsan Shire’s ability to give simple, beautiful eloquence to the veiled world where sensuality lives in the dominant narrative of Islam; reclaiming the more nuanced truths of earlier times – as in Tayeb Salih’s work – and translating to the realm of lyric the work of the likes of Nawal El Saadawi. As Rumi said, “Love will find its way through all languages on its own”; in teaching my mother how to give birth, Warsan’s début pamphlet, we witness the unearthing of a poet who finds her way through all preconceptions to strike the heart directly.
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    American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin

    by Terrance Hayes

    A powerful, timely, dazzling collection of sonnets from one of America’s most acclaimed poets, Terrance Hayes, the National Book Award winning author of Lighthead.
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    American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin Book Cover Picture

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    $18.00

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    Voyage of the Sable Venus

    by Robin Coste Lewis

    Robin Coste Lewis’s National Book Award-winning debut poetry collection is a meditation on the black female figure through time.
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    Voyage of the Sable Venus Book Cover Picture

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    $19.95

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    Complete Writings

    by Phillis Wheatley

    Read the extraordinary writings of Phillis Wheatley, sold into slavery who became a published poet.
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    Complete Writings Book Cover Picture

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    Lighthead

    by Terrance Hayes

    With one foot firmly grounded in the everyday and the other hovering in the air, Terrance Hayes’ poems braid dream and reality into a poetry that is both dark and buoyant. Cultural icons as diverse as Fela Kuti, Harriet Tubman, and Wallace Stevens appear with meditations on desire and history. We see Hayes testing the line between story and song in a series of stunning poems inspired by the Pecha Kucha, a Japanese presenta­tion format. This innovative collection presents the light-headedness of a mind trying to pull against gravity and time. Fueled by an imagination that enlightens, delights, and ignites, Lighthead leaves us illuminated and scorched.
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    $19.00

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    Morning Haiku

    by Sonia Sanchez

    Sonia Sanchez’s collection of haiku celebrates the gifts of life and mourns the deaths of revered African American figures in the worlds of music, literature, art, and activism. Often arranged in strings of twelve or more, the haiku flow one into the other in a steady song of commemoration. Sometimes deceptively simple, her lyrics hold a very powerful load of emotion and meaning.
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    $14.00

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