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The Essential Etheridge Knight

by Etheridge Knight

Publication Year: 1986

The Essential Etheridge Knight is a selection of the best work by one of the country's most prominent and liveliest poets It brings together poems from Knight's previously published books and a section of new poems.

Published by: University of Pittsburgh Press

Cover

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p. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 2-7

CONTENTS

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pp. 8-13

GENESIS

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pp. 3-6

1

HARD ROCK RETURNS TO PRISON FROM THE HOSPITAL FOR THE CRIMINAL INSANE

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pp. 9-19

CELL SONG

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pp. 10-11

HE SEES THROUGH STONE

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pp. 12-13

THE IDEA OF ANCESTRY

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pp. 14-24

ON THE YARD

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pp. 14-25

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A WASP WOMAN VISITSA BLACK JUNKIE IN PRISON

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pp. 15-16

The thrust broke the dam, and their lines wiggled in the water. ...

HAIKU

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pp. 17-18

FOR FRECKLE-FACED GERALD

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pp. 19-30

THE WARDEN SAID TO ME THE OTHER DAY

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pp. 20-31

MY LIFE, THE QUALITY OF WHICH

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pp. 21-32

A POEM FOR BLACK RELOCATION CENTERS

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pp. 22-33

2

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pp. 23-35

YOU ARE

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pp. 25-36

THE VIOLENT SPACE

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pp. 26-27

A POEM FOR A CERTAIN LADY ON HER 33rd BIRTHDAY

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pp. 28-39

THE STRETCHING OF THE BELLY

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pp. 29-40

AS YOU LEAVE ME

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pp. 30-41

NO MOON FLOODS THE MEMORY OF THAT NIGHT

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pp. 31-42

UPON YOUR LEAVING

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pp. 32-33

FEELING FUCKED UP

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pp. 34-45

INDIANA HAIKU-2

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pp. 35-46

FOR LANGSTON HUGHES

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pp. 36-47

WELCOME BACK, MR. KNIGHT: LOVE OF MY LIFE

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pp. 37-38

ANOTHER POEM FOR ME

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pp. 39-50

THE BONES OF MY FATHER

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pp. 40-41

EVOLUTIONARY POEM NO. 1

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pp. 42-53

3

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pp. 43-55

A POEM FOR MYSELF

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pp. 45-56

REPORT TO THE MOTHER

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pp. 46-57

THE SUN CAME

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pp. 47-58

IT WAS A FUNKY DEAL

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pp. 48-59

DARK PROPHECY: I SING OF SHINE

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pp. 49-60

FOR MALCOLM, A YEAR AFTER

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pp. 50-61

A POEM OF ATTRITION

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pp. 51-62

FOR BLACK POETS WHO THINK OF SUICIDE

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pp. 52-63

FOR MARY ELLEN McANALLY

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pp. 53-64

THE KEEPING OF A PROMISE

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pp. 54-65

ILU, THE TALKING DRUM

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pp. 55-56

POEM FOR THE LIBERATION OF SOUTHERN AFRICA

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pp. 57-58

TELEVISION SPEAKS

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pp. 59-70

ON WATCHING POLITICIANS PERFORM AT MARTIN LUTHER KING'S FUNERAL

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pp. 60-71

4

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pp. 61-73

A FABLE

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pp. 63-74

MEMO

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pp. 64-65

PORTRAIT OF MARY

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pp. 66-77

MY UNCLE IS MY HONOR AND A GUEST IN MY HOUSE

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pp. 67-68

I AND YOUR EYES

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pp. 69-80

ON THE BIRTH OF A BLACK I BABY I BOY

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pp. 70-71

BIRTHDAY POEM

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pp. 72-83

COP-OUT SESSION

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pp. 73-84

A POEM TO GALWAY KINNELL

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pp. 74-75

MISSOURI HAIKU

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pp. 76-87

INDIANA HAIKU

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pp. 77-88

WE FREE SINGERS BE

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pp. 78-90

TALKING IN THE WOODS WITH KARL AMORELLI

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pp. 80-81

BOSTON 5:00 A.M.-10/74

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pp. 82-93

A POEM ON THE MIDDLE EAST "PEACE PROCESS"

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pp. 83-94

HAIKU 1

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pp. 84-95

AND TELL ME POET, CAN LOVE EXIST IN SLAVERY?

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pp. 85-96

GREEN GRASS AND YELLOW BALLOONS

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pp. 86-87

BELLY SONG

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pp. 88-91

APOLOGY FOR APOSTASY?

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pp. 92-103

CON/TIN/U/WAY/SHUN BLUES

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pp. 93-94

5

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pp. 95-107

ON SEEING THE BLACK MALEAS # 1 SEX OBJECT IN AMERICA

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pp. 97-108

LAST WORDS BY "SLICK"

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pp. 98-109

HAIKU

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pp. 99-101

GENESIS 11

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pp. 102-113

EAT HELEN B HAPPY

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pp. 103-114

VARIOUS PROTESTATIONS FROM VARIOUS PEOPLE

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pp. 104-115

AT A VA HOSPITAL IN THE MIDDLE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: AN ACT IN A PLAY

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pp. 105-107

ON THE PROJECTS PLAYGROUND

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pp. 108-119

CIRCLING THE DAUGHTER

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pp. 109-120

FOR A BROOKLINE LADY I LOVE

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pp. 110-121

ONCE ON A NIGHT IN THE DELTA: A REPORT FROM HELL

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pp. 111-122

A BLACK POET LEAPS TO HIS DEATH

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pp. 112-113

REHABILITATION & TREATMENT IN THE PRISONS OF AMERICA

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pp. 114-125

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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pp. 126-127

Born in rural Mississippi in 1931, Etheridge Knight received little formal education. He served as an army-trained medical technician during the Korean War and was badly wounded. Later convicted of armed robbery, he spent six years in prison. "I died in Korea from a shrapnel wound," he wrote, "and narcotics resurrected me. I died in ...


E-ISBN-13: 9780822991090
E-ISBN-10: 0822991098
Print-ISBN-13: 9780822953784
Print-ISBN-10: 0822953781

Page Count: 128
Publication Year: 1986

Series Title: Pitt Poetry Series
Series Editor Byline: Ed Ochester

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