Cover

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Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. i-iv

Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Acknowledgments

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pp. vii-viii

My first debt is to the National Endowment for the Humanities, whose fellowship (1980-81) aided in launching this project. The work has been endowed by the friendly cooperation and...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-10

A new poetry, strong and true, has been developing in this country. Energized by the constant quest in the Black community for emancipation and leadership, this poetry shares idealistic strains with...

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1. Gwendolyn Brooks: Humanism and Heroism

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pp. 11-40

In September 1971 Gwendolyn Brooks, appointed Distinguished Professor in the Arts by the City College of New York, commuted weekly from her home in Chicago to teach two poetry workshops. I recall her entering the...

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2. Dudley Randall: The Poet as Humanist

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pp. 41-84

"I never thought of myself as a leader," says Dudley Randall in his soft, vibrant voice.1 Yet the historical impact of Broadside Press, begun in Detroit in 1965 "without capital, from the twelve dollars...

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3. Haki R. Madhubuti (Don L. Lee): Prescriptive Revolution

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pp. 85-132

Clarity of purpose directs the life of Haki Madhubuti. "I am a Black man, a man of Afrikan descent who writes. Writing picked me. I am not a born or trained writer.... I use writing as a weapon, offensively and defensively, to...

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4. Sonia Sanchez: The Will and the Spirit

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pp. 133-180

Dynamic: the word immediately describes Sonia Sanchez and her art. Petite, attractive, on the stage she seems to become physically larger. Born to Wilson L. and the late Lena (Jones) Driver on September 9,1934, in Birmingham, Alabama, Sanchez was named...

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5. Jayne Cortez: Supersurrealist Vision

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pp. 181-214

The development of Jayne Cortez into a major talent has been as dazzling a rise as one might have hoped but not clearly anticipated from her first volume...

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6. Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones): Revolutionary Traditions

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pp. 215-264

Since the early 1960s, the figure to be reckoned with in Black political life and art has been Amiri Baraka. Controversial, responsive to changing social ambience, he has articulated the riotous...

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That Is Construction

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pp. 265-268

The six poets who vivify these pages have "straddled the whirlwind" of Black rage and ridden it into constructive courses. Their differing paths present a variety of options toward...

Index

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pp. 269-280