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Sonia Sanchez · Beacon Press
Format: Hardcover

Gathering highlights from all of Sonia Sanchez's poetry, this compilation is sure to inspire love and community engagement among her legions of fans. Beginning with her earliest work, including poems from her first volume, Homecoming (1969) , through to 2019, the poet has collected...
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We Inherit What the Fires Left: Poems

Evans, William · SIMON & SCHUSTER

William Evans, the award-winning poet and cofounder of the popular culture website Black Nerd Problems, offers an emotionally vulnerable poetry collection exploring the themes of inheritances, dreams, and injuries that are passed down from one generation to the next and delving into...
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Light for the World to See

Kwame Alexander
Format: Hardcover

A collection of three powerful poems that take on racism and Black resistance in America by New York Times best-selling author Kwame Alexander. Includes an introduction by the author.
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Love Child's Hotbed of Occasional Poetry: Poems & Artifacts

Nikky Finney · Triquarterly
Pages: 264
Format: Hardcover

Love Child's Hotbed of Occasional Poetry is a twenty-first-century paean to the sterling love songs humming throughout four hundred years of black American life. National Book Award winner Nikky Finney's fifth collection contains lighthouse poems, narrative hotbeds, and treasured...
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Indecency

Justin Phillip Reed · Coffee House Press
Pages: 70
Format: Paperback

Indecency is boldly and carefully executed and perfectly ragged. In these poems, Justin Phillip Reed experiments with language to explore inequity and injustice and to critique and lament the culture of white supremacy and the dominant social order. Political and personal, tender, daring,...
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Selected Poems of Langston Hughes: A Classic Collection of Poems by a Master of American Verse

Langston Hughes · Random House
Pages: 320
Format: Print book

With the publication of his first book of poems, The Weary Blues, in 1926, Langston Hughes electrified readers and launched a renaissance in black writing in America. The poems Hughes wrote celebrated the experience of invisible men and women: of slaves who "rushed the boots of Washington";...
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Wade in the Water: Poems

TRACY K SMITH · Graywolf Press
Pages: 88
Format: Hardcover

The extraordinary new poetry collection by Tracy K. Smith, the Poet Laureate of the United States

Even the men in black armor, the ones
Jangling handcuffs and keys, what else

Are they so buffered against, if not love's blade
Sizing up the heart's familiar meat?

We...

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Citizen: An American Lyric

Claudia Rankine · Graywolf Press
Pages: 169
Format: Paperback

* Finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry *
* Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry * Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism * Winner of the NAACP Image Award * Winner of the L.A. Times Book Prize * Winner of the PEN Open Book...

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The Tradition

Jericho Brown · Copper Canyon Press
Pages: 110
Format: Paperback

Jericho Brown's daring new book The Tradition details the normalization of evil and its history at the intersection of the past and the personal. Brown's poetic concerns are both broad and intimate, and at their very core a distillation of the incredibly human: What is safety? Who is this...
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Homie: Poems

Danez Smith · Graywolf Press
Pages: 96
Format: Paperback

Danez Smith is our presidentHomie is Danez Smith's magnificent anthem about the saving grace of friendship. Rooted in the loss of one of Smith's close friends, this book comes out of the search for joy and intimacy within a nation where both can seem scarce and getting scarcer....
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Monument: Poems New and Selected

Natasha D Trethewey · Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages: 208
Format: Hardcover

"[Trethewey's poems] dig beneath the surface of history - personal or communal, from childhood or from a century ago - to explore the human struggles that we all face." - James H. Billington, 13th Librarian of Congress Layering joy and urgent defiance - against physical...
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Magical Negro

Morgan Parker · Tin House Books
Pages: 112
Format: Paperback

From the breakout author of There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé comes a profound and deceptively funny exploration of Black American womanhood. A Most Anticipated Book of 2019 at O, the Oprah Magazine and Publishers Weekly.Magical Negro is an archive of black everydayness, a catalog...
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American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin

Terrance Hayes · Penguin Books
Pages: 112
Format: Paperback

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

In seventy poems bearing the same title, Terrance Hayes explores the meanings of American, of assassin, and of love...
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White Blood: A Lyric of Virginia

Kiki Petrosino · Sarabande Books
Pages: 112
Format: Paperback

In her fourth full-length book, White Blood: A Lyric of Virginia, Kiki Petrosino turns her gaze to Virginia, where she digs into her genealogical and intellectual roots, while contemplating the knotty legacies of slavery and discrimination in the Upper South. From a stunning double crown...
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Hybrida: Poems

Tina Chang · W. W. Norton & Company
Pages: 144
Format: Hardcover

A stirring and confident examination of mixed-race identity, violence, and history skillfully rendered through the lens of motherhood.In this timely, assured collection, Tina Chang confronts the complexities of raising a mixed-race child during an era of political upheaval in the United...
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A Fortune for Your Disaster

Hanif Abdurraqib · Tin House Books
Pages: 108
Format: Paperback

In his much-anticipated follow-up to The Crown Ain't Worth Much, poet, essayist, biographer, and music critic Hanif Abdurraqib has written a book of poems about how one rebuilds oneself after a heartbreak, the kind that renders them a different version of themselves than the one they...

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1919

Eve L. Ewing · Haymarket Books
Pages: 96
Format: Paperback

"The Zora Neale Hurston of her generation." -- Studio 360"A truly rare cultural phenomenon: an artist who not only holds up a mirror to society, but makes herself a catalyst to change it." -- Chicago TribuneThe Chicago Race Riot of 1919, the most intense of the riots...
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Living Weapon: Poems

Rowan Ricardo Phillips · Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pages: 96
Format: Hardcover

Award-winning essayist and poet Rowan Ricardo Phillips presents a bracing renewal of civic poetry in Living Weapon.

. . . and we'd do this again
And again and again, without ever
Knowing we were the weapon ourselves,
Stronger than steel,...

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Felon: Poems

Reginald Dwayne Betts · W. W. Norton & Company
Pages: 96
Format: Hardcover

A searing volume by a poet whose work conveys "the visceral effect that prison has on identity" (Michiko Kakutani, New York Times) .Felon tells the story of the effects of incarceration in fierce, dazzling poems -- canvassing a wide range of emotions and experiences through...
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African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle & Song

Kevin Young · Library of America
Pages: 1150
Format: Hardcover

Only now, in the 21st century, can we fully grasp the breadth and range of African American poetry: a magnificent chorus of voices, some familiar, others recently rescued from neglect. Here, in this unprecedented anthology expertly selected by poet and scholar Kevin Young, this precious...
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