• 1919

    1919

    Ewing, Eve L.

    Ewing draws on a government report to illuminate the context and impact of Chicago's 1919 race riot in clarion and haunting poems. -- Booklist

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  • Love Child's Hotbed of Occasional Poetry

    Love Child's Hotbed of Occasional Poetry

    Finney, Nikky

    National Book Award--winner Finney (Head Off & Split) returns with her first collection in a decade, artfully interweaving memories from her life with episodes from throughout black history. -- Publishers Weekly

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  • Ordinary Cruelty

    Ordinary Cruelty

    Flame, Amber

    While questioning the role of elder, mentor, mother in the face of losing those figures, Flame details the unrelenting nature of parenthood through the cycles of grief. Her poems exuberantly rejoice in the brown skin of the female body, while soberly acknowledging the societal dangers of claiming such skin as home. -- publisher's copy

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  • Make Me Rain

    Make Me Rain

    Giovanni, Nikki

    Giovanni (Chasing Utopia: A Hybrid) celebrates in her poignant 20th collection art as redemptive of traumas past and present, illuminating the ways in which "the blues is our encyclopedia." -- Publishers Weekly

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  • Seeing the Body

    Seeing the Body

    Griffiths, Rachel Eliza

    With astonishing frankness and detail, Griffiths anticipates, experiences, reexperiences and works to meaningfully incorporate her mother’s memory and death into the everyday fabric of life. -- NPR

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  • Hoodwitch

    Hoodwitch

    Hicks, Faylita

    Through a series of poems based on childhood photographs, Hicks invokes the spirits of mothers and daughters, sex workers and widows–to conjure an alternative to their own early deaths and the deaths of those whom they have already lost. -- publisher's copy

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  • The Weary Blues

    The Weary Blues

    Hughes, Langston

    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. -- publisher's copy

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  • The Age of Phillis

    The Age of Phillis

    Jeffers, Honorée Fanonne

    In this vast, imaginative opus on Black female genius, Fanonne Jeffers excavates the figure of Phillis Wheatley Peters, the first Black woman to publish a book in America. -- NPR

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  • Slingshot

    Slingshot

    Johnson, Cyree Jarelle

    The poems present themselves as homemade weapons (like slingshots) against malign parents, authority figures, structural racism and fears of the other. -- New York Times Book Review

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  • We're on

    We're on

    Jordan, June

    In defiant black ink marching across the white page, June Jordan (1936-2002) speaks from the eternal front lines of justice: "I am black alive and looking back at you." -- Publishers Weekly

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