The Black Poets
A New Anthology Edited by Dudley Randall
The poets featured in this book cover the time span from slavery until the 1970s, and while this anthology is not all encompassing, Dudley Randall does his best to capture the essence of the black poets.
In fact, I hope Randall makes another anthology to encompass some of the newer artists that have come out since the last publication of this book.
While it’s hard to choose one poet, tonight feature is a poem from an author whose work I admire. . . Imamu Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones) entitled The Pressures. “Love twists the young man. Having seen it only once. He expected it to be, as the orange flower leather of the poet’s book. He expected less hurt, a lyric. And not of the slow effortless pain as a new dripping sun pushes him out of our river. And having seen it, refuses to inhale. ‘It was a green mist, seemed to lift and choke the town.’” #theblackpoets