- By Michael S. Harper Anthony Walton

Every Shut Eye Ain't Asleep: An Anthology of Poetry by African Americans Since 1945

  • Title: Every Shut Eye Ain't Asleep: An Anthology of Poetry by African Americans Since 1945
  • Author: Michael S. Harper Anthony Walton
  • ISBN: 9780316347105
  • Page: 484
  • Format: Paperback
  • Every Shut Eye Ain t Asleep An Anthology of Poetry by African Americans Since Every Shut Eye Ain t Asleep is a rich collection of the work of post World War II African American poets It brings together the voices of the most important African American poets of our time beginni

    Every Shut Eye Ain t Asleep is a rich collection of the work of post World War II African American poets It brings together the voices of the most important African American poets of our time, beginning with the highly influential Robert Hayden and Gwendolyn Brooks, and covers an astonishing range of styles and techniques This extraordinary body of poetry is the flowerinEvery Shut Eye Ain t Asleep is a rich collection of the work of post World War II African American poets It brings together the voices of the most important African American poets of our time, beginning with the highly influential Robert Hayden and Gwendolyn Brooks, and covers an astonishing range of styles and techniques This extraordinary body of poetry is the flowering of an artistic tradition established earlier in this century by Paul Laurence Dunbar, Countee Cullen, and Langston Hughes The newer work comprises many different visions, ranging from the chiseled and layered modernism of Jay Wright to the plainspoken ferocity of Sonia Sanchez, from the dazzling witticisms of Ishmael Reed to the plangent lyricism of Rita Dove Edited by the distinguished poet Michael Harper and his star student and colleague Anthony Walton, this notable collection of work will be the standard anthology in the field for years to come.

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    1. Every Shut Eye Ain't Asleep is an anthology of poetry by African Americans. I really enjoyed this book because there are many different type of poems, different perspectives, and different topics. One of my favorites was titled Bible Study by Gloria Oden. This poem ended with the question, "Did the Old Guy trumpet us out of your upset or mine?" I really liked the use of the question at the end of the poem because it made me ponder and think about her perspective, my perspective, and the worlds p [...]

    2. I read this book for my African American Lit II class. I enjoyed reading all the different poems by the numerous amount of authors. There were some poems that were hard to understand & had to be broken down in class. But overall I did enjoy this book of poems. I'm not one for reading poems but since this was African American poems I did find it interesting.

    3. This is an amazing book of written art/poetry. I thoroughly enjoyed the diverse nature of the poetry. There are poems written about everything from slavery, racism, music you name it. I'm so glad I purchased a hardback version, because I'll be keeping this book forever.

    4. This is my favorite African American poetry anthology because it covers so much from so many different perspectives. I read it for a class in college years ago and it touched me so strongly I still pick it up all the time when I'm in the mood for a good poem.

    5. I purchased this book at APL's Recycled Reads store, so it's on the poetry bookshelf. I feel lucky, living in a bibliophile neighborhood.

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