Trouble the water: 250 years of African-American poetry

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Mentor, 1997 - Literary Criticism - 566 pages
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The preeminent collection of African-American poetry, this future classic anthology features over 400 poems by 100 of the finest African-American poets from the 1700s through the 1990s. Representing 250 years of the black experience, from the moving and powerful oral histories passed on by slaves to the emotional and insightful modern works of Langston Hughes, Alice Walker, Rita Dove, Colleen McElroy, and others, this is the finest and most complete collection available.

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About the author (1997)

JERRY W. WARD, JR. is Professor of English and African American Studies at Dillard University and was previously the Lawrence Durgin Professor of Literature at Tougaloo College. His previous books include Redefining American Literary History (1990), Black Southern Voices (1992), and Trouble the Water: 250 Years of African-American Poetry (1997). His work has also appeared in such journals as Southern Quarterly, Obsidian, and Callaloo.