Black Moods: Collected Poems
Black Moods collects for the first time all of Frank Marshall Davis's extant published poems as well as his previously unpublished work. From sharp-edged sketches of Southside Chicago's urban landscape to the prismatic world that lay beneath Hawaii's placid surface, Davis's muscular poems blend social, cultural, and political concerns-always shaped by his promise to "try to be as direct as good blues." John Edgar Tidwell's introduction examines both Davis's poetry and his politics, presenting a subtle portrait of a complex writer devoted to exposing discriminatory practices and reaffirming the humanity of the common people. Book jacket.
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