New Bones

New Bones : Contemporary Black Writers in America

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For undergraduate and graduate African American Literature survey courses, Contemporary African-American Literature, Contemporary American Writers, American Ethnic Writers, Urban Narratives, Contemporary Literature, in departments of African-American Studies, English, and Cultural Studies.The first of its kind, this volume presents the largest, most inclusive multi-genre anthology of contemporary (1970 to the present) African-American and Caribbean-American literature available. Unlike all other collections of contemporary Black literature (which are genre-specific), this volume includes works from all genres-fiction, poetry, drama, essays, speeches, and mixed-genre works-by important, well-known authors as well as by significant lesser-known authors, many never previously anthologized. It comprehensively captures the breadth, the scope, the depth, and the impact of contemporary African-American literature.
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  • Paperback | 1152 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 40.4mm | 995.29g
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • English
  • 0130141275
  • 9780130141279

Table of contents

Ai. Twenty-Year Marriage. Abortion. Young Farm Woman Alone. Interview with a Policeman.Maya Angelou. Joe Louis Fight. Phenomenal Woman. New Directions. Style. Getups.Tina McElroy Ansa. Willie Bea and Jaybird.Toni Cade Bambara (1939-1995). My Man Bovanne. Gorilla, My Love. The Organizer's Wife.Joseph Beam. Brother to Brother: Words from the Heart.Becky Birtha. Johnnieruth.David Bradley. 197903121800 (Monday) (from The Chaneysville Incident).Gwendolyn Brooks. Two Dedications. when you have forgotten Sunday: the love story.Octavia Butler. Bloodchild. Speech Sounds.Bebe Moore Campbell. Chapter 1 from Sweet Summer: Growing Up with and without My Dad.Maxine Clair. Cherry Bomb.Michelle Cliff. Transactions.FOCUSED STUDY: Lucille Clifton. In Salem. Sisters. New Bones. Roots. She Understands Me. if mama. i was born in a hotel. Breaklight. the thirty eighth year. the lost baby poem. the bodies broken on. adam and eve. homage to my hips. mary. to the unborn and waiting children. holy night. island mary. testament. perhaps. caroline and son. samuel. last page of the "thelma" section. winnie song. this belief. the woman in the camp. the death of thelma sayles. leukemia as white rabbit. she won't ever forgive me. Interview with Naomi Thiers. In Her Own Images: Lucille Clifton and the Bible, Akasha (Gloria) Hull.Wanda Coleman. Women of My Color. Today I Am a Homicide in the North of the City. A Lyric. The Library. The Seamstress. Without Visible Means.Jayne Cortez. I Am New York City. So Many Feathers. Rape. Flame. There It Is. Shut Off the System. Poetry.Edwidge Danticat. Night Women.Angela Davis. I Used to Be Your Sweet Mama: Ideology, Sexuality, and Domesticity.Toi Derricotte. Touching/Not Touching: My Mother. Tender. For Black Women Who Are Afraid. Passing. Workshop on Racism.Melvin Dixon. Jesse.Rita Dove. Mother Love. Courtship. Courtship, Diligence. Dusting. Testimonial.Cornelius Eady. I Know (I'm Losing You) One Kind Favor. A Rag, A Bone, and A Hank of Hair. You Don't Miss Your Water. Grace.Trey Ellis. The New Black Aesthetic.Mari Evans. I Am a Black Woman. into blackness softly. Vive Noir! Music as Heartbeat and Blood. Amtrak Suite.Percival Everett. Randall Randall.Carolyn Ferrell. Proper Library.Nikky Finney. The Blackened Alphabet. Irons at Her Feet. My Centipeding Self. Making Foots.Ruth Forman. Young Cornrows Callin Out the Moon. Poetry Should Ride the Bus. You So Woman. Momma. Green Boots in Lil Honeys. Strength. Come between My Knees Child. Venus's Quilt. Tracie Double Dutch on the Tongue. Before I Leave My Doorstep to Mama's Grave.Leon Forrest. There Is a Tree More Ancient Than Eden.Ernest Gaines. The Sky is Gray.Nikki Giovanni. Stardate Number 18628.190. Nikki-Rosa. For Saundra. Revolutionary Dreams. Ego Tripping (there may be a reason why). Cotton Candy on a Rainy Day. All Eyez on U. Griots. Paper Dolls, Iron Skillets, Libraries, and Museums.Jewelle Gomez. Don't Explain.Hattie Gossett. old woman. a night at the fantasy factory... world view, world view, world view. setting up. butter #1. butter #2.Michael S. Harper. Eve (Rachel). Healing Song. Nightmare Begins Responsibility. The Meaning of Protest. Song: I Want a Witness. History as Apple Tree. Here Where Coltrane Is. Brother John.FOCUSED STUDY: Essex Hemphill. American Hero. Heavy Breathing. Visiting Hours. For My Own Protection. Commitments. The Occupied Territories. In an Afternoon Light. To Some Supposed Brothers. Isn't It Funny. American Wedding. Better Days. Serious Moonlight. Where We Live: A Conversation with Essex Hemphill and Isaac Julien.FOCUSED STUDY: bell hooks. Choosing the Margin as a Space of Radical Openness. Homeplace: A Site of Resistance. bell hooks interviewed by Cornel West. Bone Black, Chapters 1, 17, 29.Angela Jackson. The Fitting Room. Why I Must Make Language. grits. greens. Making the Name. Foreword.Jesse Jackson. The Candidate's Challenge: The Call of Conscience, the Courage of Conviction.Kelvin Christopher James. Ties.Charles Johnson. The Soulcatcher. The Transmission. The Mayor's Tale.Gayl Jones. Jervata.Barbara Jordan. Argument for Impeachment, 1974.June Jordan. Who Look at Me. Gettin Down to Get Over. I Must Become a Menace to My Enemies. Roman Poem Number Nine. Of Nightsong and Flight. Foreword. A New Politics of Sexuality.FOCUSED STUDY: Randall Kenan. Things of This World; Or, Angels Unawares. The Foundations of the Earth. An Interview with Randall Kenan.Jamaica Kincaid. In the Night. Columbus in Chains.Etheridge Knight. Cell Song. The Idea of Ancestry. Haiku. My Life, the Quality of Which. The Bones of my Father. For Black Poets Who Think of Suicide. Ilu, The Talking Drum. Belly Song. A Black Poet Leaps to His Death.Ruth Ellen Kocher. Poem to a Jazz Man. Liturgy of the Light-Skinned. Braiding. Desdemona's Fire.Yusef Komunyakaa. Passions. Back Then. Blues Chant Hoodoo Revival. February in Sidney. Venus's-flytraps. Nude Tango. Memory Cave. Kosmos. Buried Light. Anodyne.FOCUSED STUDY: Audre Lorde. Black Mother Woman. Conclusion. The Winds of Orisha. Coal. A Woman Speaks. From the House of Yamenja. The Women of Dan Dance with Swords in their Hands to Mark the Time When They Were Warriors. A Litany for Survival. Recreation. Power. Love Poem. To the Poet Who Happens to Be Black and the Black Poet who Happens to be a Woman. Chapter 11 from Zami. Poetry is not a Luxury. Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power. Interview with Claudia Tate. 'Coming Out Blackened and Whole': Fragmentation and Reintergration in Audre Lorde's Zami and The Cancer Journals (by Elizabeth Alexander).Haki Madhubuti. The Secrets of the Victors. The Changing Seasons of Ife. Lady Day. Some of the Women are Brave. The Damage We Do. Sun and Storm. Woman with Meaning.Clarence Major. Letters. My Seasonal Body. The Way the Roundness Feels. First. The String.Paule Marshall. From the Poets in the Kitchen. Chapter 4 from Praisesong for the Widow.Colleen McElroy. Monologue for St. Louis. In My Mother's Room. Queen of the Ebony Isles. Pike Street Bus. Tapestries. Imogene.Reginald McKnight. The Kind of Light That Shines on Texas.James Alan McPherson. The Story of a Scar.E. Ethelbert Miller. Panama. Fire. October 31. Whispers, Secrets, and Promises. Conjure. Aaron. in small town usa. Urban Zen. black boys. untitled. another love affair/another poem. untitled.FOCUSED STUDY: Toni Morrison. The Nobel Lecture. Rootedness: The Ancestor as Foundation. A Conversation with Gloria Naylor and Toni Morrison. Home.Thylias Moss. Washing Bread. The Warmth of Hot Chocolate. Renegade Angels. Remembering Kitchens. Sunrise Comes to Second Avenue.Harryette Mullen. Muse and Drudge, pages 3-7.Gloria Naylor. The Two.Pat Parker. love isn't. legacy. untitled. For the white person who wants to know how to be my friend.Richard Perry. Blues for My Father, My Mother, and Me.Ishmael Reed. I Am a Cowboy in the Boat of Ra. Middle Class Blues. Untitled. Flight to Canada.Carolyn Rodgers. Blue. A Round. how i got ovah. Some Body Call (for help).Sonia Sanchez. Small Comment. Personal Letter No. 3. Haiku sister's voice. Homecoming. Philadelphia: Spring, 1985.Sapphire. Are You Ready to Rock? Strange Juice (or the murder of Latasha Harlins).Ntozake Shange. Excerpt from for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf. hands & holding. senses of heritage. the old men. an ol fashion lady. i live in music.Reginald Shepherd. Wide Sargasso Sea. Slaves. A Muse. Soul Music.Anna Deveare Smith. The Territory.Quincy Troupe. In Texas Grass. Blood-Rivers. St. Louis Teenage Days. Impressions 2. Old Black Ladies Standing on Bus Stop Corners #2. Eye Change Dreams. Alice Walker. Everyday Use. Advancing Luna-and Ida B. Wells. womanist definition. In Search of Our Mother's Gardens. Michelle Faith Wallace. Entertainment Tomorrow.Marilyn Nelson Waniek. The House on Moscow Street. Dedication. My Grandfather Walks in the Woods. The American Dream. The Leaves are Losing the War. Compline.Michael S. Weaver. Ego. Christmas, 1941. Salvation.Cornel West. The Paradox of the African American Rebellion. Malcolm X and Black Rage.FOCUSED STUDY: John Edgar Wideman. all stories are true. casa grande. fever. An Interview with John Edgar Wideman, Charles H. Rowell.Sherley Anne Williams. Drivin Wheel. 1 Poem 2 Voices A Song. The Empress Brand Trim (ruby reminisces). I Want Aretha to Set This to Music. you were never miss brown to me.FOCUSED STUDY: August Wilson. Fences . The Ground on Which I Stand.
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