I, Too, Sing America

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What to expect

Starting with Lucy Terry of the early eighteenth century and finishing with poet laureate Rita Dove, this inspiring anthology edited by Catherine Clinton captures the enormous talent and passion of black poets. Powerful and diverse, I, Too, Sing America is a forum for voices baring their souls, speaking their minds, tracing their roots and proclaiming their dreams.

Each of the twenty-five poets is introduced with a brief biography and poetry notes to help the listener place their work in context. Included in the anthology is:

– “I, Too, Sing America” by Langston Hughes

– “Bars Fight” by Lucy Terry

– “Liberty and Peace” by Phillis Wheatley

– “On Liberty and Slavery” by George Moses Horton

– “Yes! Strike Again That Sounding String” by James M. Whitfield

– “Bury Me in a Free Land” by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper

– “The Song of the Smoke” by W.E.B. Du Bois

– “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” by James Weldon Johnson

– “We Wear the Mask” by Paul Laurence Dunbar

– “The Black Finger” by Angelina Weld Grimke

– “Your World” and “Interracial” by Georgia Douglas Johnson

– “Children of the Sun” by Fenton Johnson

– “If We Must Die” and “The White House” by Claude McKay

– “Beehive” by Jean Toomer

– “Heritage” and “To a Dark Girl” by Gwendolyn Bennett

– “A Black Man Talks of Reaping” by Arna Bontemps

– “Harlem,” “The Negro Speaks of Rivers,” “Merry-Go-Round,” and “Cross” by Langston Hughes

– “Tableau,” “Saturday’s Child,” and “Incident” by Countee Cullen

– “Sorrow Home” by Margaret Walker

– “Martin Luther King Jr.,” “Malcolm X,” and “We Real Cool” by Gwendolyn Brooks

– “Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou

– “Rites of Passage” by Audre Lorde

– “In the Year” by Amiri Baraka

– “The Funeral of Martin Luther King, Jr.” by Nikki Giovanni

– “Women” by Alice Walker

– “Primer” by Rita Dove

Critics Review

  • “[A] well-chosen collection…likely to put readers on the trail to the poets’ further works.”

    Publishers Weekly
  • “When one is given a book—a gift—of poetry, it is sometimes hard to define the characteristics that distinguish it from every other anthology in its category. In the case of this splendid group of poems by African American writers, the special qualities virtually leap off the page and demand to be noticed.”

    Children's Literature
  • “A splendid, rattling good collection of African-American poetry… Tragic, warm, sad, and ferocious voices of great presence that survived beyond all odds.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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