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The creative writing students at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock began curating this list in the fall of 2016 in order to bring together the best of the poems being published in response to the Black Lives Matter Movement.
Langston Hughes - The Weary Blues - performed and discussed by The Classical Theater of Harlem
SSPL Books by Native American Poets
Postcolonial Love Poem by Natalie Diaz
Call Number: 811.6 Dia
Publication Date: 2020-03-03
Feed by Tommy Pico
Call Number: 811.6 Pic
Publication Date: 2019-11-05
An American Sunrise by Joy Harjo (Read by)
Call Number: 811.54 Har
Publication Date: 2019-11-12
The Death of Sitting Bear by N. Scott Momaday
Call Number: 811.54 Mom
Publication Date: 2020-03-10
When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through by Harjo, Joy
Call Number: 808
Publication Date: 2020
A lovingly curated anthology of Native American poetry and song.
SSPL - Books by African American Poets
African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song (LOA #333) by Kevin Young (Editor)
Call Number: 811 Afr
Publication Date: 2020-10-20
2020 publication poems by African Americans over 250 years - and voices - curated by Poet Kevin Young, who is the Director of the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture
Blessing the Boats, 1988-2000 by Lucille Clifton
Call Number: 811 Cli
Publication Date: 2000-04-01
Using a lens of Zen-like precision and everyday feminism, Clifton's personal poems become universal: mythic, tragic, and flat-out funny.
Brown by Kevin Young
Call Number: 811.54 You
Publication Date: 2018-04-17
New Yorker Magazine Poetry Editor Kevin Young riffs on many things brown - including having been a brown child - chronicling pain, isolation, humor and faith in these poems.
Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude by Ross Gay
Call Number: 811.6 Gay
Publication Date: 2015-01-07
Winner, 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award, poetry category
Winner, 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Prize
Finalist, 2015 National Book Award, poetry category
Finalist, 2015 NAACP Image Awards, poetry category
Citizen by Claudia Rankine
Call Number: 811.54 Ran
Publication Date: 2014-10-07
NYT: " 'Citizen' throws a Molotov cocktail at the notion that a reduction of injustice is the same as freedom."
Felon by Reginald Dwayne Betts
Call Number: 811.6 Bet
Publication Date: 2019-10-15
The Golden Shovel Anthology by Peter Kahn (Editor); Ravi Shankar (Editor); Patricia Smith (Editor); Terrance Hayes
Call Number: 811.608 Gol
Publication Date: 2019-06-07
Anthology of work by several poets, all following the motif of "The Golden Shovel," taken from Gwendolyn Brook's poem "We Real Cool."
I by Toi Derricotte
Call Number: 811.54 Der
Publication Date: 2019-03-26
Publisher's Weekly: "Drawing from [Derricotte's] five previous books spanning over four decades, this retrospective volume unflinchingly explores the author’s complex experiences as a light-skinned black woman in America."
Jacob Lawrence by Leah Dickerman (Editor); Elsa Smithgall (Editor); Rita Dove (Text by); Elizabeth Alexander (Text by); Jacob Lawrence (Artist)
Call Number: 759.13 Jac
Publication Date: 2015-03-28
Paintings from Jacob Lawrence's The Migration Series, with companion poems by Terrance Hayes, Rita Dove and more
Magical Negro by Morgan Parker
Call Number: 811.6 Par
Publication Date: 2019-02-05
NYT: "Parker’s tense, funny collection, her third, explores the gap between black experience and the white imagination’s version of it, further proving her considerable skill and consequence."
My Mother Was a Freedom Fighter by Aja Monet
Call Number: 811.6 Mon
Publication Date: 2017-05-30
Monet expresses a range from outrage to tenderness in her work.
Semiautomatic by Evie Shockley
Call Number: 811.6 Sho
Publication Date: 2018-12-01
NYT: Evie Shockley’s “semiautomatic,” ... grapples with the violent imprint America has made upon black bodies through the ages."
To Float in the Space Between by Terrance Hayes
Call Number: 811.54 Hay
Publication Date: 2018-09-04
Publishers Weekly: "Hayes..plunges into creative nonfiction with this book about another poet, Etheridge Knight, cautioning readers that 'this is not a biography.' "
The Tradition by Jericho Brown
Call Number: 811.6 Bro
Publication Date: 2019-04-02
NYT: "....Even in their most searing moments, these poems are resilient out of necessity, faithful to their account of survival, when survival is the hardest task of all...."
Wade in the Water by Tracy K. Smith
Call Number: 811 Smi
Publication Date: 2019-03-26
New Yorker: "[Smith's] body ...recognizes and can be taken over by the power of other bodies making art, of other voices telling their stories, and hers, because they know who they are—as blacks, as women, as humans in their single and collective body"
From mission statement: " 'Split This Rock' cultivates, teaches, and celebrates poetry that bears witness to injustice and provokes social change. It calls poets to a greater role in public life and fosters a national network of socially engaged poets"
From webpage mission statement - official #BLM site: "Black Lives Matter Arts+Culture expands and explores this moment in art culture that is reflective of the 1960s and 1970s when the Civil Rights, Black Power, and Women’s Rights Movements, and efforts to diversify art institutions, dominated the discourse."
Blog of Letras Latinas, "The literary initiative at the Institute for Latino Studies (ILS), strives to enhance the visibility, appreciation and study of Latinx literature both on and off the campus of the University of Notre Dame"
"The Poetry Coalition is a national alliance of more than 25 organizations dedicated to working together to promote the value poets bring to our culture and the important contribution poetry makes in the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds."