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By Elizabeth Alexander

A quantity within the Poets on Poetry sequence, which collects severe works by means of modern poets, accumulating jointly the articles, interviews, and ebook reports in which they've got articulated the poetics of a brand new generation.

Elizabeth Alexander is taken into account one of many country's so much talented modern poets, and the book of her essays in The Black Interior in 2004 validated her as an astute critic and cultural commentator to boot. Arnold Rampersad has referred to as Alexander "one of the brightest stars in our literary sky . . . a great, worthwhile commentator at the American scene." during this new number of her essays, stories, and interviews, Alexander back specializes in African American inventive construction, quite poetry, and the cultural contexts during which it's created and experienced.

The book's first part, "Black Arts 101," takes up the poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar, Sterling Brown, Lucille Clifton, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Rita Dove (among others); artist Romare Bearden; dancer invoice T. Jones; and dramatist August Wilson. A moment part, "Black Feminist Thinking," offers enticing meditations starting from "My Grandmother's Hair" and "A Very brief background of Black girls and nutrition" to essays at the legacies of Toni Cade, Audre Lorde, and June Jordan. The collection's ultimate part, "Talking," contains interviews, a graduation address---"Black Graduation"---and the essay "Africa and the World."

Elizabeth Alexander obtained a B.A. from Yale collage, an M.A. from Boston college, and a Ph.D. in English from the collage of Pennsylvania. She has released 4 books of poems: The Venus Hottentot (1990); Body of Life (1996); Antebellum Dream Book (2001); and, such a lot lately, American Sublime (2005), which used to be certainly one of 3 finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. Her play, Diva Studies, used to be produced on the Yale institution of Drama. She is shortly Professor of yank and African American experiences at Yale University.

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