"After Mecca": Women Poets and the Black Arts Movement
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"After Mecca": Women Poets and the Black Arts Movement

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The politics and music of the sixties and early seventies have been the subject of scholarship for many years, but it is only very recently that attention has turned to the cultural production of African American poets.

In "After Mecca," Cheryl Clarke explores the relationship between the Black Arts Movement and black women writers of the period. Poems by Gwendolyn Brooks,...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published November 24th 2004 by Rutgers University Press (first published November 22nd 2004)
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Cara Byrne
"Different from the subtle tactics of revision employed by New Negro Renaissance women poets, women poets of the Black Arts Movement deployed multiple voices of recovery, reclamation, and revision and threw off the sex and gender constraints of their foresisters. Black Arts women's poetry represented their concerns as race people to the yet-to-be-converted, imagined community of black people as well as that imagined community already within the circle" (164).

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