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And as I groped in darkness

and felt the pain of millions,

gradually, like day driving night across the continent,

I saw dawn upon them like the sun a vision.

-- Dudley Randall, from "Roses and Revolutions"

In 1963, the African American poet Dudley Randall (1914--2000) wrote "The Ballad of Birmingham" in response to the bombing of a church in Alabama that killed four young blac
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Hardcover, 368 pages
Published February 1st 2004 by Columbia University Press
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Melanie Page
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Originally published at Grab the Lapels. Click this link to see my review with images.

Content Warning: attempted suicide, casual sexism, and some use of racial slurs

Wrestling With The Muse (Columbia University Press, 2003) by Melba Joyce Boyd is a mishmash of memoir and biography about one of the most important publishers in the United States. Because most people have never heard of Broadside Press or its founder, Dudley Randall, I’m going to give you a longer synopsis and then review a few aspe
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I had the profoundest pleasure to have had former Detroit Poet Laureate, Mr. Dudley Randall ( A former fellow Librarian) read and critique my poetry for the Dudley Randall Prize at the University of Detroit Mercy. Mr. Randall loved my Poem I wrote about my Grandmiere and mentioned that he looked forward to seeing my short stories I was putting together at the time. Unfortunately, Mr. Dudley passed the year he reviewed my writing and wished me well. You will enjoy reading the story of his publish ...more
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