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The Furious Flowering of African American Poetry
AFRICAN-AMERICAN POETRY, with its wellsprings in jazz and vernacular culture and its inescapable political dimension, stands among the most important bodies of literary work of the twentieth century. This collection of essays and six lively interviews with practicing poets, arising from the now-famous Furious Flower Conference of 1994, provides a mosaic of the major critic ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published July 29th 1999 by University of Virginia Press
(first published 1999)
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Though it is the only book of African American literary criticism I've read, I found Gabbin's efforts with this book thorough in covering a wide variety of African American poetry. I hope there's a second volume to come. There's definitely a big need for books of African American critique. Many aren't published again because the readership is so small, but this is a great contribution to literature on the whole.