Every Goodbye Ain't Gone
An Anthology of Innovative Poetry by African Americans
Modern and Contemporary Poetics
328 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 1.10 in, Illus.
- Published: February 2006
- Published: September 2009
Showcases brilliant and experimental work in African American poetry.
Just prior to the Second World War, and even more explosively in the 1950s and 1960s, a far-reaching revolution in aesthetics and prosody by black poets ensued, some working independently and others in organized groups. Little of this new work was reflected in the anthologies and syllabi of college English courses of the period. Even during the 1970s, when African American literature began to receive substantial critical attention, the work of many experimental black poets continued to be neglected.
Every Goodbye Ain’t Gone presents the groundbreaking work of many of these poets who carried on the innovative legacies of Melvin Tolson, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Robert Hayden. Whereas poetry by such key figures such as Amiri Baraka, Tolson, Jayne Cortez, Clarence Major, and June Jordan is represented, this anthology also elevates into view the work of less studied poets such as Russell Atkins, Jodi Braxton, David Henderson, Bob Kaufman, Stephen Jonas, and Elouise Loftin. Many of the poems collected in the volume are currently unavailable and some will appear in print here for the first time.
Coeditors Aldon Lynn Nielsen and Lauri Ramey provide a critical introduction that situates the poems historically and highlights the ways such poetry has been obscured from view by recent critical and academic practices. The result is a record of experimentation, instigation, and innovation that links contemporary African American poetry to its black modernist roots and extends the terms of modern poetics into the future.
Contents Introduction Lloyd Addison I by you put on 000 After MLK 000 All the things of which there are none 000 Umbra 000 William Anderson There's Not a Friend like the Lowly Jesus 000 Russell Atkins It's Here in the 000 Probability and Birds 000 While Waiting for a Friend to Come to Visit a Friend in a Mental Hospital 000 Spyrytual 000 Lines in Recollection 000 "the L L L" 000 Furious'd Garb 000 Night and a Distant Church 000 Christophe 000 Irritable Songs 000 Narrative 000 At Night Keep Still 000 Imaginary Crimes in a Real Garden 000 Amiri Baraka Biography 000 The violence of the mind is the violence of God 000 How People Do 000 The Heavy 000 Lefty 000 Node 000 The A, B, C's 000 I Investigate the Sun 000 Courageousness 000 The City of New Ark 000 Joanne Braxton Conversion 000 Harold Carrington Lament 000 Woo's People 000 sting--a south carolina ave. folk tale 000 Stephen Chambers Her 000 Jayne Cortez Drying Spit Blues 000 Under the Edge of February 000 Phraseology 000 Indelible 000 Opening Act 000 Into This Time 000 Lawrence S. Cumberbatch I Swear to You, That Ship Never Sunk in Middle-Passage! 000 Again the Summoning 000 In the Early Morning Breeze 000 Rudy Bee Graham A Lynching For Skip James 000 Without Shadow 000 William J. Harris A Grandfather Poem 000 Practical Concerns 000 De Leon Harrison A Collage for Richard Davis--Two Short Forms 000 Formula for Blue Blues Babies 000 Yellow 000 David Henderson Downtown-Boy Uptown 000 Sketches of Harlem 000 In Williams 000 Lock City 000 Blackman in the Desecrated Synagogue--Living in the Last Days 000 Calvin Hernton Being Exit in the World 000 The Wall 000 Medicine Man 000 Joseph Jarman "What we all" 000 "Non-cognitive aspects of the City" 000 Ted Joans The Overloaded Horse 000 Percy Johnston Round About Midnight, Opus #6 000 Lexington Avenue Express 000 to paul robeson, opus no. 3 000 Dewey Square, 1956 000 BLAUPUNKT 000 Stephen Jonas For LeRoi Jones 000 BOOK V 000 ". .An Ear Injured by Hearing Things" 000 Orgasm 0 000 A MUDDLE 000 A LITTLE MAGIC 000 lens 000 IV 000 "what you can see above" June Jordan All the World Moved 000 Toward a Personal Semantics 000 San Juan 000 Bus Window 000 Bob Kaufman I Have Folded My Sorrows 000 East Fifth Street (N.Y.) 000 Lorca 000 Picasso's Balcony 000 NOVELS FROM A FRAGMENT IN PROGRESS 000 THE CELEBRATED WHITE-CAP SPELLING BEE 000 Oregon 000 A Terror Is More Certain 000 UNHISTORICAL EVENTS 000 The Biggest Fisherman 000 Crooty Songo 000 The Late Lamented Wind, Burned in Indignation 000 Elouise Loftin A Black Lady 000 What Sunni Say 000 bkln 000 Barefoot Necklace 000 april `68 000 scabible 000 N.J. Loftis Changes -- One 000 Changes -- Five 000 Changes -- Eight 000 Clarence Major Paragraph from the English Speaking World 000 A Petition for Langston Hughes 000 Media on War 000 Edge Guide for Impression 000 News Story 000 A Poem Americans Are Going to Have to Memorize Soon 000 Education by Degrees 000 Not This--This Here! 000 Mortal Roundness 000 Pictures 000 Water USA 000 Leroy McLucas Negotiation 000 Graph 000 Oliver Pitcher Why don't we rock the casket here in the moonlight? 000 Dust of Silence 000 the remark 000 formula for tragedy 000 Washington Square: August Afternoon 000 from Harlem: Sidewalk Icons 000 The Infant 000 Tango 000 The Iconoclast's Closet 000 Tom Postell Gertrude Stein Rides the Town Down El 000 I Want a Solid Piece of Sunlight and a Yardstick to Measure it With 000 harmony 000 Norman H. Pritchard Magma 000 Asalteris 000 From Where the Blues? 000 Metagnomy 000 Gyre's Galax ' 000 junt "WE NEED" Helen Quigless Concert 000 Ishmael Reed Paul Lawrence Dunbar in the Tenderloin 000 Dualism in ralph ellison's invisible man 000 Badman of the guest professor 000 Poetry Makes Rhythm in Philosphy 000 Ed Roberson news continued release 000 poll 000 Four Lines of a Black Love Letter between Teachers 000 On the Calligraphy of Black Chant 000 "it must be that in the midst" 000 any moment (12/4/69 4:30 A.M. chicago 000 "american culture is the pot" 000 A. B. Spellman the beautiful day, V 000 john coltrane 000 the twist 000 Blues: My Baby's Gone 000 Did John's Music Kill Him? 000 The Truth You Carry Is Very Dark 000 Primus St. John All the Way Home 000 Benign Neglect / West Point, Mississippi, 1970 000 The Violence of Pronoun 000 Studying 000 Glenn Stokes Blue Texarkana 000 Cecil Taylor Scroll No. 1 000 Scroll No. 2 000 "Da" 000 Choir 000 Lorenzo Thomas Inauguration 000 Embarkation for Cythera 000 Song 000 Twelve Gates 000 The Bathers 000 Another Poem in English 000 Melvin B. Tolson Dark Laughter 000 The Chitterling King 000 Gloria Tropp 000 Poem for Ernie Henry 000 Tom Weatherly first monday scottsboro alabama 000 Canto 7 000 vocal texts evoke 000 fishes 000 "gandhabba" #5 000 "croatan" 000 Canto 10 000 p.w.t. 000 Contributors 000 Acknowledgments 000