Every Shut Eye Ain’t Asleep

Edited by Michael Harper and Anthony Walton
Copyright 1994
Checked out 2 times in 16 years
Last checked out 12 years ago

This is another wonderful anthology. Though it is it is subtitled “[. . .] African American Poetry Since 1945,” it is not simply a nice diversity addition to the library, but rather a marvelous overview of poetry from 1945 to 1990. It contains the likes of Robert Hayden, Gwendolyn Brooks, Rita Dove, Lucille Clifton and Yusef Komunyakaa, among others. Most poets are represented by a generous selection of his or her poetry. Whoever picks up this book will be treated to lots and lots of really good poetry.

Unfortunately, few people have picked this book up. Keep it on the shelf anyway. This sort of anthology, with a broad view, should be the bedrock of a small library’s poetry collection.


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