Wyatt’s World: Celebrating African American History Month Through Poetry

One hopes that most libraries still put aside a small part of their budgets to buy poetry books and will have many of these poems in the stacks. But for context, and in the case of Langston Hughes and Robert Hayden, multimedia, here are a few poems found online to mark the importance of the movement:

To build collections, in addition to volumes by individual poets, consider these three outstanding anthologies that include a wide range of poems and offer insightful context and introductions: The 100 Best African American Poems edited by Nikki Giovanni (Sourcebooks MediaFusion), The Oxford Anthology of African-American Poetry edited by Arnold Rampersad and Hilary Herbold (Oxford), and Every Shut Eye Ain’t Asleep (Back Bay) and The Vintage Book of African American Poetry (Vintage), both edited by Michael S. Harper and Anthony Walton.

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Neal Wyatt About Neal Wyatt

Neal Wyatt compiles LJ's online feature Wyatt's World and is the author of The Readers' Advisory Guide to Nonfiction (ALA Editions, 2007). She is a collection development and readers' advisory librarian from Virginia. Those interested in contributing to The Reader's Shelf should contact her directly at Readers_Shelf@comcast.net