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Furious Flower

Seeding the Future of African American Poetry

Joanne V. Gabbin (author) Lauren K. Alleyne (editor)
Rita Dove (foreword by)
John Bracey (contributions by)
Iain Haley Pollock (contributions by)
Gregory Pardlo (contributions by)
Aaron Van Jordan (contributions by)
Glenis Redmond

ISBN: 9780810141544

Publication Date: Mar 2020

Format: Paperback

An anthology of poems by more than a hundred award-winning poets, including Jericho Brown, Tracy K. Smith, and Justin Philip Reed, combined with themed essays on poetics from celebrated scholars such as Kwame Dawes, Evie Shockley, and Meta DuEwa Jones.
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Furious Flower: Seeding the Future of African American Poetry is an anthology of poems by more than a hundred award-winning poets, including Jericho Brown, Tracy K. Smith, and Justin Philip Reed, combined with themed essays on poetics from celebrated scholars such as Kwame Dawes, Evie Shockley, and Meta DuEwa Jones.

The Furious Flower Poetry Center is the nation�s first academic center for Black poetry. In this eponymous collection, editors Joanne V. Gabbin and Lauren K. Alleyne bring together many of the paramount voices in Black poetry and poetics active today, composing an electrifying mosaic of voices, generations, and aesthetics that reveals the Black narrative in the work of twentieth- and twenty-first-century writers. Intellectually enlightening and powerfully enlivening, Furious Flower explores and celebrates the idea of the Black poetic voice, to ask, "What's next for Black poetic expression?
Illustrations 2 black & white images running in text
Imprint Triquarterly
Pages 380
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Mar 2020
Publisher Northwestern University Press
Subject/s Literary studies: general   Literary studies: poetry & poets   Anthologies (non-poetry)   Literary companions   Poetry   Poetry by individual poets  
  • Foreword By Rita Dove
  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction By Joanne V. Gabbin and Lauren K. Alleyne
  • 1. Collective Power by John H. Bracey
  • Selected Poems
  • Reginald Dwayne Betts
  • Mother
  • Abdul Ali
  • I Don't Think for a Second That We Won't Survive This
  • Remica Bingham-Risher
  • Fish Fry
  • Joshua B. Bennett
  • PRAISE SONG FOR THE TABLE IN THE CAFETERIA WHERE ALL THE BLACK BOYS SAT TOGETHER DURING A BLOCK, LAUGHING TOO LOUDLY
  • PREFACE TO A TWENTY-VOLUME REGICIDE NOTE
  • Destiny O. Birdsong
  • for home
  • F. Douglas Brown
  • Re-Portrait Your Name, Douglas
  • Jericho Brown
  • The Card Tables
  • Curtis L. Crisler
  • Boxing Arethas
  • Teri Ellen Cross Davis
  • Knuckle Head
  • Safia Elhillo
  • self-portrait with no flag
  • Alexis Pauline Gumbs
  • 90 poems I didn't write for you for Jasmine Richards
  • Duriel E. Harris
  • Making
  • DaMaris B. Hill
  • Miz Lucille
  • Darrel Alejandro Holnes
  • Bread Pudding Grandmamma
  • JP Howard
  • Praise Poem for my Leo Self
  • Amanda Johnston
  • Gender Reveal
  • Fred Joiner
  • To the Builders
  • Yalie Kamara
  • A Haiku Love Letter for Gabby Douglas
  • Donika Kelly
  • CARTOGRAPHY AS AN ACT OF REMEMBERING
  • Jacqueline Jones LaMon
  • WE PUT SO MUCH FAITH IN THE POWER OF DOORS
  • Rickey Laurentiis
  • Conditions for a Southern Gothic
  • Nate Marshall
  • which art? what fact?
  • Kamilah Aisha Moon
  • INITIATION
  • Khadijah Queen
  • Activism is hot just ask Jason Momoa
  • Anastacia-Reneé
  • prayer for the unseen
  • Mahtem Shiferraw
  • THE SILENCES
  • Clint Smith
  • what the cicada said to the black boy
  • Samantha Thornhill
  • Bring Back 
  • 2. Black Aesthetics by Evie Shockley
  • Selected Poems
  • Reginald Dwayne Betts
  • Night
  • Tara Betts
  • Another Clearing of the Land: Epitaph for Hadiyah Pendleton
  • Derrick Weston Brown
  • The Root
  • CM Burroughs
  • Our People I
  • Our People II
  • Tiana Clark
  • BBHMM
  • Michael Collins
  • Decline and Fall
  • Nandi Comer
  • American Family: A Syndrome Early Death Syndrome (EDS)
  • Mary-Alice Daniel
  • REVIVALISM 101
  • t'ai freedom ford
  • #notorious
  • Aricka Foreman
  • When the Therapist Asks You to Recount, You Have to Say It
  • Duriel E. Harris
  • TEN LITTLE NIGGA (K)NOTS AND THEN THERE WERE NONE
  • TEN LITTLE ANGELS LET'S COUNT THEM ALL AGAIN!
  • Clemonce Heard
  • BOOGIE NIGHTS (GOT TO KEEP ON DANCING)
  • Taylor Johnson
  • Aeration
  • If not memory
  • Raina J. León
  • what we lose in the fire a blown tire makes us see
  • Dante Micheaux
  • Dew-Drier
  • Opal Moore
  • Girl with the golden contacts at the Wal Mart
  • John Murillo
  • Variation on a Theme by Elizabeth Bishop
  • Natasha Oladokun
  • "Let My Anger Be the Celebration We Were Never Supposed to Have"
  • Iain Haley Pollock
  • WE, THE RUBBER MEN
  • Lynne Procope
  • American Religion
  • Glenis Redmond
  • I Wish You Black Sons
  • Valencia Robin
  • Cathedral
  • Metta Sáma
  • Realism: a poetics
  • Nicole Sealey
  • Candelabra with Heads
  • Danez Smith
  • For the Dead Homie
  • Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie
  • Global Warming Blues
  • Marcus Wicker
  • Ars Poetica
  • Keith S. Wilson
  • ASTERISM
  • L. Lamar Wilson
  • Resurrection Sunday
  • avery r. young
  • 1982
  • middle of an episode of soul train
  • uncle shot find(s) out dat aint a brudda sangin
  • I Can't Go For That
  • (No Can Do)
  • 3. Pan African Poetics by Kwame Dawes
  • Selected Poems
  • Joshua B. Bennett
  • X
  • Lillian-Yvonne Bertram
  • my brother asks me what it's like to live in Utah and not be white
  • Reginald Dwayne Betts
  • When I Think of Tamir Rice While Driving
  • Tara Betts
  • After Andy Warhol's "Little Race Riot"
  • White Privilege
  • Destiny O. Birdsong
  • Recovery
  • FOUND ART
  • Destiny O. Birdsong
  • Dexter L. Booth
  • Preacher Crow's Sermon on the Ark of Bones
  • Derrick Weston Brown
  • Melinated Merman aka Aquabruh Wants to Holler at You
  • Derrick Weston Brown
  • THANKS
  • F. Douglas Brown
  • Brown to Browne :: Douglass to Tubman Remix for Mahogany Browne
  • Re-Portrait of an Icon
  • Jericho Brown
  • The Long Way
  • Cortney Lamar Charleston
  • DEVOTION ("I AM ON THE BATTLEFIELD FOR MY LORD")
  • Ama Codjoe
  • Garden of the Gods
  • Nandi Comer
  • Anarcha Appears Again And Again
  • DéLana R.A. Dameron
  • Say, Divine
  • My Resistance is Black
  • Hayes Davis
  • Jim on the Raft after His "Dream"
  • Mitchell L. H. Douglas
  • PERSIMMONS
  • Safia Elhillo
  • application for asylum
  • Sherese Francis
  • Voyage of Kianda (from Angola to the Caribbean)
  • (Art Formerly Known As The Sable Venus Speaks Back)
  • Chanda Feldman
  • TO THE OLD SQUARE
  • DaMaris B. Hill
  • A Reckoning: Assata in 1980
  • Fred Joiner
  • Consume/d
  • Ladan Osman
  • Parable for Refugees
  • Xandria Phillips
  • A FRUIT WE NEVER TASTED
  • Lauren Russell
  • Descent Excerpt
  • Charif Shanahan
  • GNAWA BOY, MARRAKESH, 1968
  • Bianca Lynne Spriggs
  • The View from Down Here
  • Cedric Tillman
  • Cankerworms (for South Sudan)
  •  
  • 4. Renovation by Meta DuEwa Jones
  • Selected Poems
  • Lillian-Yvonne Bertram
  • the river it shines pure white
  • Cortney Lamar Charleston
  • CHARLESTON
  • Ama Codjoe
  • Of Being Sick and Tired
  • t'ai freedom ford
  • if someone should take your picture & make you black
  • Krista Franklin
  • 3037, Time Capsule: Franklin
  • francine j. harris
  • Versal
  • Marcus Jackson
  • EVEN WHEN SPILLING
  • Alan W. King
  • Sugar Shack
  • Sure, You Can Ask Me About Hiphop
  • Ana-Maurine Lara
  • Each night
  • Shayla Lawson
  • WHITE FERRARI
  • Nabila Lovelace
  • The "S" in I Loves You, Porgy
  • How I Wish I Could Be As Happy As Zaytoven Playing Piano For Gucci On NPR, Tiny Desk
  • Cynthia Manick
  • Tapping at Mama's Knees
  • Douglas Manuel
  • Loud Looks
  • David Mills
  • Ornate Culmination
  • Indigo Moor
  • The Langston Hop
  • Nkosi Nkululeko
  • Twenty-Seven w/ Voodoo Child' (Slight Return)
  • Julian Randall
  • LAMENTATION (Black Jesus Remix)
  • darlene anita scott
  • HOW THE BODY REMEMBERS
  • Kevin Simmonds
  • Upright.
  • Exit Wound.
  • Candice Wiley
  • Symphony of Soul
  • Korey Williams
  • Evensong
  •  
  • 5. Writing the Body by Nagueyalti Warren
  • Selected Poems
  • Remica Bingham-Risher
  • Our child is not yet ten and we are clearing his closet
  • Dexter L. Booth
  • After the last flower is trampled
  • Nandi Comer
  • Why I Don't Call On Cops
  • Krista Franklin
  • The Skin That Tells
  • Janice N. Harrington
  • GENESIS
  • Randall Horton
  • ON REFLECTION
  • Amaud Jamaul Johnson
  • Featuring Lonette Mckee as Sister
  • Bettina Judd
  • See Him
  • Natasha Marin
  • Ritual for Unbusying
  • Saretta Morgan
  • Structural Dilemma
  • Shauna M. Morgan
  • Résumé Names
  • Nkosi Nkululeko
  • I Always Wanna Fall Asleep When My Momma Does My Hair but She Won't Let Me
  • Justin Phillip Reed
  • OPEN SEASON
  • darlene anita scott
  • ONLY FOR NOW, OR, MAAFA ON A MONDAY RIDE THROUGH THE CITY IN WHICH I DECIDED I SHOULD JUST GO ON & DIE ALONE
  • Safiya Sinclair
  • Hands
  • Amber Flora Thomas
  • Aubade
  • Blackberries
  • Arisa White
  • Loni, with a martini and sapphire balls,
  • Phillip B. Williams
  • Discipline
  • 6. The Collective 
  • Dominique Christina
  • Blood In My Eye
  • Toi Derricotte
  • Homage to my spiritual mothers
  • Camille T. Dungy
  • Give Me Some Wobble
  • Cornelius Eady
  • How I wrote "Papa Was A Rolling Stone"
  • Ross Gay
  • Let Your Engine Be Love
  • Terrance Hayes
  • A Poetics of Practice
  • Erica Hunt
  • Statement on Poetry
  • Major Jackson
  • My Lyrical Self
  • Tyehimba Jess
  • Black Poetry
  • A.Van Jordan
  • Try to Care About Someone Other Than Yourself
  • Douglas Kearney
  • Poetics as Response to Certain Tropes as Allergens
  • Ruth Ellen Kocher
  • Aporia and the Poetics of Beauty as Non-Resolution
  • Tony Medina
  • Persona non-Grata
  • E. Ethelbert Miller
  • Space Dream Struggle
  • Thylias Moss
  • Black Like Everything
  • Mendi Lewis Obadike
  • As the Crow Flies (A Reorientation)
  • Gregory Pardlo
  • Notes on Voice
  • Matthew Shenoda
  • On Noticing
  • Patricia Smith
  • We are rapidly running out of ways to write this world.
  • Tracy K. Smith
  • Altogether Unlike Itself
  • Patricia Spears Jones
  • Thinking in Words (for Lorenzo Thomas and June Jordan)
  • Sharan Strange
  • A Poetics of Empathy
  • Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon
  • Seeing to Be
  • Frank X Walker
  • Memory, Research, Imagination, and the Mining of Historical Poetry
Joanne V. Gabbin is the executive director of the Furious Flower Poetry Center and a professor of English at James Madison University. She is the author of the biography Sterling A. Brown: Building the Black Aesthetic Tradition and a children's book, I Bet She Called Me Sugar Plum, and the editor of two previous Furious Flower anthologies - The Furious Flowering of African American Poetry and Furious Flower: African American Poetry from the Black Arts Movement to the Present. She also edited Mourning Katrina: A Poetic Response to Tragedy and Shaping Memories: Reflections of African American Women Writers.

Lauren K. Alleyne is the assistant director of the Furious Flower Poetry Center and an associate professor of English at James Madison University. She is the author of the poetry collection Difficult Fruit. A Cave Canem graduate, Alleyne was the winner of the 2016 Split This Rock Poetry Contest.

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