Furious Flower: Seeding the Future of African American Poetry is an anthology of poems by more than one hundred award-winning poets, including Jericho Brown, Justin Philip Reed, and Tracy K. Smith, with themed essays on poetics from celebrated scholars such as Kwame Dawes, Meta DuEwa Jones, and Evie Shockley. 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 by posing the question, What’s next for Black poetic expression?
Abdul Ali New Issues Poetry and Prose, 2015 Library of Congress PS3601.L37A6 2015 | Dewey Decimal 811.6
"Ali’s poems consistently engage black history and pop culture as windows into more personal, yet deeply political, realms: 'Begin with a shooting,/ a controversial art exhibit, a mob throwing dung at the Black Madonna'. . . Ali’s willful, complex collection marks him as a poet to watch."