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Celebrating Contemporary Black Poets: Home

Statement of Purpose

 

Celebrating Contemporary Black Poets Libguide aims to center the voices of living Black authors. This Libguide does not claim to be comprehensive, however. We hope that readers will contact us with authors who should be included so that this Libguide may flourish into a true community project. We look forward to hearing from you.

In the words of Toni Morrison:

Living in a nation of people who decided that their world view would combine agendas for individual freedom and mechanisms for devastating racial oppression presents a singular landscape for a writer. . . . Over and over again I am amazed by the treasure trove that American literature is. How compelling is the study of those writers who take responsibility for all of the values they bring to their art. How stunning is the achievement of those who have searched for and mined a shareable language of words to say it. (Playing in the Dark, xiii)