Details

ISBN-10: 0822953781
ISBN-13: 9780822953784
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publish Date: 12/05/1986
Dimensions: 8.16" L, 5.60" W, 0.37" H

The Essential Etheridge Knight

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Overview

Seminal African American poet Etheridge Knight did not begin writing poetry until a robbery conviction sent him to prison in 1960. A Korean War veteran who suffered a shrapnel wound that led to drug addiction, Knight published his first collection in 1968, Poems from Prison, which set him apart as an important new voice in the Black Arts Movement. His second collection, Belly Songs and Other Poems (1973), earned him Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award nominations, and his third collection, Born of a Woman: New and Selected (1980), was also critically acclaimed. The Essential Etheridge Knight is a selection of the best work by one of the country’s most prominent and still-relevant poets, decades after his death. It brings together poems from Knight’s three previously published books and a section of later poems available only in this collection, which features a striking new cover.

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"To read Knight is not to escape from or to transfigure America. It really isn't a 'comfortable' experience. He is too aware of the violent spaces between races and individuals to attempt grandiloquescence. Equally he is too screwed into the mundane to attempt sleight of hand tricks. His poetry is clarified on the oilstone of experience. The sad, funky, yet celebrative sound of his 'blues' is experience being honed on the quartz grains of a grindstone."

–The Iowa Review

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Details

ISBN-10: 0822953781
ISBN-13: 9780822953784
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publish Date: 12/05/1986
Dimensions: 8.16" L, 5.60" W, 0.37" H
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