Poetry by Black Authors

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Negative Money By Lillian-Yvonne Bertram Cover Image
ISBN: 9781593767532
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Published: Soft Skull - June 27th, 2023

Finalist for the New England Book Award

From a National Book Award nominated poet, this collection is about a life lived in the red, on the edges of great lack and great abundance, of financial and emotional margins

The Study of Human Life (Penguin Poets) By Joshua Bennett Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143136828
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Published: Penguin Books - September 20th, 2022

Winner of the Paterson Poetry Prize, and longlisted for the Griffin Prize and the Massachusetts Book Award

An acclaimed poet further extends his range into the realm of speculative fiction, while addressing issues as varied as abolition, Black ecological consciousness, and the boundless promise of parenthood

Such Color: New and Selected Poems By Tracy K. Smith Cover Image
ISBN: 9781644450963
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Published: Graywolf Press - August 16th, 2022

“Tracy K. Smith’s poetry is an awakening itself.” —Vogue

The Collected Poetry of Nikki Giovanni: 1968-1998 By Nikki Giovanni Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060724290
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Published: William Morrow - January 23rd, 2007

From one of America's most cherished and celebrated poets, a landmark collection of Nikki Giovanni's early work!

 “Nikki Giovanni is one of our national treasures.”—Gloria Naylor

Citizen: An American Lyric By Claudia Rankine Cover Image
ISBN: 9781555976903
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Published: Graywolf Press - October 7th, 2014

* Finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry *
* Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry * Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism * Winner of the NAACP Image Award * Winner of the L.A. Times Book Prize * Winner of the PEN Open Book Award *


This Is the Honey: An Anthology of Contemporary Black Poets By Kwame Alexander Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316417525
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - January 30th, 2024

A breathtaking poetry collection on hope, heart, and heritage from the most prominent and promising Black poets and writers of our time, edited by #1 New York Times bestselling author Kwame Alexander.

Black Girl You Are Atlas By Renée Watson, Ekua Holmes (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Renée Watson, Ekua Holmes (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780593461709
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Published: Kokila - February 13th, 2024

A thoughtful celebration of Black girlhood by award-winning author and poet Renée Watson.

In this semi-autobiographical collection of poems, Renée Watson writes
about her experience growing up as a young Black girl at the intersections of race, class, and gender.

Besaydoo: Poems By Yalie Saweda Kamara Cover Image
ISBN: 9781639550319
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Published: Milkweed Editions - January 9th, 2024

Selected by Amaud Jamaul Johnson for the 2023 Jake Adam York Prize, Yalie Saweda Kamara's Besaydoo is an elegantly wrought love song to home--as place, as people, as body, and as language.A griot is a historian, a living repository of communal legacies with "a story pulsing in every blood cell." In Besaydoo, Kamara serves as griot for the Freeborn in Oakland, the Sierra Leonea

The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes (Vintage Classics) By Langston Hughes, Arnold Rampersad (Editor) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679764083
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Published: Vintage - October 31st, 1995

The definitive sampling of a writer whose poems were “at the forefront of the Harlem Renaissance and of modernism itself, and today are fundamentals of American culture” (OPRAH Magazine).

God Themselves By Jae Nichelle Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524878405
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - March 14th, 2023

Let this book be a celebration of queerness, Blackness, and love. Let these words be a modern church, these poems a holy space.

Rising star and spoken word poet Jae Nichelle debuts her luminous thoughts in God Themselves, a new collection of stirring poetry.

Bless the Daughter Raised by a Voice in Her Head: Poems By Warsan Shire Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593134351
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - March 1st, 2022

Poems of migration, womanhood, trauma, and resilience from the celebrated collaborator on Beyoncé’s Lemonade and Black Is King, award-winning Somali British poet Warsan Shire

“The beautifully crafted poems in this collection are fiercely tender gifts.”—Roxane Gay, author of Bad Feminist

The Collection Plate: Poems By Kendra Allen Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063048485
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Published: Ecco - August 9th, 2022

A deeply wrought and joyful debut poetry collection from an exciting new voice 

Call Us What We Carry: Poems By Amanda Gorman Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593465080
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Published: Viking Books - January 23rd, 2024

The instant #1 New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestseller, now available in paperback and with bonus content!

Chosen Poems, Old and New By Audre Lorde Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393300178
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - July 17th, 1982

“Here are the words of some of the women I have been, am being still, will come to be,” writes Audre Lorde of this volume, in which she brings together many of the most important poems she has written over the past thirty years.

The Complete Poetry By Maya Angelou Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812997873
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Published: Random House - March 31st, 2015

The beauty and spirit of Maya Angelou’s words live on in this complete collection of poetry, including her inaugural poem “On the Pulse of Morning”