Carbibbean writer M Nourbese Philip has observed that "poetry is about truth telling, but you need the lie--the artifice of form--to tell those truths." In this fascinating dialogue, Misani elicits Philip's ideas about poetry, the nature of truth and the construction of personal and national identity.
Through his examination of Langston Hughes (1902-1967), E. Ethelbert Miller traces America's social transformation from the 1920s through the Civil Rights Movement and provides an intimate inquiry into "this man who taught us how to dream."
Since she began publishing her tight lyrics of Chicago’s great South Side in the 1940s, Gwendolyn Brooks has been one of the most influential American poets of the twentieth century. Her poems distill the very best aspects of Modernist style with the sounds and shapes of various African-American forms and idioms. Brooks is a consummate portraitist who found worlds in the community she wrote out of, and her innovations as a sonneteer remain an inspiration to more than one generation of poets who have come after her.