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This is the honey : an anthology of contemporary Black poets / edited with an introduction by Kwame Alexander.

Alexander, Kwame, (editor).

In this comprehensive and vibrant poetry anthology, bestselling author and poet Kwame Alexander curates a collection of contemporary anthems at turns tender and piercing and deeply inspiring throughout. Featuring work from well-loved poets such as Rita Dove, Jericho Brown, Warsan Shire, Ross Gay, Tracy K. Smith, Terrance Hayes, Morgan Parker, and Nikki Giovanni, This Is the Honey is a rich and abundant offering of language from the poets giving voice to generations of resilient joy, "Beach incantation," as Mahogany L. Browne puts it in her titular poem, is "Ba jubilee of a people dreaming wildly." This essential collection, in the tradition of Dudley Randall"s The Black Poets and E. Ethelbert Miller"s In Search of Color Everywhere, contains poems exploring joy, love, origin, race, resistance, and praise. Jacqueline A.Trimble likens "Black woman joy" to indigo, tassels, foxes, and peacock plumes. Tyree Daye, Nate Marshall, and Elizabeth Acevedo reflect on the meaning of "home" through food, from Cuban rice and beans to fried chicken gizzards. Clint Smith and Cameron Awkward-Rich enfold us in their intimate musings on love and devotion. From a "jewel in the hand" (Patricia Spears Jones) to "butter melting in small pools" (Elizabeth Alexander), This Is the Honey drips with poignant and delightful imagery, music, and raised fists. Fresh, memorable, and deeply moving, this definitive collection a must-have for any lover of language and a gift for our time. -- Flap.

Record details

  • ISBN: 0316417521
  • ISBN: 9780316417525
  • Physical Description: xix, 426 pages ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2024.

Content descriptions

Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction -- The language of joy -- That's my heart right there -- Where I'm from -- Devotions -- Race raise rage : the blackened alphabet -- When I see the stars : praise poems -- About the poets.
Subject: African Americans > Poetry.
American poetry > African American authors.
Poetry > Black authors.
Genre: Poetry.

Available copies

  • 2 of 3 copies available at Lehigh Valley Library System.


  • 0 current holds with 3 total copies.
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Allentown Public Library 811.6 THIS (Text) 34455007069020 New Adult Nonfiction Available -
Bethlehem Main Library 811 (Text) 33062009837239 New Adult Nonfiction Checked Out 03/23/2024
Easton Main Library 811.608 A376t (Text) 31901004768943 Adult Nonfiction Available -

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