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LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs: What’s African American About African American Poetry?

I am somewhere between Ghana and Colorado, gushing over the last volume of Scalped, a crime noir set on a fictional Indian reservation. I discover several Ga, Asante, and Twi phrase books in a shop at Elmina Castle. I find the 1964 Pocket Poets edition of Negro Verse edited by Anselm Hollo who in his introduction makes an argument that between the American Negro (as in Af-Am), West Indian, and African poets, “the concept of ‘Negro poetry’ is bound to be a rather abstract one. Read more…

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