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The Block

Hughes, Langston

ISBN 10: 067086501X / ISBN 13: 9780670865017
Published by Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1995
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067086501X Collages by Romare Bearden. Poetry by Langston Hughes. Bookseller Inventory # 012194

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Title: The Block

Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Romare Bearden

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition

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Thirteen poems about the New York City neighborhood of Harlem are teamed with the collage painting, The Block, a celebration of the bustle of Harlem, from the corner grocery store to the local Baptist church.

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Grade 5 Up?These 12 poems coupled with images from a large, six-panel collage convey the complexity of the modern African American urban experience. Some celebrate the commonplace, even things that sometimes seem only glaring and ugly. The collage, created in 1971 and seen in its entirety on the title page, shows an evening street scene in Harlem. Faded black-and-white photographs and colored paper cut in angular shapes create an emotional piece, evoking feelings of struggle and joy, despair and hopefulness. In "Juke Box Love Song," the narrator offers to "Take the neon lights and make a crown" for his beloved. The accompanying image shows a Romeo and Juliet variation, a boy leaning out an apartment window talking to a girl on the street below. To the left of them is a primitive, yet fairly traditional Annunciation scene, an example of the artist's highly original vision. In fact, one of the most compatible things about Hughes and Bearden is their spirituality. Most of the poem/picture pairings are successful, although one or two do not seem as well matched (the two children pictured with "To Be Somebody" look more resigned than aspiring, though that may be exactly the point). Hughes is an accessible poet whose work can be appreciated by adolescents. The art may be more complex and multilayered than the poems, while the book's layout and typefaces are playful, contemporary, and imaginative.?Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
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