Words With Wings : A Treasury of African-American Poetry & Art

Rochelle, Belinda : Editor

Published by Howell-North Books, 2001
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This stunning collection pairs twenty poems by distinguished African-American poets with twenty works of art by acclaimed African-American artists, in a way that has never been done before. Poets and artists span the nineteenth century through the present. Among them are Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes, Rita Dove, Countee Cullen; previous owner's bookplate o/w FINE; an UNREAD copy. Scarce. Bookseller Inventory #

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These are just some of the works of art you will rind in this stunning collection dat pairs twenty poems by distinglushed African-American poets with twenty works of art by acclaimed African-American artists.

Alice Walkers poem "Women"-about women who "battered down/Doors/And ironed/Starched white/Shirts" so their children would get a good education-is paired with the breathtaking portrait Harriet Tubman, by William H. Johnson. The tender "Little Brown Baby." by poet Paul Laurence Dunbar, and artist Romare Bearden's Family reflect the deep love parents feel for their children.

African-American identity and history are powerfully evoked in art and poetry about slavery. racism. and black pride.. But African-American poetry and art have no boundaries. and these poets and artists explore many other themes as well that, will touch your heart. and dazzle your eyes.

This important collection inspires imagination as it pairs splendid poets and artists in a way that has never been done before.

Review: In this marvelous collection, the words in Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Rita Dove's "Primer" find wings in Jacob Lawrence's stylized painting, "The Library." Elizabeth Catlett's stunning print, "The Sharecropper," brings even more depth to Langston Hughes's softly sad poem, "Aunt Sue's Stories," and it's almost as if Emilio Cruz's swirling, colorful painting, "Figurative Composition #1," was created for Maya Angelou's poem, "Human Family": "I note the obvious differences / between each sort and type, / but we are more alike, my friends, / than we are unalike."

Editor Belinda Rochelle imaginatively pairs 20 poems by African American poets with 20 works of art by African American artists. Each poem and piece of art evokes the history, identity, and pride of African American people, whether it addresses slavery, family, childhood joy and woes, or racism. In Alice Walker's poem "How Poems Are Made: A Discredited View," she writes: "I know how poems are made. / There is a place the loss must go / There is a place the gain must go. / The leftover love." Readers will pore over this extraordinary compilation for hours, weeks, and years, as it becomes a permanent treasure in their collections. Artists and poets also include William H. Johnson, Gwendolyn Brooks, Paul Laurence Dunbar, and Nikki Giovanni. --Emilie Coulter

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Title: Words With Wings : A Treasury of ...
Publisher: Howell-North Books
Publication Date: 2001
Binding: Hardcover
Illustrator: Various Artists
Book Condition: Near Fine
Edition: First Edition : First Printing

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