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

Alexander, Kwame, (editor.).

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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. -- Provided by publisher.

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

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Formatted Contents Note:
The language of joy. Quilting the black-eyed pea (we're going to Mars) / Nikki Giovanni -- The language of joy / Jacqueline Allen Trimble -- Garden of the gods / Ama Codjoe -- Labor / Jericho Brown -- Black boys / Tony Medina -- Navel / Robin Coste Lewis -- A parable of sorts / Malika S. Booker -- Boxing lessons / LeRonn Brooks -- On voting for Barack Obama with a Nat Turner t-shirt on / Reginald Dwayne Betts -- After people stop asking about me / Kyle Dargan -- Your dream is / Jason Reynolds -- A new day dawns / Nikky Finney -- Carolina prayer / Justin Phillip Reed -- Inescapable country / Mark McMorris -- Blood memory / Ronda Taylor -- The nightflies / Sheree Renée Thomas -- Healing / Lolita Stewart-White -- This is the honey / Mahogany L. Browne -- That's my heart right there. This is an incomprehensive list of all the reasons I know I married the right person / Clint Brown -- That's my heart right there / Willie Perdomo -- Refractions / Alan King -- I wish my love was here / Kurtis Lamkin -- tripping / Van G. Garrett -- Fruitful / Evie Shockley -- Poem that begins w/a tweet about Gwendolyn Brooks / Mitchell L.H. Douglas -- Love poem / Cameron Awkward-Rich -- May perpetual light shine / Patricia Spears Jones -- Forcing it / Antoinette Brim-Bell -- In my rush / Jonterri Gadson -- Characteristics of life / Camille T. Dungy -- As serious as a heart attack / Kalamu ya Salaam -- The talk / Gayle Danley -- Crows in a strong wind / Cornelius Eady -- How we made you / Kwame Alexander -- Weathering out / Rita Dove -- Want could kill me / Xan Forest Phillips -- When Macnolia greases my hair / A. Van Jordan -- "[love letter to self] / Warsan Shire -- a poem about you and me and the new country / Anis Mojgani -- Patience / Ross Gay -- Figurative language / A$iahMae -- hello / Sean Hill -- Delores Jepps / Tim Seibles -- The ear is an organ made for love / E. Ethelbert Miller -- Love for a song / J. Drew Lanham -- Most beautiful accident: a single parent's ode / Samantha Thornhill -- How to get emotional distance when voodoo is not an option / Pamela L. Taylor -- distant lover #1 [my michigan bed remix--for ellen g] / Brian Gilmore -- Where I'm from. Butter / Elizabeth Alexander -- Our people II / CM Burroughs -- The blue dress / Saeed Jones -- Owed to the plastic on your grandmother's couch / Joshua Bennett -- On Mother's Day / Frank X Walker -- A twice named family / Traci Dant -- Another homecoming / Jarita Davis -- Magnitude and bond / Nicole Terez Dutton -- (Twigi) / Gary Jackson -- For the healing / Marlanda Dekine -- Inheritance / Tyree Daye -- Mule / Sharan Strange -- Hanging laundry / Maritza Rivera -- The painter / Opal Palmer Adisa -- Beloved, or If you are murdered tomorrow / Elizabeth Acevedo -- "Harold's Chicken Shack #35" / Nate Marshall -- On Rampart & Canal / Nadir Lasana Bomani -- Where I'm from / Nikki Grimes -- Inundated / Hayes Davis -- The Black girl comes to dinner / Taylor Byas -- oh didn't they tell us we would all have new names when we decided to convert? / Nikia Chaney -- Richard Pryor and me / Curtis L. Crisler -- In my extremity / Mary Moore Easter -- Ode to Sudanese-Americans / Safia Elhillo -- Demonstration / Chanda Feldman -- R&B facts / Nicholas Goodly -- Dear future ones / Jacqueline Woodson -- Back to the past / Amanda Gorman -- Stand / Ruth Forman -- Reunion / Reginald Harris -- Blue magic / Niki Herd -- Antebellum / Gregory Pardlo -- Pastoral / Natasha Trethewey -- Southern history / Natasha Trethewey -- Nelsons (on the road 1957) / Marilyn Nelson -- Accents (after Denise Frohman) / Yvette R. Murray -- The mystery man in the black hat speaks / Quincy Troupe -- The I Be tree / truth thomas -- We not crazy, we feeling irie / Arisa White -- Devotions. His presence / Kwame Dawes -- You are not Christ / Rickey Laurentiis -- Conjecture on the stained-glass image of white Christ at Ebenezer Baptist Church / Marcus Wicker -- Condition: if the Garden of Eden was in Africa / DéLana R.A. Dameron -- Offertory / Chris Abani -- grief / toni blackman -- sallie ledbetter: a mother's hymn / Tyehimba Jess -- My father's geography / Afaa Michael Weaver -- Sunday poem / Joel Dias-Porter -- I could eat collard greens indefinitely / Alice Walker -- The gray mare / Afaa Michael Weaver -- The Easter prayer, 2020 A.C. / Frank X Walker -- Tell them what you want / Jabari Asim -- Devotions / Derrick L. Austin -- Wanderlust / Remica Bingham-Risher -- Race raise rage: the blackened alphabet. To racism / Lucinda Roy -- The blackened alphabet / Nikky Finney -- "I'm rooting for everybody Black" / Cortney Lamar Charleston -- The blue Seuss / Terrance Hayes -- Dear barbershop, / Chris Slaughter -- Before I fire her, the therapist asks What IS it like to be a Black woman HERE / Aricka Foreman -- A piece of tail / Teri Ellen Cross Davis -- Why I can dance down a Soul-Train line in public and still be a Muslim / Aisha Sharif -- Fuck/time / Inua Ellams -- Beyoncé on the line for Gaga / Morgan Parker -- Contemplating "Mistress," Sally in 2017 / Chet'la Sebree -- Mussels / Lucinda Roy -- 5 South 43rd Street, Floor 2 / Yolanda Wisher -- Unrest in Baton Rouge / Tracy K. Smith -- Quare / L. Lamar Wilson -- Some young kings / Roger Reeves -- We are not responsible / Harryette Mullen -- Carl's Barbershop / Abdul Ali -- On being called the N-word in Atlanta, 2016: a southern ghazal / teri elam -- The president has never said the word Black / Morgan Parker -- [this is to say I am more terrified of capitalism than any wildlife encounter] / Jasmine Elizabeth Smith -- In the event of / Shane McCrae -- Happy / Kevin Powell -- Holla / Evie Shockley -- When I see the stars: praise poems. A prayer for workers / Yusef Komunyakaa -- Heaven: for Nikki Giovanni's 80th birthday / Renée Watson -- The origins of the artist: Natalie Cole / Toi Derricotte -- Elegy for Chadwick Boseman / Len Lawson -- When I see the stars in the night sky / Joy Priest -- Hip hop analogies / Tara Betts -- For ben harper (7:42pm 1-18-02) / Jessica Care Moore -- My poems / Joanna Crowell -- Aubade to Langston / Rachel Eliza Griffiths -- What women are made of / Bianca Lynne Spriggs -- ruth (for a sister poet) / Michael Datcher -- Black gold redux (for Nina Simone) / Jacqueline Johnson -- for Duke Ellington / Reuben Jackson -- Don't let me be lonely [Mahalia Jackson is a genius] / Claudia Rankine -- For John Lewis, who loved to dance / Pearl Cleage -- Soul Train / Allison Joseph -- for allison joseph / Van G. Garrett -- I, master (for David Drake, enslaved potter-poet) / Glenis Redmond -- San Diego and Matisse / Clarence Major -- Ashe / Kevin Young -- Queen Bess / Kimberly A. Collins -- The ragged and the beautiful / Safiya Sinclair -- brown-eyed girls / Gerald L. Coleman -- Zebra (for my son) / January Gill O'Neil -- Quality: Gwendolyn Brooks at 73 / Haki R. Madhubuti -- A love poem written for Sterling Brown / Sonia Sanchez -- Whispers on the wave / Dr. Tonya Maria Matthews -- Praise / Angelo Geter.
Subject: African Americans > Poetry.
American poetry > African American authors.
Poetry > Black authors.

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Browne -- ‡tThat's my heart right there. ‡tThis is an incomprehensive list of all the reasons I know I married the right person / ‡rClint Brown -- ‡tThat's my heart right there / ‡rWillie Perdomo -- ‡tRefractions / ‡rAlan King -- ‡tI wish my love was here / ‡rKurtis Lamkin -- ‡ttripping / ‡rVan G. Garrett -- ‡tFruitful / ‡rEvie Shockley -- ‡tPoem that begins w/a tweet about Gwendolyn Brooks / ‡rMitchell L.H. Douglas -- ‡tLove poem / ‡rCameron Awkward-Rich -- ‡tMay perpetual light shine / ‡rPatricia Spears Jones -- ‡tForcing it / ‡rAntoinette Brim-Bell -- ‡tIn my rush / ‡rJonterri Gadson -- ‡tCharacteristics of life / ‡rCamille T. Dungy -- ‡tAs serious as a heart attack / ‡rKalamu ya Salaam -- ‡tThe talk / ‡rGayle Danley -- ‡tCrows in a strong wind / ‡rCornelius Eady -- ‡tHow we made you / ‡rKwame Alexander -- ‡tWeathering out / ‡rRita Dove -- ‡tWant could kill me / ‡rXan Forest Phillips -- ‡tWhen Macnolia greases my hair / ‡rA. Van Jordan -- ‡t"[love letter to self] / ‡rWarsan Shire -- ‡ta poem about you and me and the new country / ‡rAnis Mojgani -- ‡tPatience / ‡rRoss Gay -- ‡tFigurative language / ‡rA$iahMae -- ‡thello / ‡rSean Hill -- ‡tDelores Jepps / ‡rTim Seibles -- ‡tThe ear is an organ made for love / ‡rE. Ethelbert Miller -- ‡tLove for a song / ‡rJ. Drew Lanham -- ‡tMost beautiful accident: a single parent's ode / ‡rSamantha Thornhill -- ‡tHow to get emotional distance when voodoo is not an option / ‡rPamela L. Taylor -- ‡tdistant lover #1 [my michigan bed remix--for ellen g] / ‡rBrian Gilmore -- ‡tWhere I'm from. ‡tButter / ‡rElizabeth Alexander -- ‡tOur people II / ‡rCM Burroughs -- ‡tThe blue dress / ‡rSaeed Jones -- ‡tOwed to the plastic on your grandmother's couch / ‡rJoshua Bennett -- ‡tOn Mother's Day / ‡rFrank X Walker -- ‡tA twice named family / ‡rTraci Dant -- ‡tAnother homecoming / ‡rJarita Davis -- ‡tMagnitude and bond / ‡rNicole Terez Dutton -- ‡t(Twigi) / ‡rGary Jackson -- ‡tFor the healing / ‡rMarlanda Dekine -- ‡tInheritance / ‡rTyree Daye -- ‡tMule / ‡rSharan Strange -- ‡tHanging laundry / ‡rMaritza Rivera -- ‡tThe painter / ‡rOpal Palmer Adisa -- ‡tBeloved, or If you are murdered tomorrow / ‡rElizabeth Acevedo -- ‡t"Harold's Chicken Shack #35" / ‡rNate Marshall -- ‡tOn Rampart & Canal / ‡rNadir Lasana Bomani -- ‡tWhere I'm from / ‡rNikki Grimes -- ‡tInundated / ‡rHayes Davis -- ‡tThe Black girl comes to dinner / ‡rTaylor Byas -- ‡toh didn't they tell us we would all have new names when we decided to convert? / ‡rNikia Chaney -- ‡tRichard Pryor and me / ‡rCurtis L. Crisler -- ‡tIn my extremity / ‡rMary Moore Easter -- ‡tOde to Sudanese-Americans / ‡rSafia Elhillo -- ‡tDemonstration / ‡rChanda Feldman -- ‡tR&B facts / ‡rNicholas Goodly -- ‡tDear future ones / ‡rJacqueline Woodson -- ‡tBack to the past / ‡rAmanda Gorman -- ‡tStand / ‡rRuth Forman -- ‡tReunion / ‡rReginald Harris -- ‡tBlue magic / ‡rNiki Herd -- ‡tAntebellum / ‡rGregory Pardlo -- ‡tPastoral / ‡rNatasha Trethewey -- ‡tSouthern history / ‡rNatasha Trethewey -- ‡tNelsons (on the road 1957) / ‡rMarilyn Nelson -- ‡tAccents (after Denise Frohman) / ‡rYvette R. Murray -- ‡tThe mystery man in the black hat speaks / ‡rQuincy Troupe -- ‡tThe I Be tree / ‡rtruth thomas -- ‡tWe not crazy, we feeling irie / ‡rArisa White -- ‡tDevotions. ‡tHis presence / ‡rKwame Dawes -- ‡tYou are not Christ / ‡tRickey Laurentiis -- ‡tConjecture on the stained-glass image of white Christ at Ebenezer Baptist Church / ‡rMarcus Wicker -- ‡tCondition: if the Garden of Eden was in Africa / ‡rDéLana R.A. Dameron -- ‡tOffertory / ‡rChris Abani -- ‡tgrief / ‡rtoni blackman -- ‡tsallie ledbetter: a mother's hymn / ‡rTyehimba Jess -- ‡tMy father's geography / ‡rAfaa Michael Weaver -- ‡tSunday poem / ‡rJoel Dias-Porter -- ‡tI could eat collard greens indefinitely / ‡rAlice Walker -- ‡tThe gray mare / ‡rAfaa Michael Weaver -- ‡tThe Easter prayer, 2020 A.C. / ‡rFrank X Walker -- ‡tTell them what you want / ‡rJabari Asim -- ‡tDevotions / ‡rDerrick L. Austin -- ‡tWanderlust / ‡rRemica Bingham-Risher -- ‡tRace raise rage: the blackened alphabet. ‡tTo racism / ‡rLucinda Roy -- ‡tThe blackened alphabet / ‡rNikky Finney -- ‡t"I'm rooting for everybody Black" / ‡rCortney Lamar Charleston -- ‡tThe blue Seuss / ‡rTerrance Hayes -- ‡tDear barbershop, / ‡rChris Slaughter -- ‡tBefore I fire her, the therapist asks What IS it like to be a Black woman HERE / ‡rAricka Foreman -- ‡tA piece of tail / ‡rTeri Ellen Cross Davis -- ‡tWhy I can dance down a Soul-Train line in public and still be a Muslim / ‡rAisha Sharif -- ‡tFuck/time / ‡rInua Ellams -- ‡tBeyoncé on the line for Gaga / ‡tMorgan Parker -- ‡tContemplating "Mistress," Sally in 2017 / ‡rChet'la Sebree -- ‡tMussels / ‡rLucinda Roy -- ‡t5 South 43rd Street, Floor 2 / ‡rYolanda Wisher -- ‡tUnrest in Baton Rouge / ‡rTracy K. Smith -- ‡tQuare / ‡rL. Lamar Wilson -- ‡tSome young kings / ‡rRoger Reeves -- ‡tWe are not responsible / ‡rHarryette Mullen -- ‡tCarl's Barbershop / ‡rAbdul Ali -- ‡tOn being called the N-word in Atlanta, 2016: a southern ghazal / ‡rteri elam -- ‡tThe president has never said the word Black / ‡rMorgan Parker -- ‡t[this is to say I am more terrified of capitalism than any wildlife encounter] / ‡rJasmine Elizabeth Smith -- ‡tIn the event of / ‡rShane McCrae -- ‡tHappy / ‡rKevin Powell -- ‡tHolla / ‡rEvie Shockley -- ‡tWhen I see the stars: praise poems. ‡tA prayer for workers / ‡rYusef Komunyakaa -- ‡tHeaven: for Nikki Giovanni's 80th birthday / ‡rRenée Watson -- ‡tThe origins of the artist: Natalie Cole / ‡rToi Derricotte -- ‡tElegy for Chadwick Boseman / ‡rLen Lawson -- ‡tWhen I see the stars in the night sky / ‡rJoy Priest -- ‡tHip hop analogies / ‡rTara Betts -- ‡tFor ben harper (7:42pm 1-18-02) / ‡rJessica Care Moore -- ‡tMy poems / ‡rJoanna Crowell -- ‡tAubade to Langston / ‡rRachel Eliza Griffiths -- ‡tWhat women are made of / ‡rBianca Lynne Spriggs -- ‡truth (for a sister poet) / ‡rMichael Datcher -- ‡tBlack gold redux (for Nina Simone) / ‡rJacqueline Johnson -- ‡tfor Duke Ellington / ‡rReuben Jackson -- ‡tDon't let me be lonely [Mahalia Jackson is a genius] / ‡rClaudia Rankine -- ‡tFor John Lewis, who loved to dance / ‡rPearl Cleage -- ‡tSoul Train / ‡rAllison Joseph -- ‡tfor allison joseph / ‡rVan G. Garrett -- ‡tI, master (for David Drake, enslaved potter-poet) / ‡rGlenis Redmond -- ‡tSan Diego and Matisse / ‡rClarence Major -- ‡tAshe / ‡rKevin Young -- ‡tQueen Bess / ‡rKimberly A. Collins -- ‡tThe ragged and the beautiful / ‡rSafiya Sinclair -- ‡tbrown-eyed girls / ‡rGerald L. Coleman -- ‡tZebra (for my son) / ‡rJanuary Gill O'Neil -- ‡tQuality: Gwendolyn Brooks at 73 / ‡rHaki R. Madhubuti -- ‡tA love poem written for Sterling Brown / ‡rSonia Sanchez -- ‡tWhispers on the wave / ‡rDr. Tonya Maria Matthews -- ‡tPraise / ‡rAngelo Geter.
520 . ‡aIn 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. -- ‡cProvided by publisher.
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