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Collected Poems Paperback – February 17, 1997


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Liveright; Reprint edition (February 17, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0871401592
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871401595
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.7 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #267,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Robert Hayden received numerous awards including a Hopwood Award, the Grand Prize for Poetry at the First World Festival of Negro Arts, and the Russell Loines Award for distinguished poetic achievement from the National Institute of Arts and Letters.

Frederick Glaysher studied writing under a private tutorial with Robert Hayden at the University of Michigan, from which he holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree, the latter in English. The author and editor of several works, he edited Hayden’s Collected Prose as well as the Collected Poems. Robert Hayden is a character in Glaysher’s recently published epic poem, The Parliament of Poets, partly set on the moon, at the landing site of Apollo 11.

Arnold Rampersad (Ph.D. Harvard) is the Sara Hart Kimball Professor in the Humanities, Emeritus, at Stanford University. He is co-editor (with Deborah E. McDowell) of Slavery and the Literary Imagination, and editor of the definitive Collected Poems of Langston Hughes. He is the author of the two-volume biography The Life of Langston Hughes, Jackie Robinson: A Biography, and co-author (with Arthur Ashe) of Days of Grace: A Memoir. He is also editor of “The Harlem Renaissance.”

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Fred C. Dobbs on January 16, 2012
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Robert Hayden was my teacher many years ago, a very gentle, talented man. He is an important Black poet and an important, essential American poet whose work will last.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Albin TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 16, 2011
This collection contains all the work of the fine American poet Robert Hayden. An African-American raised in Detroit, Hayden's work includes, but is hardly restricted to, a number of fine to outstanding poems inspired by African-American history. His superb memorial poem for Frederick Douglass is a good example of work in this vein. There are also a number of fine poems drawn from his life experience and his Bahai faith. Overall, I prefer his earlier work, but Hayden was a consistently powerful and interesting poet throughout his career. Like many excellent American poets, his work deserves to be read more widely.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca L. Rowley on May 19, 2008
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Is there a resurgence of Hayden's poetry or am I finally hearing more about this sensitive poet who wrote about a glorious future at a time when there was little hope for equity. He dared to speak of a spiritual solution to war and eulogized black heros who get little more than a paragraph in our history books. I appreciated the author's introduction, and especially enjoyed the diversity of Hayden's work in this collection.
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