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Collected Poems Paperback – February 17, 1997

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“This may be the most addictive journalism book ever: dozens of glittering columns on topics Olympic and ordinary, most produced on deadline by a pantheon of outstanding writers, a collection that should squash any doubts that journalism should be literature. This luminescent volume reaffirms the beauty and power of his poetry… An enlightening and exciting reclamation of an essential American poet of suffering and radiance.” — Booklist

“When I read his poetry I know that I am in the presence of a man who honors language. His images give the reader a new experience of the world.” — Julius Lester (New York Times Book Review)

“Hayden was a remembrancer, a poet of faith and superb execution, and one of the best teachers by example one can find in the poetry of the twentieth century, or in any age. His words enhance and engage us as awakened selves, a nation in process, an abiding transcendent world voice.” — Michael S. Harper

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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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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 1000 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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3 of 4 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Luvvic on January 8, 2015
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Those Winter Sundays is featured in this collection and the sole reason why I bought this collection. That poem destroys me. His entire catalog is breathtaking but that poem I read at the University of Michigan when I was a lit student back in 89 and I remember it like it was just this morning and I remember myself just as young and I miss it.
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