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Title Letters to America : contemporary American poetry on race / edited by Jim Daniels.
Imprint Detroit : Wayne State University Press, [1995]

Subject American poetry -- 20th century.
Racism -- United States -- Poetry.
African Americans -- Poetry.
United States -- Race relations -- Poetry.
Alt Name Daniels, Jim.
Description 230 pages ; 23 cm
Note Includes index.
ISBN 0814325424 (pbk. : alk. paper)
OCLC # 32625285
Table of Contents
 Introduction / Jim Daniels11
 Letter to America / Francisco Alarcon23
 Lawd, Dese Colored Chillum / Fareedah Allah25
 Powwow / Carroll Arnett/Gogisgi26
 Song of the Breed / Carroll Arnett/Gogisgi27
 Late Bus (After a Series of Hold-Ups) / Russell Atkins28
 So Mexicans Are Taking Jobs from Americans / Jimmy Santiago Baca29
 There Are Black / Jimmy Santiago Baca31
 The Old Man's Lazy / Peter Blue Cloud33
 The Lovers of the Poor / Gwendolyn Brooks36
 the black poets / Charles Bukowski39
 Poem for the Young White Man Who Asked Me How I, an Intelligent, Well-Read Person Could Believe in the War Between Races / Lorna Dee Cervantes41
 Not Translation, Not Poetry / Daryl Ngee Chinn43
 Skin Color from the Sun / Daryl Ngee Chinn46
 in white america / Lucille Clifton50
 Fannie Lou Hamer / Sam Cornish53
 Give Me the Red on the Black of the Bullet (For Claude Reece, Jr.) / Jayne Cortez54
 Time, Temperature / Jim Daniels56
 St. Peter Claver / Toi Derricotte69
 The Weakness / Toi Derricotte70
 Blackbottom / Toi Derricotte72
 The Struggle / Toi Derricotte73
 Yuba City School / Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni74
 Columbus Day / Jimmie Durham76
 Sherbet / Cornelius Eady78
 Thrift / Cornelius Eady80
 The Supremes / Cornelius Eady81
 Why Do So Few Blacks Study Creative Writing? / Cornelius Eady82
 False Arrest / Cornelius Eady83
 Bulosan Listens to a Recording of Robert Johnson / Alfred Encarnacion84
 Bully / Martin Espada85
 Jorge the Church Janitor Finally Quits / Martin Espada86
 The Poet's Shuffle / Calvin Forbes87
 For Martin Luther King / Charles Fort88
 Pushing / Christopher Gilbert89
 Theory of Curve / Christopher Gilbert90
 Kemo Sabe / Diane Glancy91
 The First Reader, Santee Training School, 1873 / Diane Glancy92
 Autobiography / Joy Harjo93
 Anchorage / Joy Harjo95
 Song: I Want a Witness / Michael S. Harper97
 The Truth Is / Linda Hogan98
 Redress: Thinking It Through / Garrett Kaoru Hongo100
 Sweet Words on Race / Langston Hughes103
 Dinner Guest: Me / Langston Hughes104
 The Ideal / T. R. Hummer105
 For Medgar Evers / David Ignatow111
 Harold / David Ignatow112
 What Would I Do White? / June Jordan113
 A Poem about Intelligence for My Brothers and Sisters / June Jordan114
 Sand Nigger / Lawrence Joseph116
 Bailey Gatzert: The First Grade, 1945 / Lonny Kaneko119
 Sky / Richard Katrovas121
 Black English / Richard Katrovas123
 Race Relations / Carolyn Kizer124
 For Black Poets Who Think of Suicide / Etheridge Knight126
 A Wasp Woman Visits a Black Junkie in Prison / Etheridge Knight127
 The Warden Said to Me the Other Day / Etheridge Knight128
 Dark Prophecy: I Sing of Shine / Etheridge Knight129
 Report from the Skull's Diorama / Yusef Komunyakaa130
 Tu Do Street / Yusef Komunyakaa131
 Afterimages / Audre Lorde132
 Foul Line - 1987 / Colleen J. McElroy136
 From Homegrown: An Asian-American Anthology of Writers / Colleen J. McElroy137
 Images / Naomi Long Madgett139
 The Race Question / Naomi Long Madgett140
 Lessons from a Mirror / Thylias Moss141
 Letters from Poston Relocation Camp (1942-45) / David Mura142
 On the Subway / Sharon Olds145
 Upstate / Simon Ortiz146
 Black Poet, White Critic / Dudley Randall147
 The Idiot / Dudley Randall148
 The Eskimo Girl / David Ray149
 Going Full-Court / John Repp151
 If Marilyn Monroe / Leo Romero153
 The Black Back-Ups / Kate Rushin155
 Nazis / Ira Sadoff159
 Civil Rights / Ira Sadoff161
 Midnight Vapor Light Breakdown / Betsy Sholl162
 Outside the Depot / Betsy Sholl164
 Dawn / Betsy Sholl165
 Mexicans Begin Jogging / Gary Soto167
 The Cloud Unfolding / Ernesto Trejo168
 Indian Singing in 20th Century America / Gail Tremblay170
 Poem For My Father / Quincy Troupe172
 Boomerang: A Blatantly Political Poem / Quincy Troupe174
 Fortune Cookie Blues / Amy Uyematsu177
 December 7 Always Brings Christmas Early / Amy Uyematsu180
 At the Movie: Virginia, 1956 / Ellen Bryant Voigt182
 Women's Locker Room / Marilyn Nelson Waniek184
 Star-Fix / Marilyn Nelson Waniek185
 Alderman / Marilyn Nelson Waniek188
 Hating Jews / Tom Wayman189
 The Picnic, an Homage to Civil Rights / Michael S. Weaver191
 Racists / C. K. Williams193
 Segregated Railway Diner - 1946 / Robert Winner194
 Can't Tell / Nellie Wong195
 Soul Music / Baron Wormser196
 On a Phrase from Southern Ohio / James Wright197
 A Poem for Players / Al Young199
 W. H. Auden & Mantan Moreland / Al Young201
 No Offense / Kevin Young202
 Love in the Classroom / Al Zolynas203
 Contributors' Notes / Al Zolynas205
 Acknowledgments / Al Zolynas217
 Subject Index / Al Zolynas223