No group of writers in any place or time has managed to surmount so many obstacles to produce a body of literature. This anthology, assembled by the foremost authority in the field, attests to their extraordinary courage and talent. It is a welcome companion to Sherman's pioneering study Invisible Poets.
Chosen from the work of the unknown as well as the famous, 171 poems by 35 black men and women show poetic mastery of a great variety of subjects and styles, as well as a wide range of attitudes and poetic talents. Every poem has historical importance as a response to the African-American experience by black writers of the period from 1829 to 1900. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)