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Making Callaloo: 25 Years of Black Literature: 1976-2001
Synopses & Reviews
This important book collects a wide range of fiction and poetry that first appeared in the pages of Callaloo, the premier literary journal devoted to African-diaspora literature and to Black literary and cultural studies. Founded twenty-five years agoand still editedby Charles Henry Rowell (Texas A&M University, College Station), Callaloo is both national and international in terms of scope and readership. It is also, as Henry Louis Gates, Jr., observed, "without doubt, the most elegantly edited journal of African and African-American literature [of] today." This anthology, ideally suited for all readers studying modern Black literature, includes the work of Ralph Ellison, Alice Walker, Rita Dove, Yusef Komunyakaa, Lucille Clifton, Terry McMillan, Ai, Nathaniel Mackey, John Edgar Wideman, Michael S. Harper, Charles Johnson, Thylias Moss, and many other disntinguished authors.
Book News Annotation:
An anthology of fiction and poetry reprinted from the African-diaspora journal Callaloo since its founding in 1976 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Among the better known writers represented are Octavia E. Butler, Samuel R. Delany, Ralph Ellison, Sonia Sanchez, and Alice Walker. Brief sketches of the writers are appended.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Black interest fiction.
About the Author
Charles Henry Rowell is the editor and founder of Callaloo and a professor of English at Texas A&M University (College Station). His poems, interviews, and scholarly articles have appeared in a variety of periodicals, including The Southern Review and Agni. He is the editor of Ancestral House: The Black Short Story in the Americas and Europe (1995) and coeditor (with Bruce Morrow) of Shade: An Anthology of Fiction by Gay Men of African Descent (1996). He lives in Bryan, Texas.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Percival Everett
Introduction by Charles Rowell
Almanzar, Jose Alcantara "My Singular Irene"
Butler, Octavia "The Evening and the Morning and the Night"
Condé, Maryse "The Breadnut and the Breadfruit"
Danticat, Edwidge from The Journals of the Water Days 1986
Delaney, Samuel R. from Shoat Rumblin'
Ellison, Ralph "Cadillac Flambé"
Everett, Percival "Meiosis"
Forrest, Leon "Sugar Groove"
Glave, Thomas "Whose Song?"
Harris, Wilson from Jonestown
Johnson, Charles "The Sorcerer's Apprentice"
Jones, Gayl from The Machete Woman
Kenan, Randall "Now Why Come That Is"
Lee, Helen Elaine "Silences"
Mackey, Nathaniel "Atet A. D."
McCluskey, Jr., John from The River People
McMillan, Terry "Ma Dear"
Phillips, Caryl from Cambridge
Wideman, John Edgar "Ascent by Balloon from the Yard of Chestnut Street Jail"
Ai "Blue Suede Shoes"
Alexander, Elizabeth "The Venus Hottentot"
Barrax, Gerald W. "All My Live Ones" & "An Audience of One"
Braithwaite, Kamau Edward from "Clips"
Cassells, Cyrus "Sally Hemmings to Thomas Jefferson"
Césaire, Aimé "The Automatic Crystal," "Your Portrait," & "Wifredo Lam. . ."
Clifton, Lucille "The Times" & "Lazarus"
Derricotte, Toi "The Promise" & "Holy Cross Hospital"
Dixon, Melvin "Heartbeats" & "Climbing Montmartre"
Dove, Rita "Straw Hat," "Motherhood," "Headdress," & "Heroes"
Edwards, Brent Hayes "Middle Ear Recitation"
Ellis, Thomas Sayers "Fatal April" & "Kiss in the Dark"
Etienne, Phebus "A Ride to the Wedding" & "Shoes"
Hamer, Forrest "Goldsboro Narratives"
0Harper, Michael S. "Modulations on a Theme: For Josephus Long"
Harris, Claire "Mysteries" & "Framed"
Jackson, Angela "The Love of Travelers"
Jackson, Major "Some Kind of Crazy" & "Don Pullen at the Zanzibar"
Jackson, Reuben "Frank"
Komunyakaa, Yusef "Venus Flytraps," "Red Pagoda," "Birds on a Powerline," & "Slam, Dunk & Hook"
Lorde, Audre "Fishing in White Water" & "Jesehelms"
Major, Clarence "Difficulty of Perspective" & "Unwanted Memory"
Mitchell, Karen "Country After Country" & "Forgiveness"
Morejon, Nancy "Richard Brought His Flute"
Moss, Thylias "Holding" and "One for Newborns"
Mullen, Harryette "Unspoken" & "Fable"
Osbey, Brenda Marie "Setting Loose the Icons"
Pereira, Edimilson de Almeida "Calunga Lungara"
Phillips, Carl "Moving Target" & "The Clearing"
Roberson, Ed "Elegy for a White Cock"
Roy, Lucinda H. "Book Review"
Sanchez, Sonia "A Poem for My Father" & "Sequences"
Strange, Sharan "Childhood" & "Offering"
Trethewey, Natasha "Letter Home" & "Vignette"
Walker, Alice "On Stripping Bark from Myself"
Welburn, Ron "Yellow Wolf Spirit" & "A Moon Accountability"
Wright, Jay "Naming the Asturian Bird" & "The Economy of Power"
Young, Kevin "The Escape Artist" & "Cassius Clay by Basquiat"
Afterword by Carl Phillips
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