The Collected Poems of Sterling A. Brown

The Collected Poems of Sterling A. Brown

Edited by Michael S. Harper

Contributions by James Weldon Johnson, Sterling Stuckey and Cornelius Eady

by Sterling A. Brown

336 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in

  • Paperback
  • 9780810142381
  • Published: July 2020


Sterling A. Brown was renowned for his trenchant poetry and scholarship on African American folklife. A contemporary of Langston Hughes, Claude McKay, and Jean Toomer, Brown became the first poet laureate of the District of Columbia. His celebrated works, including Southern Road, address issues of race through collages of narrative and dialect unique to Brown’s unflinching poetic voice.

Edited by the late distinguished poet Michael S. Harper, this classic collection includes a new foreword by award-winning poet Cornelius Eady and the original introduction by Michael S. Harper, as well as introductions to Southern Road by James Weldon Johnson and Sterling Stuckey. The result is a tour de force by one of the most distinctive poets in American letters.

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