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Bearden's Odyssey: Poets Respond to the Art of Romare Bearden
edited by Kwame Dawes and Matthew Shenoda
contributions by Ed Roberson, Chris Abani, Rita Dove, Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, Toi Derricotte, Vievee Francis and Nikki Giovanni
foreword by Derek Walcott
Northwestern University Press, 2017
Paper: 978-0-8101-3489-8 | eISBN: 978-0-8101-3494-2
Library of Congress Classification B508.N3B23 2017
Dewey Decimal Classification 811.0080357

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

Borrowing from Romare Bearden’s aesthetic palette and inspired by his Odysseus series, Bearden’s Odyssey gathers, for the first time, poems from thirty-five of the most revered African diaspora poets in the United States. Poetic echoes come forth in themes of inspiration with historical intersections of one of the greatest visual artists of the twentieth century.
 
The award-winning editors, Kwame Dawes and Matthew Shenoda, assemble an esteemed literary congregation, with original poems by Chris Abani, Rita Dove, Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, Ed Roberson, Aracelis Girmay, Yusef Komunyakaa, and more. With a powerful foreword by Nobel laureate Derek Walcott and stunning visual reproductions of select Bearden masterpieces, this anthology fuses art and literature, standing as a testament to Romare Bearden’s power and influence in the contemporary artistic world.
 


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