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I Am the Darker Brother (1997) [Anthology]
by Arnold Adoff AI Samuel Allen Maya Angelou Amiri Baraka Rudine Sims Bishop Arna Bontemps Gwendolyn Brooks Sterling A. Brown Sam Cornish Countee Cullen Frank Marshall Davis Robert A. Davis Toi Derricotte Owen Dodson Rita Dove Paul Laurence Dunbar Ray Durem Mari Evans Nikki Giovanni Michael S. Harper Robert Hayden Calvin C. Hernton Leslie Pinckney Hill Langston Hughes Lance Jeffers James Weldon Johnson Fenton Johnson Etheridge Knight Claude McKay Myron O'Higgins Quandra Prettyman Dudley Randall Conrad Kent Rivers Sonia Sanchez Primus St. John Jean Toomer Quincy Troupe Margaret Walker Richard Wright Al Young Rating: Weighted - 7.2 / Average - 7.0 of 10 (1 votes) (Rate!)
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Simple, spare, and revealing, this superb collection of poetry leads the reader into the heart of the African American experience. I Am the Darker Brother exposes the quintessential African American, a proud, lonely, vulnerable yet independent human being who has forged out of hardship that combination of endurance, understanding, and spirit called soul.

The poet speaks in many voices, some celebrated, many unknown, all assembled in this unique, wide-ranging – and enduring – anthology.


  • Introduction by Rudine Sims Bishop
  • Foreword by Nikki Giovanni
  • Like I Am
    • Me and the Mule by Langston Hughes
    • The Rebel by Mari Evans
    • We Real Cool by Gwendolyn Brooks
    • Cross by Langston Hughes
    • Aunt Jane Allen by Fenton Johnson
    • The Whipping by Robert Hayden
    • Those Winter Sundays by Robert Hayden
    • Flash Cards by Rita Dove
    • Nikki-Rosa by Nikki Giovanni
    • A Song in the Front Yard by Gwendolyn Brooks
    • Flowers of Darkness by Frank Marshall Davis
    • Juke Box Love Song by Langston Hughes
    • The Glory of the Day Was in Her Face by James Weldon Johnson
    • Bronzeville Man with a Belt in the Back by Gwendolyn Brooks
    • Madhouse by Calvin C. Hernton
    • Ka’Ba by Amiri Baraka
    • For Poets by Al Young
  • Geneaology
    • Each Morning by Amiri Baraka
    • A Moment Please by Samuel Allen (Paul Vesey)
    • The Negro Speaks of Rivers by Langston Huhges
    • Southern Mansion by Arna Bontemps
    • O Daedalus, Fly Away Home by Robert Hayden
    • October Journey by Margaret Walker
    • Dust Bowl by Robert A. Davis
    • A Ballad of Remembrance by Robert Hayden
    • Middle Passage by Robert Hayden
    • The Idea of Ancestry by Etheridge Knight
    • Blackbottom by Toi Derricotte
    • now poem. for us by Sonia Sanchez
    • Our Grandmothers by Maya Angelou
  • Shall Be Remembered
    • Frederick Douglass by Robert Hayden
    • Runagate Runagate by Robert Hayden
    • Memorial Wreath by Dudley Randall
    • Vaticide by Myron O’Higgins
    • A Poem for Black Hearts by Amiri Bakara
    • For Malcolm Who Walks in the Eyes of Our Children by Quincy Troupe
    • To Richard Wright by Conrad Kent Rivers
    • American Gothic by Samuel Allen (Paul Vesey)
    • When Mahalia Sings by Quandra Prettyman
    • Yardbird’s Skull by Owen Dodson
    • Montgomery by Sam Cornish
    • Here Where Coltrane Is by Michael S. Harper
    • Martin Luther King Jr. by Gwendolyn Brooks
  • If We Must Die
    • If We Must Die by Claude McKay
    • The Lynching by Claude McKay
    • ”So Quietly” by Leslie Pinckney Hill
    • The Daybreakers by Arna Bontemps
    • Song for a Dark Girl by Langston Hughes
    • Old Lem by Sterling A. Brown
    • Between the World and Me by Richard Wright
    • When I Know the Power of My Black Hand by Lance Jeffers
    • Lynching and Burning by Primus St. John
    • Endangered Species by AI
  • I Am the Darker Brother
    • I, Too, Sing America by Langston Hughes
    • A Black Man Talks of Reaping by Arna Bontemps
    • From the Dark Tower by Countee Cullen
    • On Passing Two Negroes on a Dark Country Road Somewhere in Georgia by Conrad Kent Rivers
    • Beehive by Jean Toomer
    • Tired by Fenton Johnson
    • Sympathy by Paul Laurence Dunbar
    • Sorrow Is the Only Faithful One by Owen Dodson
    • If the Stars Should Fall by Samuel Allen (Paul Vesey)
    • For a Lady I Know by Countee Cullen
    • Incident by Countee Cullen
    • We Wear the Mask by Paul Laurence Dunbar
    • Hokku: In the Falling Snow by Richard Wright
    • Yet Do I Marvel by Countee Cullen
    • The Train Runs Late to Harlem by Conrad Kent Rivers
    • Award by Ray Durem

Original title: I Am the Darker Brother
Original languages: English


Genre: PoetryVerse
FictionGeneral FictionBlack (african-american)

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