Wrestling with the Muse

Wrestling with the Muse

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Dudley Randall, one of the great success stories of American small-press history, was also Poet Laureate of Detroit, a civil-rights activist, and a force in the Black Arts Movement. Melba Joyce Boyd was an editor at Broadside, was Randall's friend and colleague for twenty-eight years, and became his authorized biographer. Her book is an account of the interconnections between urban and labor politics in Detroit and the broader struggles of black America before and during the Civil Rights era.My mother had a book called Favorite Poems, and a lot of the poems in that book were my favorite. ... I would read poetry in class, and once, when I was in the fourth grade, Miss Piondexter caught me reading Macbeth. ... But it was while I was delivering papers, when I was thirteen and attending Eastern High School, that I finally decided to be a poet. ... The first poem I sent to them was a sonnet about one of these icy mornings when the trees were covered with ice and they glittered inanbsp;...

Title:Wrestling with the Muse
Author:Melba Joyce Boyd
Publisher:Columbia University Press - 2004-03-07


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