Poems to Celebrate Black History Month

Poems that explore the African-American experience.

Afaa Michael WeaverAmerican Income
Afaa Michael Weaver
Chris AbaniUnholy Women
Chris Abani
Cornelius EadyNina's Blues
Cornelius Eady
Rita DoveCanary
Rita Dove
Elizabeth AlexanderPraise Song for the Day
Elizabeth Alexander
Harryette MullenElliptical
Harryette Mullen
Maya AngelouCaged Bird
Maya Angelou
Paul Laurence DunbarA Negro Love Song
Paul Laurence Dunbar
Dudley RandallBooker T. and W.E.B.
Dudley Randall
Camille DungyFirst Fire
Camille T. Dungy
Colleen J. McElroyLothar’s Wife
Colleen J. McElroy
X The Birth of John Henry
Melvin B. Tolson
Margaret WalkerFor My People
Margaret Walker
Terrance HayesOde to Big Trend
Terrance Hayes
Nikki GiovanniThe Laws of Motion
Nikki Giovanni
Carolyn RodgersTestament
Carolyn M. Rodgers
Thomas Sayers EllisTake Me Out to the Go-Go
Thomas Sayers Ellis
Langston HughesI, Too
Langston Hughes
Claude McKayHarlem Shadows
Claude McKay
Georgia DuskGeorgia Dusk
Jean Toomer
Michael S. HarperDebridement
Michael  S. Harper
Natasha TretheweyFlounder
Natasha Trethewey
Haki MadhubutiGwendolyn Brooks
Haki Madhubuti
Kevin YoungReward
Kevin Young
Douglas KearneyAlameda Street
Douglas Kearney
Wanda ColemanAbout God & Things
Wanda Coleman
Marilyn NelsonLonely Eagles
Marilyn Nelson
Honoree JeffersThe Gospel of Barbecue
Honorée Fanonne Jeffers


200 Years of Afro-American Poetry
by Langston Hughes
Langston Hughes and the Broadway Blues
by Franklin Bruno
The Black Poet as Canon-Maker
by Elizabeth Alexander
The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain
By Langston Hughes
With A Little Help from Dr. Angelou
By The Editors
Soldier: A Poet’s Childhood
By June Jordan
Jazz as Communication
By Langston Hughes
She Could Tell You Stories
Lucille Clifton interviewed by Hilary Holladay
Confronting the Warpland
by Ed Herrmann

Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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