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Contents Acknowledgments iii Introduction 1 Chapter I: 'Missed Love': Black Power and Black Poetry 8 Chapter II: The Loss of Lyric Space in Gwendolyn Brooks' "In the Mecca" 27 Chapter III: : Queen Sistuh: Black Women Poets and the Circle(s) of Blackness 63 Chapter IV: Black Feminist Communalism in Ntozake Shange's for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf 127 Chapter V: Transferences and Confluences: Black Arts and Black Lesbian-Feminism in Audre Lorde's The Black Unicorn 158 Notes 214 Works Cited 241 Index
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: American poetry African American authors History and criticism, Women and literature United States History 20th century, American poetry Women authors History and criticism, African American women poets Intellectual life, African American women in literature, African Americans in literature, Black Arts movement