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Transnational Anthems and the Ship of State: Harryette Mullen, Melvin B. Tolson, and the Politics of Afro-Modernism

Matthew Hart

in Nations of Nothing But Poetry: Modernism, Transnationalism, and Synthetic Vernacular Writing

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780195390339
eISBN:
9780199776191
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195390339.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter considers the aesthetic, literary‐historical, and political meanings of the term “Afro‐modernism.” It first introduces Melvin B. Tolson's modernist epic, Harlem Gallery (1965), via the ... More


Radical as Reality: Form and Freedom in American Poetry

Peter Campion

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780226663234
eISBN:
9780226663401
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226663401.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

What do American poets mean when they talk about freedom? How can form help us understand questions about what shapes we want to give our poetic lives, and how much power do we have to choose those ... More


Another Black Magazine with a Lumumba Poem: Patrice Lumumba and African American Poetry

Ira Dworkin

in Congo Love Song: African American Culture and the Crisis of the Colonial State

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781469632711
eISBN:
9781469632735
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469632711.003.0009
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter charts the influence of independent Congo’s first Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba on the poetry and culture of the Black Arts movement. Although Lumumba was assassinated less than seven ... More


Great and Noble Lines: Dave the Potter, George Moses Horton, and the Possibilities of Poetry

Faith Barrett

in Where Is All My Relation?: The Poetics of Dave the Potter

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780199390205
eISBN:
9780199390229
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199390205.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter compares David Drake to George Moses Horton. Like Dave the Potter, Horton is a once-forgotten African American author who was living and writing in the South during the slave era. ... More


The Ethiop’s Verse: The Limits of Poetic Capacity and Espousal Piety

Wendy Raphael Roberts

in Awakening Verse: The Poetics of Early American Evangelicalism

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
June 2020
ISBN:
9780197510278
eISBN:
9780197510308
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197510278.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity, Religion and Literature

This chapter argues that Phillis Wheatley engaged and contested the tradition and history of revival poetics that the first three chapters trace. Wheatley’s poetics entail subtle yet poignant ... More


Where Is All My Relation?: The Poetics of Dave the Potter

Michael A. Chaney

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780199390205
eISBN:
9780199390229
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199390205.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This book provides a critical introduction to David Drake, or Dave the Potter, an enslaved pottery maker and author of inscribed verses and couplets, who lived and worked in Edgefield, South ... More


Signifying Jars, Resonating Like a Banjar: Influence, Politics, and Poetics in Dave’s Pottery

Babatunde Lawal

in Where Is All My Relation?: The Poetics of Dave the Potter

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780199390205
eISBN:
9780199390229
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199390205.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter glosses the major couplets and inscriptions, connecting formal matters of allusion, symbolism, tone, absence—in short, the poetics of the jars and pots—to their socio-historical, ... More


1857: Dave the Potter’s August Pots, Sexual Imagery, and Dred Scott

P. Gabrielle Foreman

in Where Is All My Relation?: The Poetics of Dave the Potter

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780199390205
eISBN:
9780199390229
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199390205.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter gives a historical account of three inscriptions written by Dave the Potter in 1857, tying them contextually to significant incidents of that year in Edgefield, South Carolina: the ... More


Beneath Notice: A Social Philology of the Poetry of Dave the Potter

Jon Woodson

in Where Is All My Relation?: The Poetics of Dave the Potter

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780199390205
eISBN:
9780199390229
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199390205.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Jon Woodson argues for a global approach toward the interpretation of Dave the Potter’s multimedia works. A concern for the Afrocentric phenomenology of Dave the Potter’s poetics unifies Woodson’s ... More


Writing in Clay: The Materiality of Dave’s Poetry

Ethan W. Lasser

in Where Is All My Relation?: The Poetics of Dave the Potter

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780199390205
eISBN:
9780199390229
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199390205.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter focuses on the problem of reducing the totality of Dave the Potter’s artwork to writing. Throughout, Lasser sifts through the inscriptions and their accompanying handwriting as an ... More


The Concatenate Poetics of Slavery and the Articulate Material of Dave the Potter

Michael A. Chaney

in Where Is All My Relation?: The Poetics of Dave the Potter

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780199390205
eISBN:
9780199390229
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199390205.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This essay suggests the trope of “catination” as a governing aesthetic principle in Drake’s work. It then reads the illegibility of several of Drake’s inscriptions as being central to that aesthetic ... More


A Letter to David Drake from a Friend and a Relation

Evie Shockley

in Where Is All My Relation?: The Poetics of Dave the Potter

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780199390205
eISBN:
9780199390229
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199390205.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Shockley writes creatively in response to an inscription written on the side of the jar associated with the title of the collection. As a contemporary black woman and as a literary critic and a poet ... More


An Easter Prayer, 1859

Carla L. Peterson

in Where Is All My Relation?: The Poetics of Dave the Potter

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780199390205
eISBN:
9780199390229
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199390205.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Carla L. Peterson describes her own experience of seeing one of Dave’s pots on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and interprets the Easter imagery in the incised poem, “Good for lard—or ... More


The Fourth of July Is Surely Come

Elisa Edwards

in Where Is All My Relation?: The Poetics of Dave the Potter

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780199390205
eISBN:
9780199390229
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199390205.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

In this chapter, Edwards explores the meaning of Drake’s subtly revolutionary inscription and interprets it as an example of double-consciousness and alienation. Although some have interpreted Dave’s ... More


Shifted Perspectives on Dave: Implications of Archaeological Excavation at the Pottersville Kiln Site

George Calfas

in Where Is All My Relation?: The Poetics of Dave the Potter

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780199390205
eISBN:
9780199390229
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199390205.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter outlines the results of an archaeological project at the site of America’s first alkaline-glazed stoneware manufacturing center in Pottersville, one mile north of Edgefield, in the ... More


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