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Professor Jerry Ward Observes National Poetry Month

30 BOOKS FOR THE “CRUELEST MONTH”
Phillis Wheatley, Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral
Langston Hughes, Ask Your Mama: Twelve Moods for Jazz
Lucille Clifton, An Ordinary Woman
Mari Evans, I Am A Black Woman
Brenda Marie Osbey, Ceremony for Minneconjoux
Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, The Gospel of Barbecue
Gwendolyn Brooks, Blacks

E. Ethelbert Miller, Season of Hunger/Cry of Rain
Alice Walker, Revolutionary Petunias
James Weldon Johnson, God’s Trombones
Alvin Aubert, Against the Blues
Eugene B. Redmond, Songs from an Afro/Phone
Bob Kaufman, The Ancient Rain: Poems 1956-1978
Ahmos Zu-Bolton, Ain’t No Spring Chicken
Lorenzo Thomas, Chances are Few
Amiri Barak, Somebody Blew Up America and Other Poems
Kalamu ya Salaam, Revolutionary Love
Margaret Walker, For My People
Robert Hayden, Words in the Morning Time
Yusef Komunyakaa,  Thieves of Paradise
Don L. Lee, We Walk the Way of the New World
Michael Harper, Nightmare Begins Responsibility
Ishmael Reed, Conjure: Selected Poems, 1963-1970
Elizabeth Alexander, The Venus Hottentot
Sterling A. Brown, Southern Road
Tom Dent, Blue Lights and River Songs
Sonia Sanchez, A Blues Book for Blue Black Magical Women
Sterling D. Plumpp, Blues: The Story Always Untold
Audre Lorde, Cables to Rage
Lance Jeffers, When I Know the Power of My Black Hand
AS IF A MONTH COULD HARBOR GENIUS
                                                                                                         Jerry W. Ward, Jr.