Black Fire: An Anthology of Afro-American Writing

ISBN: 1574780395
ISBN 13: 9781574780390
By: Amiri Baraka Larry Neal

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About this book

The defining work of the Black Arts Movement, Black Fire is at once a rich anthology and an extraordinary source document. Nearly 200 selections, including poetry, essays, short stories, and plays, from over 75 cultural critics, writers, and political leaders, capture the social and cultural turmoil of the 1960s. In his new introduction, Amiri Baraka reflects — nearly four decades later — on both the movement and the book.

Reader's Thoughts


This book should come w/ a disclaimer: not for the faint of heart or those easily offended. But it's a great snapshot of life in the late 1960s, and a really telling example of the frustrations people felt. I would add a personal note, that a history lesson may be needed to really get the context of the literature.

Laurel Beth

to read all of "malcolm" by welton smith


I didn't have the time to finish the whole anthology, but I read a lot of the poetry and all the essays. Anthology seems to be the wrong word for this collection, because anthology has the connotation of chopped-up novel excerpts and short stories cobbled together by pretentious, wrinkly academics obsessed with what one "should" read. Black Fire doesn't fit nicely into the picture with its unapologetic passion, anger, and pride. A great place for anyone to start learning from the Black Arts Movement.

Mel Murata

An excellent selection of Black Nationalist poetry


this is an almost unexplainable phenonmenon. for anyone interested in the frustration and anger of the 60s, this is the book for you. Baraka and the writers in here played NO games. No sir! It is a bit compicated for a first time reader, so take your time.


one of the editors was Amiri Baraka/LeRoi Jones, need i say more?

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