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Harper, Michael S. 1938-

Overview
Works: 165 works in 370 publications in 1 language and 14,799 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Music  Interviews  Musical settings  Television programs  Documentary television programs 
Roles: Author, Speaker, Editor, Narrator, Performer, Inscriber, Signer, Other, Compiler
Classifications: PS3558.A6248, 811.54
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Michael S Harper
The Vintage book of African American poetry( Book )

13 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 1,370 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An anthology representing more than two hundred years of African American creative poetic endeavors features the work of fifty-two poets
Every shut eye ain't asleep : an anthology of poetry by African Americans since 1945( Book )

5 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 1,295 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Every Shut Eye Ain't Asleep is a a rich collection of the work of post-World War II African-American poets. It brings together the voices of the most important African-American poets of our time, beginning with the highly influential Robert Hayden and Gwendolyn Brooks, and covers an astonishing range of styles and techniques. With more than 200 poems included, there are "conventional" masterpieces - virtuoso "color-blind" poems in the tradition of Wordsworth, Keats, and Stevens - as well as a spectrum of passionate and personal pieces rooted in African-American culture and experience. This extraordinary body of poetry is the flowering of an artistic tradition established earlier in this century by Paul Laurence Dunbar, Countee Cullen, and Langston Hughes. The newer work comprises many different visions, ranging from the chiseled and layered modernism of Jay Wright to the plain-spoken ferocity of Sonia Sanchez, from the dazzling witticisms of Ishmael Reed to the plangent lyricism of Rita Dove. What this poetry has in common is its origin in African-American life and culture, its soul-stirring power, and the fact that, to date, the best of it has never been collected in one volume
The collected poems of Sterling A. Brown by Sterling A Brown( Book )

28 editions published between 1980 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,261 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Arguably the greatest African-American poet of the century, Sterling Brown was instrumental in bringing the traditions of African-American folk life to readers all over the world. This is the definitive collection of Brown's poems, and the only edition available in the U.S.--
Chant of saints : a gathering of Afro-American literature, art, and scholarship( Book )

14 editions published between 1978 and 1979 in English and held by 791 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dear John, dear Coltrane : poems by Michael S Harper( Book )

18 editions published between 1970 and 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 687 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Healing song for the inner ear : poems by Michael S Harper( Book )

8 editions published between 1985 and 1998 in English and held by 609 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Images of kin : new and selected poems by Michael S Harper( Book )

11 editions published between 1977 and 1998 in English and held by 577 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

History is your own heartbeat; poems by Michael S Harper( Book )

7 editions published between 1971 and 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 496 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nightmare begins responsibility by Michael S Harper( Book )

11 editions published between 1974 and 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 468 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Song : I want a witness by Michael S Harper( Book )

6 editions published in 1972 in English and Undetermined and held by 427 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Songlines in Michaeltree : new and collected poems by Michael S Harper( Book )

5 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 384 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Songlines in Michaeltree is the long-awaited collected poems--with the sparkling addition of some new ones--of one of America's most revered poets. Hailed by critics as a distinctive and powerful presence in contemporary American poetry, Michael S. Harper is an artist and a truth teller who tempers his astonishing technical virtuosity with a compassionate and healing vision. A keen observer and a potent commentator, Harper calls a complacent society vigorously to account while cradling the wounded and remembering the lost. Calling Harper "one of the finest poets of our time ... [and] one of the most human and humane," George Cuomo of the San Francisco Examiner and Chronicle observed, "Harper's poetry has drawn its vitality from the incredible energy of his language and the honesty of his perceptions." Songlines in Michaeltree is a magnificent celebration of Harper's continuing, unstinting gifts."--Publisher's description
Honorable amendments : poems by Michael S Harper( Book )

5 editions published between 1977 and 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 331 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Debridement by Michael S Harper( Book )

13 editions published between 1973 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 316 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An American requiem by Richard Danielpour( )

2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 273 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Use trouble : poems by Michael S Harper( Book )

7 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"For decades, Michael S. Harper has written poetry that speaks with many voices. His work teems with poetry configured as awe, poetry as courtship, and poetry as elegy and homage. Infused with tales and riddles, sass and satire and surprise, Harper's poetry takes the form of psalms, jazz experiments, soft serenades, and radical provocations." "In Use Trouble, his first major collection since Songlines in Michaeltree, Harper renews poetry as the art of taking nothing for granted. In three groups - "The Fret Cycle," "Use Trouble," and "I Do Believe in People"--He draws on his seemingly inexhaustible resources to paint, sing, sympathize, and sorrow. Here are his tributes to his father and family, his irrepressible playfulness, and his lifelong romance between poetry and music." --Book Jacket
Bill Moyers by Bill D Moyers( Visual )

3 editions published between 1995 and 2011 in English and held by 239 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Episode 1. Welcome to the mainland: Sekou Sundiata "oralizes" in polyrhythmic, jazz-influenced performances; Naomi Shihab Nye seeks universal truths in everyday objects and experiences
Double take jazz poetry conversations by Paul Austerlitz( )

3 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and held by 164 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Journey by Paul Austerlitz( )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Photographs: negatives: history as apple tree by Michael S Harper( Book )

4 editions published in 1972 in English and held by 138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The language of life [a festival of poets] by Bill D Moyers( Recording )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a series of conversations with eighteen American poets, and in dozens of poems, The Language of Life celebrates language in its most exalted, wrenching, delighted, and concentrated form, and its unique power to recreate the human experience: falling in love, facing death, leaving home, losing faith, finding God
 
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The Vintage book of African American poetry
Alternative Names
Harper, Michael

Harper, Michael 1938-

Harper, Michael Steven.

Michael S. Harper American writer

Michael S. Harper Amerikaans dichter

Languages
English (182)

Covers
Every shut eye ain't asleep : an anthology of poetry by African Americans since 1945The collected poems of Sterling A. BrownDear John, dear Coltrane : poemsNightmare begins responsibilitySonglines in Michaeltree : new and collected poemsHonorable amendments : poemsUse trouble : poemsThe language of life [a festival of poets]