From back cover:
Cave Canem has for the past ten years dedicated itself to the discovery and
cultivation of new voices in African American poetry. Founded in 1996 by
prizewinning poets Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady, Cave Canem began as a
weeklong summer workshop/retreat and has now expanded to include regional
workshops, poetry readings, a series of public conversations between major
poets and emerging younger poets, and an annual first-book prize.
To mark the first decade of this pathbreaking project, Gathering Ground
presents more than one hundred poems by Cave Canem participants and faculty. It
embraces an impressive and eclectic gathering of forms, including sonnets, a bop
(a new form created by a Cave Canem faculty member), blues, sestinas, prose
poems, centos, free verse, and more. The roster of distinguished contributors
includes Lucille Clifton, Yusef Komunyakaa, Marilyn Nelson, Sonya Sanchez, Al
Young, and many others.
For newcomers and aficionados alike, Gathering Ground assembles in one
place the most innovative voices in contemporary African American poetry and
boldly attests to the important position it holds in verse-making today.
edited by Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady
Publisher: The University of Michigan Press
Publication Date: 2006
Format: Trade Paperback, 210 pages
Book Type: New