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The expansion of Marvel and DC Comics’ characters such as Black Panther, Luke Cage, and Black Lightning in film and on television has created a proliferation of poetry in this genre―receiving wide literary and popular attention. This groundbreaking collection highlights work from poets who have written verse within this growing tradition, including Terrance Hayes, Lucille C The expansion of Marvel and DC Comics’ characters such as Black Panther, Luke Cage, and Black Lightning in film and on television has created a proliferation of poetry in this genre―receiving wide literary and popular attention. This groundbreaking collection highlights work from poets who have written verse within this growing tradition, including Terrance Hayes, Lucille Clifton, Gill Scott-Heron, A. Van Jordan, Glenis Redmond, Tracy K. Smith, Teri Ellen Cross Davis, Joshua Bennett, Douglas Kearney, Tara Betts, Frank X Walker, Tyree Daye, and others. In addition, the anthology also features the work of artists such as John Jennings and Najee Dorsey, showcasing their interpretations of superheroes, Black comic characters, Afrofuturistic images from the African diaspora.


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The expansion of Marvel and DC Comics’ characters such as Black Panther, Luke Cage, and Black Lightning in film and on television has created a proliferation of poetry in this genre―receiving wide literary and popular attention. This groundbreaking collection highlights work from poets who have written verse within this growing tradition, including Terrance Hayes, Lucille C The expansion of Marvel and DC Comics’ characters such as Black Panther, Luke Cage, and Black Lightning in film and on television has created a proliferation of poetry in this genre―receiving wide literary and popular attention. This groundbreaking collection highlights work from poets who have written verse within this growing tradition, including Terrance Hayes, Lucille Clifton, Gill Scott-Heron, A. Van Jordan, Glenis Redmond, Tracy K. Smith, Teri Ellen Cross Davis, Joshua Bennett, Douglas Kearney, Tara Betts, Frank X Walker, Tyree Daye, and others. In addition, the anthology also features the work of artists such as John Jennings and Najee Dorsey, showcasing their interpretations of superheroes, Black comic characters, Afrofuturistic images from the African diaspora.

35 review for The Future of Black: Afrofuturism, Black Comics, and Superhero Poetry

  1. 5 out of 5

    Rae Gray

    I received a copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway. (Thank you, Blair Publishing, and all the artists involved!) Like the editors and artists in this book, I also grew up on comic books and superheroes. I knew how I experienced these stories, not realizing that a POC could have a completely different relationship with them. I was shocked at my ignorance. The poems within it are amazing: powerful, poignant, and heart breaking. The artwork is rich and moving. This is a book to be read more I received a copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway. (Thank you, Blair Publishing, and all the artists involved!) Like the editors and artists in this book, I also grew up on comic books and superheroes. I knew how I experienced these stories, not realizing that a POC could have a completely different relationship with them. I was shocked at my ignorance. The poems within it are amazing: powerful, poignant, and heart breaking. The artwork is rich and moving. This is a book to be read more than once, to really see what the poems are trying to convey. I look forward to it, and to reading more works by these incredible poets. I highly recommend this book to others.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    The wide span of subjects and styles comes together to create a powerful, evocative work whose words and images linger; this is a timely, crucial contribution that ripples with energy.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sami

    I love the comics and poems in this book. The comics are creative and interesting. The poems are powerful. I enjoyed the variety of writers. It allows you to see from the prospective of each poet.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sofia

    First brush with afrofuturism—made me want to dig in deep to the genre

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ashlen

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    John Pappas

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    Khadija Djellouli

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    mad mags

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    Liza Wemakor

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    Jennifer Bradshaw

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    Megan Stanley

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    Kharis Catchings

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    Micielle

  33. 5 out of 5

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    Sam

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