New and Selected Poems
by Everett Hoagland
With an Introduction by Martín Espada
Thirty years of the best published poems by one of our finest African-American Poets
Everett Hoagland is a poet of witness. Well Known by the African-American community for blending language with musical form through sound, image, and rhythm, his poetry is a passionate examination of history, which allows us to neither look away nor forget.
every Fourth of July
I want some country, some—
one to send a replica of one of all
those slave ships over the Middle
Passage to the tall ship parade—
To keep it honest, to make it real, to see. . . .
First published by the historic Broadside Press, Hoagland now offers us thirty years of his best published poems plus a collection of stunning new work.
The temperature of these poems is high, sometimes radiantly warm and loving, sometimes scalding with a sense of justice and injustice. But Hoagland's range is wide. He digs for the poetry in his subjects, never resting in rhetoric but passing through it into something finer and deeper. He writes about Africa; about friendship and fatherhood; about New England, his adopted home; about historical figures who live in his mind and his blood. From Sally Hemings to Winnie Mandela to Amiri Baraka; from his daughter’s birth to the outrage of clitoridectomy, Hoagland’s heart, his intelligence and his power of language interact in this honest and sometimes lacerating collection.
Praise for . . . Here . . ."Everett Hoagland's is the poetry of registered experience, of sharpened perception rationalized into poetic "use" of great effectiveness. What he speaks of through ironies, delineates, derogates, praises. These are crystallized self-revelations, emotionally powered, intellectually burnished, self-possessions of a sensibility still searching for the fullest clarity of Who, What, Where, Why?
"Every person in the world stands in need of a poet/friend,
someone who cares and someone who comprehends. Everett Hoagland is just
such a poet/friend. I sure am glad he's
"The passion of Everett Hoagland's social and historical
consciousness match the skill of his lyrical command and the brilliance of
his imagination. That so much of his work is now reachable in one place is
"This is an important volume. This is a poetry of eloquence and
challenge, rooted in the wisdom of his ancestral past and articulated with
a confident mastery of his craft. Hoagland is a poet whose sensibility has
been seasoned in the rich loam of the black folk heritage where it has
been informed by the full range of the Western literary
Everett Hoagland has won the Gwendolyn Brooks Award and two Massachusetts Poetry Fellowships. His poems have appeared in APR, Iowa Review, Essence and The Progressive. Originally from Philadelphia, he teaches at the University of Massachusetts (Dartmouth) and reads widely around the country. He is the former Poet Laureate of New Bedford, where he makes his home.