A remarkable collection of poetry by such authors as Paul Laurence Dunbar, Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Amiri Baraka, with commentary and a discussion of the development of African American arts known as the Harlem Renaissance....
|Title||:||Shimmy Shimmy Shimmy Like My Sister Kate: Looking At The Harlem Renaissance Through Poems|
|Number of Pages||:||208 Pages|
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Shimmy Shimmy Shimmy Like My Sister Kate: Looking At The Harlem Renaissance Through Poems Reviews
Before I read this book, I loved poetry. After reading this book, I loved it even more. :)
I have the honor of having an autographed copy and count it amongst my riches.
A better subtitle for this book might be “Looking at African American Poetry in the 20th Century.” While this is a lovely survey of poetry by African American writers, only about half of the slim book contains poems penned by writers considered part of the Harlem Renaissance. Some of the writers featured weren’t even born until after the Harlem Renaissance. Yes, Dr. Giovanni makes a comment about how, to her, the Harlem Renaissance has never ended, but it’s a weak excuse. Doubly so since the poems she selected even demonstrate the transformation between the generations and their shifting worldviews.This is otherwise a good collection – it reminded me of the best parts of being in school, of taking an English class and being introduced to authors I’d never before read and learning a bit about all of them. The information surrounding the poems is both academic and personal, the sort of things you’d hear if you asked a friend why they like a certain poem. Given the current trend of using the word “curate” for any number of things (clothing lines and albums, to name two), I’d like to suggest that this is a more accurate use of the world. Dr. Giovanni did indeed use her expertise to curate a collection of poems for readers interested in learning about the subject.But the Harlem Renaissance is a distinctive time in history. Call this collection what it is: a survey of 20th Century African American poets. That’s not a bad thing: I enjoyed seeing how black writers reformed and reinterpreted the African American community’s place in the country and how different eras (especially the Civil Rights Movement) transformed that understanding. Highly recommended.
Poetry can be as dangerous as a machete (I know machetes and that's why my husband has banned me from ever touching any of the machetes in our house - another story) as this compilation of Harlem Renaissance poems demonstrates. These poems address injustice, the great injustices visited upon African-Americans, picking that injustice up and defining it in a hundred different ways, making it malleable, mocking it, and all the while celebrating the indomitable human spirit that refuses to be cowed. I recognized about half of the poems and was thrilled to meet poems I had somehow missed. Nikki Giovanni writes about each poem - and her literary analysis mixed with historical and personal perspective would make this a book one that almost all high school students would be able to understand and access.
This book uses poetry of a range of African American writers and commentary by Giovanni to tell the history of the Harlem Renaissance and how it affected even regular people in their everyday lives. The poems are grouped by author and the authors are arranged in chronological order by their birth years, to protray the progression of history and events.