Roses and Revolutions
The Selected Writings of Dudley Randall
Roses and Revolutions: The Selected Writings of Dudley Randall is arranged in seven sections: "Images from Black Bottom," "Wars: At Home and Abroad," "The Civil Rights Era," "Poems on Miscellaneous Subjects," "Love Poems," "Dialectics of the Black Aesthetic," and "The Last Leap of the Muse." Poems and prose are mixed throughout the volume and are arranged roughly chronologically. Taken as a whole, Randall's writings showcase his skill as a wordsmith and his affinity for themes of love, human contradictions, and political action. His essays further contextualize his work by revealing his views on race and writing, aesthetic form, and literary and political history. Editor Melba Joyce Boyd introduces this collection with an overview of Randall's life and career.
The collected writings in Roses and Revolutions not only confirm the talent and the creative intellect of Randall as an author and editor but also demonstrate why his voice remains relevant and impressive in the twenty-first century. Randall was named the first Poet Laureate of the City of Detroit and received numerous awards for his literary work, including the Life Achievement Award from the National Endowment of the Arts in 1986. Students and teachers of African American literature as well as readers of poetry will appreciate this landmark volume.
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"Roses and Revolutions is a seminal addition to any literary collection focusing on African American literary history."—The Midwest Book Review
"In this brilliant-and necessary-book, Melba Joyce Boyd has made accessible in one volume the major body of Dudley Randall's work. She combines in thematic sections related genres, which illustrate the variety and scope of his writing. Her insightful introduction provides helpful biographical information and a road map for reading the book. Roses and Revolutions is a major scholarly achievement."—Naomi Long Madgett, Poet Laureate of Detroit and Professor of English Emerita at Eastern Michigan University
"An elegantly introduced and lovingly edited volume befitting the prodigious labors of a brilliant and loving poet. A fine gift to Black literary and cultural studies."—Houston A. Baker, Jr., Distinguished University Professor of English at Vanderbilt University
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