Collected Poems

Robert Hayden (Author), Frederick Glaysher (Editor)

With an Introduction by Reginald Dwayne Betts, With an Afterword by Arnold Rampersad

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Overview | Inside the Book

An exquisite body of work celebrating the centennial of one of the most important African-American poets of the twentieth century.

Robert Hayden was one of the most important American poets of the twentieth century. He left behind an exquisite body of work, collected in this definitive edition, including A Ballad of Remembrance, Words in the Mourning Time, The Night-Blooming Cereus, Angle of Ascent, and American Journal, which was nominated for a National Book Award. Also included is an introduction by American poet Reginald Dwayne Betts, as well as an afterword by Arnold Rampersad that provides a critical and historical context. In Hayden’s work the actualities of history and culture became the launching places for flights of imagination and intelligence. His voice—characterized by musical diction and an exquisite feeling for the formality of pattern—is a seminal one in American life and literature.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • April 2013
  • ISBN 978-0-87140-679-8
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 240 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

Endorsements & Reviews

“This luminescent volume reaffirms the beauty and power of his poetry… An enlightening and exciting reclamation of an essential American poet of suffering and radiance.” — Booklist

“When I read his poetry I know that I am in the presence of a man who honors language. His images give the reader a new experience of the world.” — Julius Lester, New York Times Book Review

“Hayden was a remembrancer, a poet of faith and superb execution, and one of the best teachers by example one can find in the poetry of the twentieth century, or in any age. His words enhance and engage us as awakened selves, a nation in process, an abiding transcendent world voice.” — Michael S. Harper

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  1. Book CoverAmerican Journal: Poems


  2. Book CoverAngle of Ascent: New and Selected Poems


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