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This Is The Honey: An Anthology of Contemporary Black Poets edited by Kwame Alexander (Hardcover)

This Is The Honey: An Anthology of Contemporary Black Poets edited by Kwame Alexander (Hardcover)

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Poetry Collection - Anthology - African American and Black


A breathtaking poetry collection on hope, heart, and heritage from the most prominent and promising Black poets and writers of our time, edited by Why Fathers Cry at Night author and #1 New York Times bestselling author Kwame Alexander.

In this comprehensive and vibrant poetry anthology, bestselling author and poet Kwame Alexander curates a collection of contemporary anthems at turns tender and piercing and deeply inspiring throughout. Featuring work from well-loved poets such as Rita Dove, Jericho Brown, Warsan Shire, Ross Gay, Tracy K. Smith, Terrance Hayes, Morgan Parker, and Nikki Giovanni, This Is the Honey is a rich and abundant offering of language from the poets giving voice to generations of resilient joy, “each incantation,” as Mahogany L. Browne puts it in her titular poem, is “a jubilee of a people dreaming wildly.”
This essential collection, in the tradition of Dudley Randall’s The Black Poets and E. Ethelbert Miller’s In Search of Color Everywhere, contains poems exploring joy, love, origin, race, resistance, and praise. Jacqueline A.Trimble likens “Black woman joy” to indigo, tassels, foxes, and peacock plumes. Tyree Daye, Nate Marshall, and Elizabeth Acevedo reflect on the meaning of “home” through food, from Cuban rice and beans to fried chicken gizzards. Clint Smith and Cameron Awkward-Rich enfold us in their intimate musings on love and devotion. From a “jewel in the hand” (Patricia Spears Jones) to “butter melting in small pools” (Elizabeth Alexander), This Is the Honey drips with poignant and delightful imagery, music, and raised fists.
Fresh, memorable, and deeply moving, this definitive collection a must-have for any lover of language and a gift for our time.


Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, publisher, and #1 New York Times Bestselling author of 40 books, including Why Fathers Cry At Night: A Memoir in Love Poems, Recipes, Letters, and RemembrancesThe Door of No Return, and Light for the World to See: A Thousand Words on Race and Hope. A contributor to NPR's Morning Edition, Alexander is the recipient of two Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Awards, the Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award, three NAACP Image Award nominations, and the 2017 Inaugural Pat Conroy Legacy Award. He is the creator and executive producer of The Disney+ series The Crossover, based on his Newbery-Medal winning novel. You can listen to his podcast, Why Fathers Cry, and find him online at

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