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Explorations in Sights and Sounds
A New Book of African Verse, edited by John Reed and Clive Wake, is actually a new edition of A Book of African Verse, which appeared in 1964 just as black literature of Africa and of the United States was gaining recognition, particularly in academic circles. The authors' intention has been consistently modest. From the first, the authors chose works from contemporary poets of French or English expression from Africa south of the Sahara. Certainly in 1964 their first volume brought attention to almost unknown poetry and was useful as " an introduction to new readers of African poetry."
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