Birmingham City Council

Black and Asian British Poets


An Introductory Book List

Compiled by Arts, Languages and Literature Service, Floor 3, Central Library,
Chamberlain Square, Birmingham B3 3HQ, Telephone 0121 303 4227
E-mail:arts.library@birmingham.go.uk
www.birmingham.gov.uk/artslibrary


This select list is intended as an introduction to Library resources and websites. To locate works relating to these poets please check the library catalogue or ask the staff for help. Lending copies can be requested at any Community Library, at the Central Library or through the online catalogue.

If you are visiting BirminghamLibraries, copies of the list can be obtained from Arts, Languages and Literature, Floor 3, Central Library, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham B3 3HQ and via your local Community Library.

It is hoped that the list will encourage and stimulate interest in these poets and their works.



Poetry Place



AGARD, John
Weblines
ALL 828.9972901
AGBABI, Patience
Transformatrix
ALL 821.9
ALVI, Moniza
How the stone found its voice
ALL 821.9


BENJI
Scribe Sistren
ALL 821.9
BERRY, James
Chain of days
ALL 828.9972901
BHATT, Sujata
A Colour for solitude
ALL 821.9
BLAKE, Julie
Spirit inspired poetry
(Lending Only)
BLOOM, Valerie
Touch mi, tell mi
ALL 828.9972901
BREEZE, Jean Binta
Spring cleaning
ALL 828.9972901
BROWN, Stewart
Specimens
ALL Ap821.91
BURFORD, Barbara
Dancing the tightrope
ALL 821.0080354


CHARLES, Faustin
Expatriate
ALL A898.901
CHATTERJEE, Debjani
Little bridge
ALL 821.9108
COLLINS, Merle
Lady in a boat
ALL 828.9972901


DAGUIAR, Fred
Airy hall
ALL 821.9
DABYDEEN, David
Coolie odyssey
ALL A821.91
DAS, Mahadai
Bones
ALL A811.54
DAWES, Kwame
Jacko Jackobus
ALL 828.9972901

DE SOUZA, Eunice
Ways of belonging
ALL A891.401
DOUG, Roshan
Delusions
ALL 821.9
DOUGLAS,J D
Caribbean man blues
ALL A821.914


EVARISTO, Bernardine
Island of Abraham
(Lending Only)


FIGUEROA, John
Carribbean voices
ALL 828.997290108


GARRISON, Len
Beyond Babylon
ALL 828.9972901
GHOSE, Zulfikar
Jets from orange
ALL 821.9
GLYNN,Martin
Ancestral whispers
(Lending Only)
GOODISON, Lorna
Goldengrove
ALL 811.5


HUNTLEY,Accabre
Easter Monday blues
(Lending Only)


JALLOW-RUTHERFORD,Semba
Chapters in life
ALL 828.99729201
JOHNSON, Amryl
Gorgons
ALL 821.9
JOHNSON, Linton Kwesi
Mi revalueshanary fren
ALL 821.9


KAY, Jackie
Darling
ALL 821.9
KAZMI,Basir Sultan
Little bridge
ALL 821.9108
KWABENA, Roi
Whether or not
ALL 821.914

McNAB, Angela
Damaged goods
ALL A821.914
MARKHAM, E. A.
Misapprehensions
ALL 821.9
MUNDAIR, Raman
Lovers, liars, conjurers and thieves
(Lending only)


NICHOLS, Grace
Startling the flying fish
ALL 821.9


OLAHERTY, Thomas
Love, hate, racism and understanding
ALL Ap821.914
OKIGBO, Christopher
Collected Poems
ALL 828.99601
OYEBODE, Femi
Wednesday is a colour
ALL A821.914


PRESCOD, Marsha
Land of rope and tory
ALL 828.9972901


RAJENDRA, Cecil
Lovers, lunatics and lallang
ALL 899.281


SISSAY, Lemn
Rebel without applause
ALL 821.9
SOLANKI, Mahendra
Shadows of my making
ALL Ap821.91
SPICY FINGERS
Black emotions
ALL 821.9
SULTER, Maud
As a blackwoman
ALL 821.9


VASSEL, Nevel
Poems calling out
ALL A821.9


ZEPHANIAH, Benjamin
Too black, too strong
ALL 821.9

Please note ALL (Arts, Language and Literature) material can only be used in the Library.

Anthologies

AGARD, John ed.
A Caribbean dozen, a collection of poems
ALL 811.008 Starting Point
Lending copies available

BERRY, James ed.
News for Babylon: the Chatto book of Westindian-British Poetry.
ALL 828.997290108 BER
Lending copies available

DAWES, Kwame
Wheel and Come Again
ALL 828.997290108
Lending copies available

DHONDY, Farrukh
Ranters, ravers and rhymes: poems by Black and Asian Poets
ALL 821.9108 Starting Point
Lending copies available

FRANCE, Linda ed.
Sixty women poets.
ALL 821.00809287

HABEKOST, Christian ed.
Dub poetry: nineteen poets from England and Jamaica.
ALL 828.997290108 HAB
Lending copies available

HOYLES, Asher
Moving voices - black performance poetry
ALL 821.9108 HOY
Lending copies available

McCARTHY, Karen
Bittersweet: Contemporary Black Women's Poetry
ALL 821.00809287
Lending copies available

SISSAY, Lemn
Fire People: a collection of contemporary black british poets
ALL 821.0080896041
Lending copies available

Background Information

Aaghee (2000)
Write track: bilingual prose and poetry by Asian women writers in Birmingham
ALL 820.809287
Lending copies available

ARTISTE, Cindy ed.
Black and priceless, the power of black ink
ALL 820.809287 ART
Lending copies available

BENSON, Eugene & CONOLLY, L. W. eds. (1994)
Encyclopedia of post-colonial literature in English 2 vols.
ALL K828.990903

BROCK, Edwin ed. (1966)
PENGUIN Modern Poets Vol. 8
ALL A821.91408 PEN

CHATTERJEE, Debjani ed. (2000)
The Redbeck anthology of British South Asia poetry.
ALL 821.920808914 CHA
Lending copies available

CONTEMPORARY AUTHORS. 2000
ALL BQ 928

LITERATURE RESOURCE CENTRE
including Contemporary Authors
(now available on home, college and office computers if you have a library card)

DABYDEEN, David (1988, 1997)
A readers guide to Westindian and black British Literature
ALL 828.9972909 DAB
Lending copies available

DENNIS, Ferdinand & KHAN, Naseem eds. (2000)
Voices of the crossing, the impact of Britain on writers from Asia, the Caribbean and Africa
ALL 828.995 DEN
Lending copies available

DICTIONARY OF LITERARY BIOGRAPHY
Vols 117, 125, 157
ALL BQ 810.3 DIC

GUPTARA, Prabhu (1986)
Black British Literature; an annotated bibliography.
ALL A013.03

NEWLAND, Courttia ed. (2000)
1C3: Penguin book of new Black British writing.
Lending copies available

OWUSU, Kwesi (2000)
Black British culture and society: a text reader.
Lending copies available

PROCTER, James ed. (2000)
Writing Black Britain1948-98: an interdisciplinary anthology.
ALL 820.80896041 PRO
Lending copies available

RUTHERFORD, Anna ed. (1992)
From Commonwealth to post-colonial.
ALL 828.9909 RUT

SLEMON, Stephen & TIFFIN, Helen eds. (1989)
After Europe: critical theory and post-colonial writing.
ALL 801.95 SLE

SLIVERS (1997)
An anthology of South Asian poetry in Britain.Lending copies available
ALL 821.920808914 SLI

Articles

Black and Asian British Poets information file.
Copies of these articles are available for use in the Library.
ALL 821.008 BLA

BINTA BREEZE, Jean ed.
Word Sound Power
Critical Quarterly, Vol 38 No. 4 Winter 1996
ALL B820.5

Mangoes, rice and peas: poetry from South Asia and the Caribbean
Poetry Review, Winter 2000/2001, vol. 90, No. 4
ALL B 808.1

RAMEY, Lauri (1998)
Bittersweet: Contemporary Black Women's Poetry
from Ishmael Reed's Konch magazine
www.ishmaelreedpub.com/articles/ramey.html

WRIGHT, C
Anansis transformations
Poetry Review, Autumn 2000
ALL BQ 808.1

Periodicals

WASAFIRI perspectives on African, Caribbean,
Asian and Black British literature
ALL BQ 820.80996

Special Editions:No. 26 Autumn 1997 + No. 29 Spring 1999


Websites

BBC Education-Windrush
www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/modern/windrush_01.shtml

London Libraries Recommended, Black Poets Ink - a selection of poetry chosen by London Librarians to give you a flavour of published and performance verse by Black writers.
www.londonlibraries.org/servlets/llr/bpi


Black History in Birmingham Libraries
Black and Asian Artists in the UK
Black and Asian British Dramatists
Black and Asian British Fiction Writers
Black and Asian Theatre and Dance
ALL subject Area - Foreign Literature
ALL Subject Area - Literatures in English