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The Future of Black

The Future of Black

Afrofuturism, Black Comics, and Superhero Poetry

Gary Jackson, Len Lawson, Cynthia Manick
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The expansion of Marvel and DC Comics’ characters such as Black Panther, Luke Cage, and Black Lightning in film and on television has created a proliferation of poetry in this genre―receiving wide literary and popular attention.

This groundbreaking collection highlights work from poets who have written verse within this growing tradition, including Terrance Hayes, Lucille Clifton, Gill Scott-Heron, A. Van Jordan, Glenis Redmond, Tracy K. Smith, Teri Ellen Cross Davis, Joshua Bennett, Douglas Kearney, Tara Betts, Frank X Walker, Tyree Daye, and others. In addition, the anthology will also feature the work of artists such as John Jennings and Najee Dorsey, showcasing their interpretations of superheroes, Black comic characters, Afrofuturistic images from the African diaspora.


Gary Jackson is the author of the poetry collection Missing You, Metropolis (Graywolf, 2010), which received the 2009 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in numerous literary journals including Callaloo, Tin House, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Crab Orchard Review.

Len Lawson is the author of Chime (Get Fresh Books, 2019), the chapbook Before the Night Wakes You (Finishing Line Press, 2017), and co-editor of Hand in Hand: Poets Respond to Race (Muddy Ford Press, 2017). He has received fellowships from Tin House, Callaloo, Vermont Studio Center, and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. His website is

Cynthia Manick is the author of Blue Hallelujahs (Black Lawrence Press, 2016), which won the 2016 Lascaux Prize in Collected Poetry, and editor of Soul Sister Revue: A Poetry Compilation (Jamii Publishing, 2019). She has received fellowships from Cave Canem, Hedgebrook, and MacDowell Colony. Her website is


  • Publisher: Blair (November 2, 2021)
  • Language: English
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • ISBN-10: 1949467678
  • ISBN-13: 9781949467673
  • Item Weight: 1.11 pounds
  • Dimensions: 6 x 9 inches
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