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Biography of Etheridge Knight

Etheridge Knight

Etheridge Knight (1931 - 1991)

Etheridge Knight (b. April 19, 1931, Corinth, Mississippi--d. March 10, 1991, Indianapolis) was an African-American poet who burst onto the scene in 1968 with his debut volume, Poems from Prison. The book recalls in verse his eight-year-long sentence after Etheridge was arrested for robbery in 1960. A prose version was published in Italian as Voce negre dal carcere, and in English as Black Voices from Prison (1970), which includes other prisoners' writings.

Belly Song and Other Poems (1973) dealt with themes of racism and love. Knight believed the poet was a "meddler" or intermediary between the poem and the reader. He elaborated on this concept in his 1980 work Born of a Woman. The Essential Etheridge Knight (1986) is a compilation of Knight's work.

Knight was married to fellow poet Sonia Sanchez.


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7 Poems written by Etheridge Knight

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As You Leave Me
Feeling Fucked Up Comments and analysis of Feeling Fucked Up by Etheridge Knight 53 Comments
The Violent Space (Or When Your Sister Sleeps Around For Money) Comments and analysis of The Violent Space (Or When Your Sister Sleeps Around For Money) by Etheridge Knight 2 Comments
A Poem For Myself
The Idea of Ancestry

Poetry Speaks (book)

Dark Prophecy: I Sing Of Shine Comments and analysis of Dark Prophecy: I Sing Of Shine by Etheridge Knight 53 Comments

The Essential Ethridge Knight

Hard Rock Returns To Prison From The Hospital For The Criminal Insane Comments and analysis of Hard Rock Returns To Prison From The Hospital For The Criminal Insane by Etheridge Knight 43 Comments


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