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Visionary Women Writers of Chicago's Black Arts Movement$
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Carmen L. Phelps

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781617036804

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617036804.001.0001

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Mirrors of Deception

Mirrors of Deception

Invisible, Untouchable, Beautiful Blackness in Johari Amini’s Black Art

(p.76) Chapter Three Mirrors of Deception
Visionary Women Writers of Chicago's Black Arts Movement

Carmen L. Phelps

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter explores the character of Johari Amini’s poetic works. Amini’s first published collection of poetic works, Images in Black (1967), served as a critique of images, iconography, and visual references that commonly viewed aesthetic conventions that defined black culture and identity. Amini’s poetry projected the preeminent community and nation building goals that embodied the goals of the Black Arts Movement.

Keywords:   black culture, nation building, Black Arts Movement, Johari Amini, Images in Black

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