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Poetry from Etheridge Knight in Prison (Item)

After serving in the United States army, Knight returned with a shrapnel wound that led him to a drug addiction. In 1960, he was arrested for robbery and served eight years in prison in Indiana. He began writing poetry in prison and recieved visits…

…from prominent African-American literary figures, such as Dudley Randall and Gwendolyn Brooks. There are two collections of poetry from his extended stay at a federal prison and this poetry contirbuted to the Black Arts movement. Knight's This movement…


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