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Author: HARPER, MICHAEL S
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Harper, Michael S.    Poet's Biography
51 poems available by this author


1962: VETERANS' DAY: UCLA STUDY REGIMEN: SOME INDIANA (HOOSIER KLAN REFLECTIONS)       
First Line: They are counting the names of the vietnam veterans names on the mall
Subject(s): Lin, Maya (B. 1959); Vietnam Veterans Memorial (Washington, D.c.); African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


A NARRATIVE OF THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JOHN COLTRANE: PLAYED BY HIMSELF    Poem Text    
First Line: I don't remember train whistles
Last Line: I thought would bring me that sound.
Subject(s): Coltrane, John (1926-1967); Jazz; Music & Musicians


ADVICE TO CLINTON (1)       
First Line: Reread a. Lincoln's 2nd inaugural
Last Line: The old' substance masquerading anew
Subject(s): Clinton, William Jefferson (B. 1946); Clinton, Bill


ADVICE TO CLINTON (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: Re race rituals look up elaine
Subject(s): Clinton, William Jefferson (B. 1946); Clinton, Bill


AMERICAN HISTORY    Poem Text    
First Line: Those four black girls blown up
Subject(s): African Americans - Women


ANCIENT HISTORY, UNDYING LOVE       
First Line: You were a hidden treasure and loved to be known, beloved
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Innocence


ARCHIVES; COOPERSTOWN, N.Y.    Poem Text    
First Line: Photos and clippings fade; / no one can find a real signature
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


BANDSTAND       
First Line: Monk's dissonant hat
Last Line: Who could dance
Subject(s): Jazz; Monk, Thelonious (1917-1982); Music & Musicians


BIRD LIVES': CHARLES PARKER IN ST. LOUIS       
First Line: Last on legs, last on sax
Last Line: "bird lives! Bird lives! And you do:
Subject(s): Jazz; Music & Musicians; Parker, Charlie ('bird') (1920-1955)


BLUES ALABAMA    Poem Text    
First Line: She's blacker
Last Line: A blessing of hatred
Subject(s): African Americans - Song & Music; African Americans - Women


CANNON ARRESTED       
First Line: Somethin' else and / kind of blue
Last Line: Wickered in vestibule, drifting away
Subject(s): Adderly, Cannonball (1928-1975); Jazz; Music & Musicians


CLAN MEETING: BIRTH AND NATIONS: A BLOOD SING    Poem Text    
First Line: We reconstruct lives in the intensive
Last Line: We take our bundle and go home
Subject(s): African Americans; Klu Klux Klan; Negroes; American Blacks


DAY ROOM: ST. ELIZABETHS HOSPITAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Back on medication / he takes inventory
Subject(s): Insanity; Madness; Mental Illness


DEAR JOHN, DEAR COLTRANE    Poem Text    
First Line: Sex fingers toes / in the marketplace
Subject(s): Coltrane, John (1926-1967); Jazz; Music & Musicians


DEBRIDEMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: Black men are oaks cut down.
Last Line: Carried out our assignment / with procision
Subject(s): African Americans - Military


DOUBLE ELEGY    Poem Text    
First Line: Whatever city or country road
Last Line: Of ohio and michigan
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


DRIVING THE BIG CHRYSLER ACROSS THE COUNTRY OF MY BIRTH       
First Line: I would wait for the tunnels
Last Line: In this sunship from motown.
Subject(s): Jazz; Music & Musicians


EGYPTOLOGY       
First Line: The guide announces himself
Last Line: All the time I have in egypt
Subject(s): Egyptology


ELVIN'S BLUES       
First Line: Sniffed, dilating my nostrils
Last Line: With only itself to love
Subject(s): Drugs & Drug Abuse; Jazz; Music & Musicians; Sex; Jones, Elvin (1927-2004); Narcotics; Opium; Cocaine; Crack; Heroin


EVE (RACHEL)       
First Line: I have been waiting to speak to you
Last Line: In these bodies of soiled, broken, mending hands
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters


FOR BUD; FOR BUD POWELL    Poem Text    
First Line: Could it be, bud
Last Line: Enough for you
Subject(s): Jazz; Music & Musicians; Powell, Bud (Earl) (1924-1966)


GRANDFATHER    Poem Text    
First Line: In 1915 my grandfather's / neighbors surrounded his house
Subject(s): African Americans; Grandparents; Negroes; American Blacks; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers


HERE WHERE COLTRANE IS    Poem Text    
First Line: Soul and race
Subject(s): African Americans - Song & Music; Coltrane, John (1926-1967); Jazz; Music & Musicians


HOMAGE TO THE BROWN BOMBER    Poem Text    
First Line: Speed of the punch, / its dancing, rhythmic fluency
Last Line: "bright lungs blanching tomorrows,
Subject(s): Sports


JAZZ STATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Above the freeway, over the music,
Last Line: In squat pigeontoes, and this beach ball sings
Subject(s): Music & Musicians


KIN    Poem Text    
First Line: When news cane that yiour mother'd
Last Line: As your own birthmark of his scream
Subject(s): Family Life; Death Mothers; Relatives; Dead, The


LAST AFFAIR: BESSIE'S BLUES SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: Disarticulated / arm torn out
Subject(s): African Americans - Women; Blues (Music); Singing & Singers; Smith, Bessie (1894-1937); Songs


MADIMBA: GWENDOLYN BROOKS    Poem Text    
First Line: Double-conscious sister in the veil
Subject(s): Brooks, Gwendolyn (1917-2000)


MAKIN' JUMP SHOTS    Poem Text    
First Line: He waltzes into the lane / 'cross the free-throw line
Subject(s): Sports


MESSAGES AS TRANSLATION    Poem Text    
First Line: With all of sterling's poems in spanish
Subject(s): Language; Spain; Translating & Interpreting; Words; Vocabulary


MULE    Poem Text    
First Line: Whereas the donkey neighs its ardor
Subject(s): Asses & Mules; Mules


MY AUNT ELLA MAE    Poem Text    
First Line: She was the first to tell me of juneteenth
Subject(s): Aunts; African Americans; Family Life; Negroes; American Blacks; Relatives


MY BOOK ON TRANE     Poem Text    
First Line: Waiting in lineups
Last Line: "the steam coming off his wet clothes
Subject(s): Coltrane, John (1926-1967)


MY FATHER AT 75       
First Line: He makes his own soup from scratch
Last Line: Penchant of a man who contends to stay home
Subject(s): Fathers


MY FATHER'S FACE        Recitation
First Line: Over his fastidious hands
Subject(s): Fathers


NEW SEASON    Poem Text    
First Line: My woman has picked up all the leaves
Last Line: Her song is our new season
Subject(s): Love


NIGHTMARE BEGINS RESPONSIBILITY    Poem Text    
First Line: I place these numbed wrists to the pane
Last Line: Nightmare begins responsibilit
Subject(s): Death - Children; Racism; Death - Babies; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry


ON BRODSKY'S COLLECTED    Poem Text    
First Line: Signature in a paperback / arresting your copious
Subject(s): Brodsky, Joseph (1940-1996)


PATRICE LUMUMBA    Poem Text    
First Line: Leopoldville / is the acid
Subject(s): Lumumba, Patrice (1925-1961)


PAUL LAURENCE DUNBAR: 1872-1906    Poem Text    
First Line: One hundred years of headrags, bandages
Subject(s): Dunbar, Paul Laurence (1872-1906)


PAUL ROBESON       
First Line: I find nothing of your face
Last Line: In a milky sky
Subject(s): Robeson, Paul (1898-1976)


PEACE ON EARTH       
First Line: Tunes come to me at morning
Last Line: A love supreme:
Subject(s): Jazz; Music & Musicians


REMEMBER MEXICO    Poem Text    
First Line: Villages of high quality
Subject(s): Mexico


SANDRA: AT THE BEAVER TRAP    Poem Text    
First Line: Nose only above water
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


SAVAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: The savage broke the walls out
Last Line: The experiment not yet done
Subject(s): Racism


SINATRA': 1915-98    Poem Text    
First Line: My father, born in the same year
Last Line: Of how to win when up against the wall, always
Subject(s): Sinatra, Frank (1915-1998)


STUTTERER    Poem Text    
First Line: No matter where he looks
Subject(s): Speech Disorders; Stuttering; Muteness


THE GHOST OF SOULMAKING: FOR RUTH OPPENHEIM       
First Line: The ghost appears in the dark of winter
Subject(s): Ghosts; Jews; Supernatural; Judaism


TONGUE-TIED IN BLACK AND WHITE    Poem Text    
First Line: In los angeles / while the mountains cleared of smog
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


WE ASSUME: ON THE DEATH OF OUR SON, REUBEN MASAI HARPER    Poem Text    
First Line: We assume / that in 28 hours
Last Line: You did not know we loved you.
Subject(s): Death - Children; Death - Babies


WHAT I MEAN BY PUBLIC PARLANCE; FOR MARILYN CHIN       
First Line: You are naked of course
Subject(s): Chin, Marilyn