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Hughes, James Langston    Poet's Biography
Alternate Author Name(s): Hughes, Langston
116 poems available by this author


125TH STREET    Poem Text    
First Line: Face like a chocolate bar
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


50-50    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm all alone in this world, she said
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


A HOUSE IN TAOS       
First Line: Rain / thunder of the rain god
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


ADVICE    Poem Text    
First Line: Folks, I'm telling you
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


AFRO-AMERICAN FRAGMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: So long, / so far away
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


AMERICAN HEARTBREAK    Poem Text    
First Line: I am the american heartbreak
Subject(s): African Americans; Hypocrisy; Negroes; American Blacks


APRIL RAIN SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: Let the rain kiss you
Subject(s): African Americans; April; Spring; Negroes; American Blacks


AS I GREW OLDER    Poem Text    
First Line: It was a long time ago
Subject(s): African Americans; Aging; Negroes; American Blacks


AUNT SUE'S STORIES    Poem Text    
First Line: Aunt sue has a head full of stories
Subject(s): African Americans; Family Life; Negroes; American Blacks; Relatives


BAD LUCK CARD    Poem Text    
First Line: Cause you don't love me
Subject(s): African Americans; Luck; Negroes; American Blacks


BAD MORNING    Poem Text    
First Line: Here I sit / with my shoes mismated
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


BALLAD OF THE LANDLORD    Poem Text    
First Line: Landlord, landlord. / my roof has sprung a leak
Subject(s): African Americans; Landlords & Tenants; Negroes; American Blacks


BE-BOP BOYS    Poem Text    
First Line: Imploring mecca
Last Line: With decca.
Subject(s): African Americans; Jazz; Music & Musicians; Negroes; American Blacks


BOOGIE: 1 A.M.       
First Line: Good evening, daddy! / I know you've heard
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


BORDER LINE    Poem Text    
First Line: I used to wonder / about living and dying
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


BOUND NO'TH BLUES    Poem Text    
First Line: Goin' down the road, lawd
Last Line: Fit fer a hoppin' toad.
Subject(s): African Americans; Blues (Mood); Music & Musicians; Negroes; American Blacks


BRASS SPITTOONS    Poem Text    
First Line: Clean the spittoons, boy
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


CAFE: 3 A.M.    Poem Text    
First Line: Detectives from the vice squad
Subject(s): African Americans; Gays & Lesbians; Negroes; American Blacks; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


CAROL OF THE BROWN KING    Poem Text    
First Line: Of the three wise men
Subject(s): African Americans; Christmas; Negroes; American Blacks; Nativity, The


CHILDREN'S RHYMES (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: When I was a chile we used to play
Variant Title(s): Children's Hymns
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


COLLEGE FORMAL: RENAISSANCE CASINO    Poem Text    
First Line: Golden girl / in a golden gown
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


CROON       
First Line: I don't give a damn
Subject(s): African Americans; Alabama; Negroes; American Blacks


CROSS    Poem Text    
First Line: My old man's a white old man
Subject(s): African Americans; Intermarriage; Negroes; American Blacks


DANSE AFRICAINE    Poem Text    
First Line: The low beating of the tom-toms
Variant Title(s): African Dance
Subject(s): African Americans; Dancing & Dancers; Negroes; American Blacks


DAYBREAK IN ALABAMA    Poem Text    
First Line: When I get to be a composer
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


DIVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Lenox avenue / by daylight
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


DREAM BOOGIE    Poem Text    
First Line: Good morning, daddy!
Subject(s): African Americans; Jazz; Music & Musicians; Negroes; American Blacks


DREAM VARIATIONS [OR, VARIATION]    Poem Text    
First Line: To fling my arms wide
Variant Title(s): Dream Variations
Subject(s): African Americans; Imagination; Nature; Negroes; American Blacks; Fancy


DRUM    Poem Text    
First Line: Bear in mind / that death is a drum
Subject(s): African Americans; Death; Negroes; American Blacks; Dead, The


EARLY EVENING QUARREL       
First Line: Where is that sugar, hammond
Subject(s): African Americans; Quarrels; Negroes; American Blacks; Arguments; Disagreements


ELEVATOR BOY    Poem Text    
First Line: I got a job now
Subject(s): African Americans; Elevators; Negroes; American Blacks


ENNUI    Poem Text    
First Line: It's such a / bore
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


FACT       
First Line: There's been an eagle on a nickel
Subject(s): African Americans; Money; Negroes; American Blacks


FANTASY IN PURPLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Beat the drums of tragedy for me
Subject(s): African Americans; Death; Negroes; American Blacks; Dead, The


FEET O' JESUS    Poem Text    
First Line: At the feet o' jesus
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


FINAL CURVE    Poem Text    
First Line: When you turn the corner
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


FLATTED FIFTHS    Poem Text    
First Line: Little cullud boys with beards
Last Line: And dig all plays.
Subject(s): African Americans; Jazz; Music & Musicians; Negroes; American Blacks


FREEDOM TRAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: I read in the papers about the / freedom train
Subject(s): African Americans; Racism; Railroads; Negroes; American Blacks; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry; Railways; Trains


GENIUS CHILD    Poem Text    
First Line: This is a song for the genius child
Subject(s): Genius


GOOD MORNING    Poem Text    
First Line: Good morning, daddy! / I was born here, he said
Variant Title(s): From Montage Of A Dream Deferred: Good Morning
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


GRADUATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Cinnamon and rayon / jet and coconut eyes
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


GYPSY MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Ma man's a gypsy / cause he never does come home
Last Line: Sho can't find no ease.
Subject(s): African Americans; Love - Nature Of; Negroes; American Blacks


HARD DADDY    Poem Text    
First Line: I went to ma daddy
Subject(s): African Americans; Fathers & Daughters; Negroes; American Blacks


HARLEM    Poem Text    
First Line: What happens to a dream deferred
Variant Title(s): Dream Deferred;lenox Avenue Mural;harlem: 2;from Montage Of A Dream Deferred: Harlem (2)
Subject(s): African Americans; Dreams; Gays & Lesbians; Men; Racism; Negroes; American Blacks; Nightmares; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry


HELEN KELLER    Poem Text    
First Line: She, / in the dark
Last Line: Of inner power.
Subject(s): African Americans; Keller, Helen (1880-1968); Negroes; American Blacks


HIGH TO LOW       
First Line: God knows / we have our troubles, too
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


HOMESICK BLUES    Poem Text    
First Line: De railroad bridge's / a sad song in de air
Subject(s): African Americans; Blues (Music); Homesickness; Railroads; Negroes; American Blacks; Railways; Trains


HOPE    Poem Text    
First Line: Sometimes when I'm lonely
Subject(s): African Americans; Friendship; Negroes; American Blacks


HOPE    Poem Text    
First Line: He rose up on his dying bed / and asked for fish
Subject(s): African Americans; Friendship; Negroes; American Blacks


I, TOO    Poem Text    
First Line: I, too, sing america. / I am the darker brother
Last Line: I, too, am america.
Variant Title(s): Epilogue;i, Too, Sing America
Subject(s): African Americans; United States; Negroes; American Blacks; America


JAM SESSION    Poem Text    
First Line: Letting midnight / out on bail
Last Line: Pop-a-da
Subject(s): African Americans; Jazz; Music & Musicians; Negroes; American Blacks


JAZZONIA    Poem Text    
First Line: Oh, silver tree!
Last Line: Six long-headed jazzers play.
Subject(s): African Americans; Blues (Music); Jazz; Music & Musicians; Negroes; American Blacks


JUKE BOX LOVE SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: I could take the harlem night
Subject(s): African Americans; Harlem (New York City); Love; Singing & Singers; Negroes; American Blacks; Songs


KU KLUX    Poem Text    
First Line: They took me out
Subject(s): African Americans; Ku Klux Klan; Negroes; American Blacks


LADY'S BOOGIE    Poem Text    
First Line: See that lady / dressed so fine?
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


LET AMERICA BE AMERICA AGAIN    Poem Text    


LIFE IS FINE    Poem Text    
First Line: I went down to the river
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


LITTLE LYRIC (OF GREAT IMPORTANCE)    Poem Text    
First Line: I wish the rent
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


LONG TRIP    Poem Text    
First Line: The sea is a wilderness of waves
Subject(s): African Americans; Sea; Negroes; American Blacks; Ocean


LOW TO HIGH    Poem Text    
First Line: How can you forget me?
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


LUCK    Poem Text    
First Line: Sometimes a crumb falls
Subject(s): African Americans; Luck; Negroes; American Blacks


MA MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: When my man looks at me
Last Line: Eagle-rockish as I kin be!
Variant Title(s): My Man


MADAM AND THE PHONE BILL    Poem Text    
First Line: You say I o.K.Ed / long distance?
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


MADAM'S CALLING CARDS    Poem Text    
First Line: I had some cards printed
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


MADAM'S PAST HISTORY    Poem Text    
First Line: My name is johnson
Subject(s): African Americans; United States; Negroes; American Blacks; America


ME AND THE MULE    Poem Text    
First Line: My old mule / he's got a grin on his face
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


MERRY-GO-ROUND    Poem Text    
First Line: Where is the jim crow section
Subject(s): African Americans; Social Protest; Negroes; American Blacks


MIDWINTER BLUES    Poem Text    
First Line: In the middle of the winter
Last Line: Won't need no flowers from the store.
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


MISS BLUES'ES CHILD    Poem Text    
First Line: If the blues would let me
Subject(s): African Americans; African Americans - Children; Negroes; American Blacks


MOONLIGHT IN VALENCIA: CIVIL WAR       
First Line: Moonlight in valencia
Subject(s): African Americans; Spanish Civil War (1936-1939); Negroes; American Blacks


MORNING AFTER    Poem Text    
First Line: I was so sick last night I
Subject(s): African Americans; Blues (Music); Jazz; Music & Musicians; Negroes; American Blacks


MOTHER TO SON    Poem Text    
First Line: Well, son, I'll tell you
Last Line: And life for me ain't been no crystal stair.
Subject(s): African Americans; Mothers; Negroes; American Blacks


MOTTO    Poem Text    
First Line: I play it cool
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


MOVIES    Poem Text    
First Line: The roosevelt, renaissance, gem, alhambra
Subject(s): African Americans; Motion Pictures; Negroes; American Blacks; Movies; Cinema


MULATTO    Poem Text    
First Line: I am your son, white man!
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


MY PEOPLE    Poem Text    
First Line: The night is beautiful
Variant Title(s): Poem
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


NECESSITY    Poem Text    
First Line: Work? / I don't have to work
Subject(s): African Americans; Men; Negroes; American Blacks


NEGRO    Poem Text    
First Line: I am a negro
Last Line: Black like the depths of my africa.
Subject(s): African Americans; Blacks - History; Negroes; American Blacks


NEIGHBOR    Poem Text    
First Line: Down home / he sets on a stoop
Subject(s): African Americans; Harlem (New York City); Negroes; American Blacks


NEON SIGNS    Poem Text    
First Line: Wonder bar / wishing well / monterey
Subject(s): African Americans; Harlem (New York City); Negroes; American Blacks


NIGHT FUNERAL IN HARLEM    Poem Text    
First Line: Night funeral
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


OCTOBER 16: THE RAID    Poem Text    
First Line: Perhaps / you will remember
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


OLD WALT    Poem Text    
First Line: Old walt whitman / went finding and seeking
Subject(s): African Americans; Poetry & Poets; Whitman, Walt (1819-1891); Negroes; American Blacks


PARADE       
First Line: Seven ladies / and seventeen gentlemen
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


PERSONAL    Poem Text    
First Line: In an envelope marked: personal
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: I loved my friend / he went away from me
Variant Title(s): Poem [2]
Subject(s): Friendship


PREFERENCE       
First Line: I likes a woman six or eight and ten years older'n myself
Subject(s): African Americans; Love - Age Differences; Negroes; American Blacks


PROJECTION    Poem Text    
First Line: On the day when the savoy
Last Line: Wonderful!
Subject(s): African Americans; Divine, Father (George Baker, 1877-1965); Harlem (New York City); Jazz; Music & Musicians; Negroes; American Blacks


RAILROAD AVENUE    Poem Text    
First Line: Dusk dark / on railroad avenue
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


REQUEST    Poem Text    
First Line: Gimme $25.00 / and the change
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


REVERIE ON THE HARLEM RIVER    Poem Text    
First Line: Did you ever go down to the river
Subject(s): African Americans; Harlem River, New York; Negroes; American Blacks


SAME IN BLUES    Poem Text    
First Line: I said to my baby, / baby, take it slow
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


SHEPHERD'S SONG AT CHRISTMAS    Poem Text    
First Line: Look there at the star!
Subject(s): African Americans; Christmas; Negroes; American Blacks; Nativity, The


SITUATION    Poem Text    
First Line: When I rolled three 7's
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


SO LONG       
First Line: So long / is in the song
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


SONG FOR A DARK GIRL    Poem Text    
First Line: Way down south in dixie
Subject(s): African Americans; Love; Lynching; Southern States; Negroes; American Blacks; South (U.s.)


SONG FOR BILLIE HOLIDAY    Poem Text    
First Line: What can purge my heart
Last Line: Where?
Subject(s): African Americans; Jazz; Music & Musicians; Negroes; American Blacks


STILL HERE    Poem Text    
First Line: I've been scarred and battered
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


STRANGE HURT [SHE KNOWS]    Poem Text    
First Line: In times of stormy weather
Last Line: Naked through the cold.
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


STREET SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: Jack, if you got to be a rounder
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


SUICIDE'S NOTE    Poem Text    
First Line: The calm / cool face of the river
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


SYLVESTER'S DYING BED    Poem Text    
First Line: I woke up this mornin'
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


TAG    Poem Text    
First Line: Little cullud boys / with fears
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


THE NEGRO SPEAKS OF RIVERS    Poem Text    
First Line: I've known rivers
Last Line: My soul has grown deep like the rivers.
Subject(s): African Americans - History; Holidays; New Year; Racism; Rivers; Time; Black Heritage; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry


THE WEARY BLUES    Poem Text    
First Line: Droning a drowsy syncopated tune
Last Line: He slept like a rock or a man that's dead.
Subject(s): African Americans; Blues (Music); Jazz; Music & Musicians; Negroes; American Blacks


THEME FOR ENGLISH B    Poem Text    
First Line: The instructor said / go home and write
Subject(s): African Americans; African Americans - Children; Schools; Negroes; American Blacks; Students


TRUMPET PLAYER    Poem Text    
First Line: The negro / with the trumpet at his lips
Subject(s): African Americans; African Americans - Song & Music; Music & Musicians; Negroes; American Blacks


UP-BEAT       
First Line: In the gutter / boys who try
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


VAGABONDS    Poem Text    
First Line: We are the desperate
Subject(s): African Americans; Labor & Laborers; Negroes; American Blacks; Work; Workers


WAKE    Poem Text    
First Line: Tell all my mourners
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


WARNING       
First Line: Daddy,
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


WARNING: AUGMENTED    Poem Text    
First Line: Don't let your dog curb you!
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


WHAT?       
First Line: Some pimps wear summer hats
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


WHEN SUE WEARS RED    Poem Text    
First Line: When susanna jones wears red
Subject(s): Love


WORLD WAR II    Poem Text    
First Line: What a grand time was the war!
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


YOUNG GAL'S BLUES    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm gonna walk to the graveyard
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks