Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, CANE: PORTRAIT IN GEORGIA, by JEAN TOOMER

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CANE: PORTRAIT IN GEORGIA, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Hair - braided chestnut
Last Line: Of black flesh after flame.
Subject(s): African Americans - Women; Georgia (state); Racism; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry

Hair -- braided chestnut,
coiled like a lyncher's rope,
Eyes -- fagots,
Lips -- old scars, or the first red blisters,
Breath -- the last sweet smell of cane.
And her slim body, white as the ash
of black flesh after flame.

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