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Author: BROOKS, GWENDOLYN
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Brooks, Gwendolyn    Poet's Biography
256 poems available by this author


A BRONZEVILLE MOTHER LOITERS IN MISSISSIPPI    Poem Text    
First Line: From the first it had been like a / ballad
Subject(s): African Americans - Women


A LIGHT AND DIPLOMATIC BIRD    Poem Text    


A PENITENT CONSIDERS ANOTHER COMING OF MARY    Poem Text    
First Line: If mary came would mary / forgive, as mothers may
Last Line: If mary came again
Subject(s): Christmas; Nativity, The


A SONG IN THE FRONT YARD    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I've stayed in the front yard all my life
Last Line: And strut down the streets with paint on my face.
Subject(s): Children; Childhood


A SUNSET OF THE CITY    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Already I am no longer looked at with lechery or love.
Subject(s): Aging; Family Life; Relatives


AFTER MECCA       


ANDRE    Poem Text    
First Line: I had a dream last night. I dreamed
Last Line: They were the ones I always had!
Subject(s): African Americans; Family Life; Negroes; American Blacks; Relatives


ANDRE       
First Line: I had a dream last night. I dreamed
Last Line: They were the ones I always had!
Subject(s): African Americans; Family Life


ANNIAD       
First Line: Think of sweet and chocolate
Last Line: Kissing in her kitchenette %the minuets of memory
Subject(s): African Americans - Women


ANNIE ALLEN       


ANNIE ALLEN: MEMORIAL TO ED BLAND       
First Line: He grew up being curious


APPENDIX TO THE ANNIAD: 1 ( THOUSANDS - KILLED IN ACTION )       
First Line: You need the untranslatable ice to watch
Last Line: Why nothing exhausts you like this sympathy
Subject(s): African Americans - Women


APPENDIX TO THE ANNIAD: 1 (THOUSANDS - KILLED IN ACTION)    Poem Text    
First Line: You need the untranslatable ice to watch
Last Line: Why nothing exhausts you like this sympathy
Subject(s): War


APPENDIX TO THE ANNIAD: 2    Poem Text    
First Line: The certainty we two shall meet by god
Last Line: Bees in the stomach, sweat across the brow. Now
Subject(s): African Americans - Women


APPENDIX TO THE ANNIAD: 2       
First Line: The certainty we two shall meet by god
Last Line: Bees in the stomach, sweat across the brow. Now
Subject(s): African Americans - Women


APPENDIX TO THE ANNIAD: 3. THE SONNET-BALLAD       
First Line: Oh mother, mother, where is happiness?


ART       
First Line: Art can survive


ARTISTS' AND MODELS' BALL       
First Line: Wonders do not confuse. We call them that
Last Line: Our backs they alter. How were we to know
Subject(s): African Americans


ASPECT OF LOVE, ALICE IN THE ICE AND FIRE       
First Line: It is the morning of our love


ASSASSINATION OF JOHN F. KENNEDY       
First Line: I hear things crying in the world
Subject(s): Kennedy, John Fitzgerald (1917-1963)


BALLAD OF LATE ANNIE       
First Line: Late annie in her bower lay
Last Line: With melted opals for my milk, %pearl-leaf for my cracker


BALLAD OF PEARL MAY LEE       
First Line: Then off they took you, off to jail


BALLAD OF RUDOLPH REED       
First Line: Rudolph reed was oaken
Last Line: Her oak-eyed mother did no thing %but change the bloody gauze


BALLAD OF THE LIGHT-EYED GIRL       
First Line: Sweet sally took a cardboard-box
Last Line: Funeral for him whose epitaph %in 'pigeon - under ground'
Subject(s): Pigeons


BEAUTY SHOPPE       
First Line: We use ardena here.' madame celeste


BESSIE OF BRONZEVILLE VISITS MARY AND NORMAN       
First Line: You said, 'now take your shoes off,' while what played


BEVERLY HILLS, CHICAGO    Poem Text    
First Line: The dry brown coughing beneath their feet
Last Line: When we speak to each other our voices are a little gruff
Subject(s): Social Classes; Caste


BEVERLY HILLS, CHICAGO       
First Line: The dry brown coughing beneath their feet
Last Line: When we speak to each other our voices are a little gruff
Subject(s): Social Classes


BIRTH IN A NARROW ROOM       
First Line: Weeps out of western country something new
Last Line: And where the bugs buzz by in private cars %across old peach cans and old jelly jars
Subject(s): African Americans - Women; Birth


BLACKSTONE RANGERS: 1. AS SEEN BY DISCIPLINES       
First Line: There they are
Last Line: That do not want to heal


BLACKSTONE RANGERS: 2. THE LEADERS       
First Line: Jeff. Gene. Geronimo. And bop
Last Line: Construct, strangely, a monstrous pearl or grace
Subject(s): African Americans - Children


BLACKSTONE RANGERS: 3. GANG GIRLS; A RANGERETTE       
First Line: Gang girls are sweet exotics
Last Line: The rhymes of leaning
Subject(s): African Americans - Women


BOY BREAKING GLASS    Poem Text    
First Line: Whose broken window is a cry of art
Subject(s): Crime & Criminals


BOY BREAKING GLASS       
First Line: Whose broken window is a cry of art
Last Line: A hymn, a snare, and an exceeding sum


BOY DIED IN MY ALLEY       
First Line: Without my having known
Last Line: The red floor of my alley %is a special speech to me
Subject(s): Death


BRONZEVILLE MAN WITH A BELT IN THE BACK       
First Line: In such an armor he may rise and raid
Last Line: But never smile. %in such an armor he cannot be slain


BRONZEVILLE MOTHER LOITERS IN MISSISSIPPI       
First Line: From the first it had been like a %ballad
Last Line: The rest of the rugged music. %the last quatrain
Subject(s): African Americans - Women


BRONZEVILLE WOMAN IN A RED HAT    Poem Text    
First Line: They had never had one in the house before
Last Line: Child, big black woman, pretty kitchen towels
Subject(s): African Americans - Women; Household Employees; Servants; Domestics; Maids


BRONZEVILLE WOMAN IN A RED HAT       
First Line: They had never had one in the house before
Last Line: Child, big black woman, pretty kitchen towels
Subject(s): African Americans - Women; Household Employees


BUILDING    Poem Text    
First Line: When I see a brave building
Last Line: Here it stands
Subject(s): Buildings & Builders


BUILDING       
First Line: When I see a brave building
Last Line: Forging the human spirit that can outwit %big building boasting in the cityworld
Subject(s): Buildings And Builders


CALLIE FORD       
First Line: It's a day for running out of town


CHICAGO DEFENDER SENDS A MAN TO LITTLE ROCK, FALL, 1957       
First Line: In little rock the people bear %babes, and comb and part their hair
Last Line: The loveliest lynchee was our lord
Variant Title(s): The Chicago Defender Sends A Man To Little Roc
Subject(s): African Americans; Civil Rights Movement


CHICAGO PICASSO, AUGUST 15, 1967       
First Line: Does man love art? Man visits art, squirms
Last Line: As meaningful and as meaningless as any %other flower in the western field
Subject(s): Art And Artists; Picasso, Pablo (1881-1973); Sculpture And Sculptors


CHILDREN COMING HOME, SELS.       
Subject(s): African Americans - Children; Alphabet Verse; Ancestors And Ancestry


CHILDREN OF THE POOR       
First Line: People who have no children can be hard
Last Line: But reaching is his rule
Variant Title(s): People Who Have No Children Can Be Har
Subject(s): African Americans


CHILDREN OF THE POOR, SELS.       
First Line: And shall I prime my children, pray, to pray?
Last Line: Holding the bandage ready for your eyes


CONTEMPLATION OF SUICIDE: THE TEMPTATION OF TIMOTHY       
First Line: One poises, poses, at track, or range, or river


COORA FLOWER       
First Line: Today I learned the coora flower
Last Line: I must not dare to sleep


CRAZY WOMAN       
First Line: I shall not sing a may song
Last Line: Who would not sing in may'
Subject(s): Women


CYNTHIA IN THE SNOW       
First Line: It sushes


DAVID ANDERSON       
First Line: David anderson! - an exuberant commitment to a wise shaping of our time
Last Line: David anderson is a friend to language and life


DE KOVEN       
First Line: You are a dandy little thing


DO NOT BE AFRAID OF NO       
Last Line: Her new wish was to smile %when answers took no airships, walked a while


DOWNTOWN VAUDEVILLE       
First Line: What was not pleasant was the hush that coughed


EGG BOILER       
First Line: Being you, you cut your poetry from wood
Last Line: Shaping a gorgeous nothingness from cloud. %you watch us, eat your egg, and laugh aloud
Subject(s): Eggs


EMPTY WOMAN       
First Line: The empty woman took toys!
Last Line: And bouffants that bustle, and rustle
Subject(s): Infertility


ESTIMABLE MABLE       
First Line: I always think that when I see you you
Last Line: Will like me less that you expected to


EXHAUST THE LITTLE MOMENT. SOON IT DIES       


EXPLORER       
First Line: Somehow to find a still spot in the noise


FIRST FIGHT. THEN FIDDLE       
First Line: First fight. Then fiddle. Ply the slipping string
Last Line: Wherein to play your violin with grace


FIRSTLY INCLINED TO TAKE WHAT IT IS TOLD    Poem Text    
First Line: Thee sacrosanct, - thee sweet, thee crystalline
Last Line: I had been brightly ready to believe
Subject(s): African Americans - Military


FOR CLARICE IT IS TERRIBLE       
First Line: They were going to have so much fun in the summer


FROM THE BLACKSTONE RANGERS       
First Line: Gang girls are sweet exotics.
Last Line: The rhymes of leaning


FUNERAL       
First Line: To whatever you incline, your final choice here must be handling


GAY CHAPS AT THE BAR    Poem Text    
First Line: We knew how to order. Just the dash
Last Line: To holler down the lions in this air
Subject(s): African Americans - Military


GAY CHAPS AT THE BAR       
First Line: We knew how to order. Just the dash
Last Line: To holler down the lions in this air
Subject(s): African Americans - Military


GAY CHAPS AT THE BAR       
First Line: We knew how to order. Just the dash
Last Line: To holler down the lions in this air.


GAY CHAPS AT THE BAR       
First Line: We knew how to order. Just the dash
Last Line: To honey and bread old purity could love


GAY CHAPS AT THE BAR: 'GOD WORKS IN A MYSTERIOUS WAY'       
First Line: But often now the youthful eye cuts down its
Last Line: Or we assume a sovereignty ourselves
Subject(s): African Americans - Military


GAY CHAPS AT THE BAR: FIRSTLY INCLINED TO TAKE WHAT IT IS TOLD       
First Line: Thee sacrosanct, - thee sweet, thee crystalline
Last Line: With billowing heartiness no whit withheld
Subject(s): African Americans - Military


GAY CHAPS AT THE BAR: LOOKING       
First Line: You have no word for soldiers to enjoy
Last Line: Nor the heaviest haul your little boy from harm
Subject(s): African Americans - Military


GAY CHAPS AT THE BAR: LOVE NOTE: 1. SURELY       
First Line: Surely you stay my certain own, you say
Last Line: And I doubt all. You. Or a violet
Subject(s): African Americans - Military


GAY CHAPS AT THE BAR: LOVE NOTE: 2. FLAGS       
First Line: Still, it is dear defiance now to carry
Last Line: Or like the tender struggle of a fan
Subject(s): African Americans - Military


GAY CHAPS AT THE BAR: MENTORS       
First Line: For I am rightful fellow of their band
Last Line: Light for the midnight that is mine and theirs
Subject(s): African Americans - Military


GAY CHAPS AT THE BAR: PIANO AFTER WAR    Poem Text    
First Line: On a snug evening I shall watch her fingers
Variant Title(s): Piano After War
Subject(s): African Americans - Military; Musical Instruments; Pianos


GAY CHAPS AT THE BAR: PIANO AFTER WAR       
First Line: On a snug evening I shall watch her fingers
Last Line: And stone will shove the softness from my face
Variant Title(s): Piano After Wa
Subject(s): African Americans - Military; Musical Instruments; Pianos


GAY CHAPS AT THE BAR: STILL DO I KEEP MY LOOK, MY IDENTITY       
First Line: Each body has its art, its precious prescribed
Last Line: It showed at baseball. What it showed in school
Variant Title(s): Still Do I Keep My Look, My Identit
Subject(s): African Americans - Military


GAY CHAPS AT THE BAR: THE PROGRESS       
First Line: And still we wear our uniforms, follow
Last Line: Of iron feet again. And again wild
Variant Title(s): Gay Chaps At The Bar; The Progres
Subject(s): African Americans - Military


GAY CHAPS AT THE BAR: THE WHITE TROOPS HAD THEIR ORDERS ...    Poem Text    
First Line: They had supposed their formula was fixed
Subject(s): African Americans - Military


GAY CHAPS AT THE BAR: THE WHITE TROOPS HAD THEIR ORDERS ...       
First Line: They had supposed their formula was fixed
Last Line: And there was nothing startling in the weather
Subject(s): African Americans - Military


GHOST AT THE QUINCY CLUB       
First Line: All filmy down she drifts


GOD WORKS IN A MYSTERIOUS WAY'    Poem Text    
First Line: But often now the youthful eye cuts down its
Last Line: Or we assume a sovereignty ourselves
Subject(s): African Americans - Military


HATTIE SCOTT: AT THE HAIRDRESSER'S       
First Line: Gimme me an upsweep, minnie


HATTIE SCOTT: THE BATTLE       
First Line: Moe belle jackson's husband %whipped her good last night


HATTIE SCOTT: THE DATE       
First Line: If she don't hurry up and let me out of here


HATTIE SCOTT: THE END OF THE DAY       
First Line: It's usually from the insides of the door


HATTIE SCOTT: WHEN I DIE       
First Line: No lodge with banners flappin'.


HENRY RAGO    Poem Text    
First Line: Of people, these


HUNCHBACK GIRL: SHE THINKS OF HEAVEN    Poem Text    
First Line: My father, it is surely a blue place
Last Line: Proper myself, princess of properness.
Subject(s): Physical Disabilities; Handicapped; Handicaps; Physically Challenged; Cripples


I LOVE THOSE LITTLE BOOTHS AT BENVENUTI'S       
First Line: They get to benvenuti's. There are booths


IN EMANUEL'S NIGHTMARE: ANOTHER COMING OF CHRIST       
First Line: There had been quiet all that afternoon


IN HONOR OF DAVID ANDERSON BROOKS, MY FATHER    Poem Text    
First Line: A dryness is upon the house
Last Line: Old private charity
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters


IN HONOR OF DAVID ANDERSON BROOKS, MY FATHER       
First Line: A dryness is upon the house
Last Line: Translates to public love %old private charity
Subject(s): Fathers And Daughters


IN THE MECCA       
First Line: Sit where the light corrupts your face


INTERMISSION       
First Line: By all things planetary, sweet, I swear


JACK       
First Line: Is not spendthrift of faith
Last Line: And comes it up his faith brought false, %it's long gone from the store


JANE ADDAMS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I am jane addams
Last Line: So speaks a giant. Jane
Subject(s): Addams, Jane (1860-1935); Reform & Reformers


JANE ADDAMS       
First Line: I am jane addams
Last Line: Nourishing here, there; %pressing a hand %among the ruins, %& among the %seeds of restoration. %so s
Subject(s): Addams, Jane (1860-1935); Reform And Reformers


JANE ADDAMS: SEPTEMBER 6, 1860-MAY 21, 1935       
First Line: I am jane addams. %I am saying to the giantless time
Last Line: And among the %seeds of restoration. %so speaks a giant. Jane


JESSIE MITCHELL'S MOTHER       
First Line: Into her mother's bedroom to wash the ballooning body
Last Line: Refueled %triumphant long-exhaled breaths. %her exquisite yellow youth


JESSIE MITCHELL€™S MOTHER    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Mothers & Daughters; Youth


KID BRUIN ARRANGES ANOTHER TITLE DEFENSE       
First Line: I rode into the golden yell


KITCHENETTE BUILDING    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: We are things of dry hours and the involuntary plan
Last Line: We think of lukewarm water, hope to get in it.
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


KOJO- I AM A BLACK       
First Line: According to my teachers, %I am now an african-american
Last Line: Do not call me out of my name


LAST QUATRAIN OF THE BALLAD OF EMMETT TILL       
First Line: After the murder, %after the burial
Last Line: Chaos in windy grays %through a red prairie
Subject(s): African Americans - Children; Lynching; Till, Emmett (1941-1955)


LEFTIST ORATOR IN WASHINGTON PARK       
First Line: Poor pale-eyed, thrice-gulping amazed


LIFE OF LINCOLN WEST       
First Line: Ugliest little boy
Last Line: It comforted him
Subject(s): African Americans - Children


LIGHT AND DIPLOMATIC BIRD       


LOOKING    Poem Text    
First Line: You have no word for soldiers to enjoy
Last Line: Nor the heaviest haul your little boy from harm
Subject(s): African Americans - Military


LOVE NOTE: 1. SURELY    Poem Text    
First Line: Surely you stay my certain own, you say
Last Line: And I doubt all. You. Or a violet
Subject(s): African Americans - Military


LOVE NOTE: 2. FLAGS    Poem Text    
First Line: Still, it is dear defiance now to carry
Last Line: Or like the tender struggle of a fan
Subject(s): African Americans – Military; Forgiveness


LOVELY LOVE       
First Line: Let it be alleys. Let it be a hall
Last Line: Definitionless in this strict atmosphere


LOVERS OF THE POOR       
First Line: Arrive. The ladies from the ladies's betterment league
Last Line: Try to avoid inhaling the laden air
Variant Title(s): The Lovers Of The Poor Arriv
Subject(s): Poverty


MALCOLM X    Poem Text    
First Line: Original / ragged-round
Subject(s): African Americans; Malcolm X (malcolm Little) (1925-1965); Negroes; American Blacks


MALCOLM X       
First Line: Original %ragged-round
Last Line: Who was a man
Subject(s): African Americans; Malcolm X (malcolm Little) (1925-1965)


MAN OF THE MIDDLE CLASS       
First Line: I'm what has gone out blithely and with noise


MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.       
First Line: A man went forth with gifts
Last Line: So it shall be spoken. %so it shall be done


MATTHEW COLE       
First Line: Here are the facts %he's sixty-six


MAURICE       


MAXIE ALLEN ALWAYS TAUGHT HER       
Last Line: And gives you only a little money
Variant Title(s): Maxie Alle


MAYOR HAROLD WASHINGTON    Poem Text    
First Line: Mayor. Worldman. Historyman
Subject(s): Politics And Politicians; Washington, Harold (1922-1987)


MEDGAR EVERS    Poem Text    
First Line: The man whose height his fear improved he
Subject(s): Civil Rights Movement; Evers, Medgar (1925-1963)


MEDGAR EVERS       
First Line: The man whose height his fear improved he
Last Line: He was holding clean globes in his hands
Subject(s): Civil Rights Movement; Evers, Medgar (1925-1963)


MEN OF CAREFUL TURNS, HATERS OF FORKS IN THE ROAD       


MENTORS    Poem Text    
First Line: For I am rightful fellow of their band
Last Line: Light is the midnight for mine and theirs
Subject(s): African Americans - Military


MERLE- UNCLE SEAGRAM       
First Line: My uncle likes me too much
Last Line: I do not like my uncle anymore


MEXIE AND BRIDIE    Poem Text    
First Line: A tiny tea-party
Last Line: Tea-ing in the town
Subject(s): Girls


MEXIE AND BRIDIE       
First Line: A tiny tea-party
Last Line: There are no finer ladies %tea-ing in the town
Subject(s): Children


MICHAEL IS AFRAID OF THE STORM    Poem Text    
First Line: Lightning is angry in the night
Last Line: No one will laugh, I guess
Subject(s): Storms


MICHAEL IS AFRAID OF THE STORM       
First Line: Lightning is angry in the night
Last Line: No one will laugh, I guess
Subject(s): Storms


MRS. SMALL    Poem Text    
First Line: Mrs. Small went to the kitchen for her pocketbook
Last Line: Of the world's business
Subject(s): Women's Rights; African Americans – Women; Insurance & Insurance Agents


MRS. SMALL       
First Line: Mrs. Small went to the kitchen for her pocketbook
Last Line: Of the world's business
Subject(s): Women


MURDER       
First Line: This is where poor percy died


MY DREAMS, MY WORKS, MUST WAIT TILL AFTER HELL    Poem Text    
First Line: I hold my honey and I store my bread
Subject(s): African Americans - Military


MY DREAMS, MY WORKS, MUST WAIT TILL AFTER HELL       
First Line: I hold my honey and I store my bread
Last Line: To honey and bread old purity could love
Subject(s): African Americans - Military


MY LITTLE 'BOUT-TOWN GAL HAS GONE       


MY OWN SWEET GOOD       
First Line: Not needing, really, my own sweet good


NAOMI       
First Line: Too foraging to blue-print or deploy


NARCISSA    Poem Text    
First Line: Some of the girls are playing jacks
Last Line: As anyone ever sat!
Subject(s): Girls


NARCISSA       
First Line: Some of the girls are playing jacks
Last Line: While sitting still, as still, as still %as anyone ever sat!
Subject(s): Girls


NEAR-JOHANNESBURG BOY       
First Line: My way is from woe to wonder
Last Line: We shall
Subject(s): South Africa


NEGRO HERO (TO SUGGEST DORIE MILLER)       
First Line: I had to kick their law into their teeth ... To save them


NOTES FROM THE CHILDHOOD AND THE GIRLHOOD       


OBITUARY FOR A LIVING LADY       
First Line: My friend was decently wild


OF DE WITT WILLIAMS ON HIS WAY TO LINCOLN CEMETERY    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: He was born in alabama
Last Line: Nothing but a plain black boy.
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


OF ROBERT FROST    Poem Text    
First Line: There is a little lightning in his eyes
Last Line: Some specialness within
Subject(s): Frost, Robert (1874-1963); Poetry & Poets


OF ROBERT FROST       
First Line: There is a little lightning in his eyes
Last Line: Some specialness within
Subject(s): Frost, Robert (1874-1963); Poetry And Poets


OLD LAUGHTER       
First Line: The men and women long ago


OLD MARY    Poem Text    
First Line: My last defense
Subject(s): Old Age


OLD MARY       
First Line: My last defense %is the present tense


OLD PEOPLE WORKING (GARDEN, CAR)    Poem Text    
First Line: Old people working. Making a gift of garden
Last Line: A way of greeting or sally to the crowd
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


OLD PEOPLE WORKING (GARDEN, CAR)       
First Line: Old people working. Making a gift of garden
Subject(s): Labor And Laborers


OLD RELATIVE       
First Line: After the baths and bowel-work, he was dead
Last Line: Since for a week she must not play 'charmaine' %or 'honey bunch,' or 'singing in the rain'


OLD-MARRIEDS       
First Line: But in the crowding darkness not a word did they say
Last Line: It was quite a time for loving, it was midnight. It was may.%but in the crowding darkness not a word


ON THE OCCASION OF THE OPEN-AIR FORMATION ... NATURE CLUB       
First Line: We shall go playing in the woods again!


ONE WANTS A TELLER IN A TIME LIKE THIS       


OTTO       
First Line: It's christmas day. I did not get the presents that I hoped for
Last Line: It's hard enough for him to bear
Subject(s): Christmas


PARENTS: PEOPLE LIKE OUR MARRIAGE, MAXIE AND ANDREW       
First Line: Clogged and soft and sloppy eyes
Last Line: Pleasant custards sit behind %the white venetian blind


PATENT LEATHER       
First Line: That cool chick down on calumet


PAUL ROBESON       
First Line: That time
Last Line: We are each other's %business: %we are each other's %magnitude and bond


PENITENT CONSIDERS ANOTHER COMING OF MARY       
First Line: If mary came would mary %forgive, as mothers may
Subject(s): Christmas


PEOPLE PROTEST IN SPRAWLING LIGHTLESS WAYS       


PETE AT THE ZOO    Poem Text    
First Line: I wonder if the elephant
Last Line: Against the dark of night
Subject(s): Elephants; Zoos


PETE AT THE ZOO       
First Line: I wonder if the elephant
Subject(s): Friendship


PRIMER FOR BLACKS    Poem Text    
First Line: Blackness/is a title
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


PRIMER FOR BLACKS       
First Line: Blackness %is a title
Last Line: Niggeroes and niggerenes. %you


PRISCILLA ASSAILS THE SEPULCHRE OF LOVE       
First Line: I can't unlock my eyes because


PYGMIES ARE PYGMIES STILL, THOUGH PERCHT ON ALPS'       
First Line: But can see better there, and laughing there
Last Line: Pounds breast-bone punily, screeches, and has %reached no alps; or, knows no alps to reach


QUEEN OF THE BLUES    Poem Text    
First Line: Mame was singing
Last Line: Their hats to a queen?
Subject(s): Blues (music); Jazz; Music & Musicians; Singing & Singers; Songs


QUEEN OF THE BLUES       
First Line: Mame was singing
Last Line: Why don't they tip %their hats to a queen?
Subject(s): Blues (music); Jazz; Music And Musicians; Singing And Singers


RESURGAM       
First Line: Long have I lain in that dull corner forgotten


RIOT    Poem Text    
First Line: John cabot, out of wilma, once a wycliffe
Subject(s): African Americans; Civil Rights Movement; Negroes; American Blacks


RIOT       
First Line: John cabot, out of wilma, once a wycliffe
Last Line: Forgive these nigguhs that know not what they do


RITES FOR COUSIN VIT       
First Line: Carried her unprotesting out the door
Last Line: In parks or alleys, comes haply on the verge %of happiness, haply hysterics. Is
Subject(s): Funerals


SADIE AND MAUD    Poem Text    
First Line: Maud went to college
Last Line: In this old house.
Subject(s): African Americans - Women


SOFT MAN       
First Line: Disgusting, isn't it, dealing out the damns


SPEECH TO THE YOUNG. SPEECH TO THE PROGRESS-TOWARD    Poem Text    
First Line: Say to them
Last Line: Live in the along
Subject(s): Youth


SPEECH TO THE YOUNG. SPEECH TO THE PROGRESS-TOWARD       
First Line: Say to them
Last Line: Live in the along
Subject(s): Youth


STILL DO I KEEP MY LOOK, MY IDENTITY    Poem Text    
First Line: Each body has its art, its precious prescribed
Last Line: It showed at baseball. What it showed in school
Variant Title(s): Still Do I Keep My Look, My Identity
Subject(s): African Americans - Military


STILL DO I KEEP MY LOOK, MY IDENTITY €¦    Poem Text    
First Line: Each body has its art, its precious prescribed
Subject(s): Identity


STRONG MEN, RIDING HORSES    Poem Text    
First Line: Strong men, riding horses. In the west


STRONG MEN, RIDING HORSES       
First Line: Strong men, riding horses. In the west
Last Line: To word-wall off that broadness of the dark %is pitiful. %I am not brave at all


SUNDAY CHICKEN       
First Line: Chicken, she chided early, should not wait
Last Line: Nor hate the handsome tiger, call him devil %to man-feast, manifesting sunday evil


SUNDAYS OF SATIN-LEGS SMITH       
First Line: Inamoratas, with an approbation
Last Line: Her body like summer earth, %receptive, soft, and absolute
Subject(s): African Americans; Jazz; Music And Musicians


SUNSET OF THE CITY       
First Line: Already I am no longer looked at with lechery or love
Last Line: Somebody muffed it? Somebody wanted to joke


THE ANNIAD    Poem Text    
First Line: Think of sweet and chocolate
Last Line: The minuets of memory
Subject(s): African Americans – Women; Virgil (70-19 B.c.)


THE ARTISTS' AND MODELS' BALL    Poem Text    
First Line: Wonders do not confuse. We call them that
Last Line: Our backs they alter. How were we to know
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


THE ASSASSINATION OF JOHN F. KENNEDY    Poem Text    
First Line: I hear things crying in the world
Last Line: The tilt and jangle of this death
Subject(s): Kennedy, John Fitzgerald (1917-1963)


THE BALLAD OF RUDOLPH REED    Poem Text    
First Line: Rudolph reed was oaken
Subject(s): Racism; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry


THE BEAN EATERS    Poem Text    
First Line: They eat beans mostly, this old yellow pair
Last Line: Tobacco crumbs, vases and fringes.
Subject(s): African Americans - Women; Farm Life; Old Age; United States; Women; Agriculture; Farmers; America


THE BIRTH IN A NARROW ROOM    Poem Text    
First Line: Weeps out of western country something new
Subject(s): African Americans - Women; Birth; Child Birth; Midwifery


THE BLACKSTONE RANGERS: 1. AS SEEN BY DISCIPLINES    Poem Text    
First Line: There they are


THE BLACKSTONE RANGERS: 2. THE LEADERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Jeff. Gene. Geronimo. And bop
Subject(s): African Americans - Children


THE BLACKSTONE RANGERS: 3. GANG GIRLS; A RANGERETTE    Poem Text    
First Line: Gang girls are sweet exotics
Subject(s): African Americans - Women


THE BOY DIED IN MY ALLEY    Poem Text    
First Line: Without my having known
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


THE CHICAGO DEFENDER SENDS A MAN TO LITTLE ROCK, FALL, 1957    Poem Text    
First Line: In little rock the people bear / babes, and comb and part their hair
Variant Title(s): The Chicago Defender Sends A Man To Little Rock
Subject(s): African Americans; Civil Rights Movement; Negroes; American Blacks


THE CHICAGO PICASSO, AUGUST 15, 1967    Poem Text    
First Line: Does man love art? Man visits art, squirms
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Picasso, Pablo (1881-1973); Sculpture & Sculptors


THE CHILDREN OF THE POOR    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: People who have no children can be hard
Last Line: Holding the bandage ready for your eyes
Variant Title(s): "people Who Have No Children Can Be Hard"";
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


THE COORA FLOWER    Poem Text    
First Line: Now I am coming home
Subject(s): Homecoming


THE CRAZY WOMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: I shall not sing a may song
Last Line: Who would not sing in may
Subject(s): Women


THE EGG BOILER    Poem Text    
First Line: Being you, you cut your poetry from wood
Last Line: You watch us, eat your egg, and laugh aloud
Subject(s): Eggs


THE EMPTY WOMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: The empty woman took toys!
Last Line: And bouffants that bustle, and rustle
Subject(s): Infertility


THE LAST QUATRAIN OF THE BALLAD OF EMMETT TILL    Poem Text    
First Line: After the murder, / after the burial
Subject(s): African Americans - Children; Lynching; Till, Emmett (1941-1955)


THE LIFE OF LINCOLN WEST    Poem Text    
First Line: Ugliest little boy
Last Line: It comforted him
Subject(s): African Americans - Children


THE LOVERS OF THE POOR    Poem Text    
First Line: Arrive. The ladies from the ladies's betterment league
Variant Title(s): "the Lovers Of The Poor Arrive"";
Subject(s): Poverty


THE MAMA        Recitation by Author


THE MOTHER    Poem Text    
First Line: Abortions will not let you forget
Last Line: All.
Subject(s): Abortion; African Americans; African Americans - Women; Mothers; Negroes; American Blacks


THE NEAR-JOHANNESBURG BOY    Poem Text    
First Line: My way is from woe to wonder
Subject(s): South Africa


THE PREACHER: RUMINATES BEHIND THE SERMON    Poem Text    
First Line: I think it must be lonely to be god
Last Line: In solitude. Without a hand to hold.
Subject(s): African Americans; God; Negroes; American Blacks


THE PROGRESS    Poem Text    
First Line: And still we wear our uniforms, follow
Last Line: Of iron feet again. And again wild
Variant Title(s): Gay Chaps At The Bar;the Progress
Subject(s): African Americans - Military


THE RITES FOR COUSIN VIT    Poem Text    
First Line: Carried her unprotesting out the door
Subject(s): Funerals; Burials


THE SECOND SERMON ON THE WARPLAND    Poem Text    
First Line: This is the urgency: live!
Last Line: Conduct your blooming in the noise and whip of the whirlwind.
Subject(s): African Americans - Women


THE SERMON ON THE WARPLAND    Poem Text    
First Line: And several strengths from drowsiness campaigned
Last Line: "complete; continuous."
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


THE SONNET-BALLAD    Poem Text    
First Line: Oh mother, mother, where is happiness?
Subject(s): Happiness; Mothers; Joy; Delight


THE SUNDAYS OF SATIN-LEGS SMITH    Poem Text    
First Line: Inamoratas, with an approbation
Subject(s): African Americans; Jazz; Music & Musicians; Negroes; American Blacks


THE THIRD SERMON ON THE WARPLAND    Poem Text    
First Line: The earth is a beautiful place
Last Line: You could make music too / the blackblues
Subject(s): African Americans - Song & Music; Jazz; Music & Musicians; Phoenix (mythical Bird)


THE VACANT LOT    Poem Text    
Last Line: And letting them out again.
Subject(s): Family Life; Relatives


THE WALL    Poem Text    
First Line: A drumdrumdrum.


THIRD SERMON ON THE WARPLAND       
First Line: The earth is a beautiful place
Last Line: The dust, as they say, settled
Subject(s): African Americans - Song And Music; Jazz; Music And Musicians


THROWING OUT THE FLOWERS       
First Line: The duck fats rot in the roasting pan
Last Line: And so for the end of our life to a man, %just over, just over and all


TO A WINTER SQUIRREL       
First Line: That is the way god made you


TO AN OLD BLACK WOMAN, HOMELESS AND INDISTINCT       
First Line: Your every day is a pilgrimage
Subject(s): African Americans - Women; Homeless; Women – Old Age


TO AN OLD BLACK WOMAN, HOMELESS AND INDISTINCT       
First Line: Your every day is a pilgrimage
Last Line: Folks used to say 'that child is going far'
Subject(s): African Americans - Women; Homeless


TO BE IN LOVE    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: To be in love / is to touch things with a lighter hand
Last Line: Into the commonest ash
Subject(s): Love


TO BE IN LOVE       
First Line: To be in love %is to touch things with a lighter hand
Last Line: To see fall down, the column of gold, %into the commonest ash
Subject(s): Love


TO BLACK WOMEN       
First Line: Sisters, %where there is cold silence-
Last Line: And you create and train your flowers still
Variant Title(s): To The Diaspora: To Black Wome


TO THE DIASPORA: A WELCOME SONG FOR LAINI NZINGA       
First Line: Hello, little sister
Last Line: We love and we receive you as our own


TO THE DIASPORA: MUSIC FOR MARTYRS    Poem Text    
First Line: I feel a regret, steve biko
Last Line: Of your tracts, your triumphs, your tribulations
Subject(s): Biko, Steve (1946-1977)


TO THE DIASPORA: MUSIC FOR MARTYRS       
First Line: I feel a regret, steve biko
Last Line: Of your tracts, your truimphs, your tribulations
Subject(s): Biko, Steve (1946-1977)


TO THE DIASPORA: TO PRISONERS       
First Line: I call for you cultivation of strength in the dark
Last Line: In the chalk and choke


TO THE DIASPORA: YOU DID NOT KNOW YOU WERE AFRIKA    Poem Text    
First Line: When you set out for afrika
Last Line: Your work, that was done, to be done to be done to be done
Subject(s): African Americans; Ancestors & Ancestry; Negroes; American Blacks; Heritage; Heredity


TO THE DIASPORA: YOU DID NOT KNOW YOU WERE AFRIKA       
First Line: When you set out for afrika
Last Line: Your work, that was done, to be done to be done to be done
Subject(s): African Americans; Ancestors And Ancestry


TO THOSE OF MY SISTERS WHO KEPT THEIR NATURALS    Poem Text    
First Line: Sisters! I love you
Subject(s): African Americans - Women; Conformity; Pride; Self-esteem; Self-respect


TO THOSE OF MY SISTERS WHO KEPT THEIR NATURALS       
First Line: Sisters! I love you
Last Line: The natural respect of self and seal! %sisters! %your hair is celebration in the world!
Subject(s): African Americans - Women; Conformity; Pride


TRUTH    Poem Text    
First Line: And if sun comes


TRUTH       
First Line: And if sun comes
Last Line: The dark hangs heavily %over the eyes


ULYSSES- RELIGION       
First Line: At home we pray every morning, we
Last Line: And we sing hallelujah


VERN    Poem Text    
First Line: When walking in a tiny rain
Last Line: Nor mock the tears you have to hide
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs; Friendship


VERN       
First Line: When walking in a tiny rain
Last Line: And let you snuggle down beside. %nor mock the tears you have to hide
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs; Friendship


WALL       
First Line: A drumdrumdrum %humbly we come
Last Line: The old decapitations are revised, %the dispossessions beakless. %and we sing


WE REAL COOL; THE POOL PLAYERS (GRAPHIC INTERPRETATION)       
First Line: We real cool. We %left school. We
Last Line: Jazz june. We %die soon


WE REAL COOL; THE POOL PLAYERS. SEVEN AT THE GOLDEN SHOVEL    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: We real cool. We / left school. We
Last Line: Die soon.
Variant Title(s): We Real Cool
Subject(s): African Americans; African Americans - Children; Americans; Death; Labor & Laborers; Men; United States; Youth; Negroes; American Blacks; Dead, The; Work; Workers; America


WHAT SHALL I GIVE MY CHILDREN?       
Last Line: Across an autumn freezing everywhere


WHEN MRS. MARTIN'S BOOKER T       


WHITNEY YOUNG       
First Line: Whitney, you were a candid structure hulking in event
Subject(s): Civil Rights Movement; Fortitude; Young, Whitney Moore, Jr. (1921-1971)


WHITNEY YOUNG       
First Line: Whitney, you were a candid structure hulking in event
Subject(s): Civil Rights Movement; Fortitude; Young, Whitney Moore, Jr. (1921-1971)


WINNIE    Poem Text    
First Line: Winnie mandela, she
Last Line: I nelson the mandela tell you so
Subject(s): Mandela, Winnie (b. 1934)


WINNIE       
First Line: Winnie mandela, she
Subject(s): Mandela, Winnie (b. 1934)


WOMANHOOD       
Subject(s): African Americans - Women


YOUNG AFRIKANS    Poem Text    
First Line: Who take today and jerk it out of joint
Variant Title(s): Young Africans
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


YOUNG AFRIKANS       
First Line: Who take today and jerk it out of joint
Last Line: Our hands, and our hot blood
Variant Title(s): Young African


YOUNG HEROES - I    Poem Text    
First Line: He is very busy with his looking
Subject(s): South Africa - Anti-apartheid Movement


YOUNG HEROES: 1. KEORAPETSE KGOSITSILE (WILLIE)       
First Line: He is very busy with his looking
Last Line: This foreign country speaks to you


YOUNG HEROES: 2. TO DON AT SALAAM       
First Line: I like to see you lean back in your chair
Last Line: I like to see you living in the world


YOUNG HEROES: 3. WALTER BRADFORD       
First Line: Just as you think you're 'better now'
Last Line: Not overmuch for a %tree-planting man %stay