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Author: SHANGE, NTOZAKE
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Shange, Ntozake    Poet's Biography
Alternate Author Name(s): Williams, Paulette
126 poems available by this author


& SHE BLEEDS       
First Line: To speak - a test of silence


& THEN       
First Line: It is possible to come %with you and be away from you simultaneously


& THEN       
First Line: Is it possible to come


ABOUT ATLANTA       
First Line: Cuz he's black & poor
Last Line: Nothing/no signs %in atlanta


ADVICE       
First Line: People keep tellin me to put my feet on the ground
Last Line: However/ did you capture language/ is a free thing


BEACH WITH OKRA & GREENS - ON THEIR HONEYMOON       
First Line: It be hot - & then again not


BETWEEN A DANCER & A POET       
First Line: She swayed from the barre - taut - in control


BETWEEN THE TWO OF THEM       
First Line: It musta happened to you %it


BLACK NIGHT IN HAITI, PALAIS NATIONAL, PORT-AU-PRINCE       
First Line: The sailor - le marin - tells me %'there is no violence in haiti.'


BLOOD RHYTHMS - BLOOD CURRENTS - BLACK N' BLUE STYLIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Fragrant breezes in the south
Subject(s): African Americans; Freedom; Conduct Of Life; Negroes; American Blacks; Liberty


BOCAS: A DAUGHTER'S GEOGRAPHY    Poem Text    
First Line: I have a daughter/ mozambique
Subject(s): Blacks - History; Racism; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry


BOCAS: A DAUGHTER'S GEOGRAPHY       
First Line: I have a daughter, mozambique
Last Line: We are feeding our children the sun


CHICAGO IN SAN FRANCISCO & YOU       
First Line: I get inspired in the middle of the nite %when you make love to me


CLOSETS       


CONVERSATIONS WITH THE ANCESTORS       
First Line: They told me to travel toward the sun
Variant Title(s): Ancestral Messengers / Composition 1
Subject(s): Ancestors And Ancestry


CROOKED WOMAN - OKRA MEETS GREENS IN STRANGE CIRCUMSTANCES       
First Line: The woman dont stand up


CROSS OCEANS IN MY HEART       
First Line: All I know is his name is james or jim shortened


DARK PHASES OF WOMANHOOD'       
Last Line: That you like the best %you're it
Subject(s): African Americans - Women


DE POEMS GOTTA COME OUTTA MY CROTCH?       
First Line: De kings uv ancient inca-land aztec lakes


DREAM OF PAIRING       
First Line: I dream of coupling


EGO       
First Line: Use of the word %I is totally unjustifiable


ELEGANCE IN THE EXTREME    Poem Text    


ELEGANCE IN THE EXTREME       
Last Line: How to burn up discreetly
Subject(s): Jazz; Music And Musicians; Taylor, Cecil (b. 1929)


EXPIRIESE GIRL WANTED       
First Line: Whatchu gonna do %wid all them ho-mo-ny grits, gal


FAME ON ALL FOURS       
First Line: I wrote in san francisco on %a 4 by 12 board


FICTION, NON-FICTION (OKRA'S INTELLECT ADDRESS GREENS' MIND)       
First Line: I dreamed myself in a house of yr paintings


FIVE       
First Line: Her dreams came true & passed


FLYING-SONG       
First Line: I want to say these things to you


FOR ALL MY DEAD & LOVED ONES       
First Line: Whatever shall I do with my dead


FOR COLORED GIRLS    Poem Text    
First Line: Dark phases of womanhood
Subject(s): African Americans – Women


FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE ...       
First Line: At 4:30 a.M. %she rose
Last Line: She placed the rose behind her ear %& cried herself to sleep


FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE WHEN RAINBOW       
First Line: Lady in blue


FOR MARIAN       
First Line: We come to the border again


FOR VICKIE MILLER       
First Line: I don't know exactly why out of all of us %all of us who


FRANK ALBERT & VIOLA BENZENA OWENS    Poem Text    
First Line: She waited on the 7th floor
Subject(s): African Americans - Women


FRANK ALBERT & VIOLA BENZENA OWENS       
First Line: She waited on the 7th floor
Last Line: The carpenter tendin to his own %movin north
Subject(s): African Americans - Women


FROM OKRA TO GREENS    Poem Text    
First Line: I haveta turn my television down sometimes cuz
Variant Title(s): From Okra To Greens - A Different Love Poem
Subject(s): Ethnic Groups - United States; Minorities - United States; U.s. - Race Relations


FROM OKRA TO GREENS       
First Line: I haveta turn my television down sometimes cuz
Last Line: & sure can dream gd/soppin up the pot liquor %& them peppers
Variant Title(s): From Okra To Greens - A Different Love Poe
Subject(s): Ethnic Groups - United States; Minorities - United States; U.s. - Race Relations


FROM OKRA TO GREENS: A PERSONAL INVITATION       
First Line: Wd you like to make love tonite


GARDENIAS ON THE BORDERLINE       
First Line: Imagine this is legal


GET IT & FEEL GOOD       
First Line: You cd just take what


HANDS & HOLDING       


HIJO DE LAS AMERICAS       
First Line: I must go to la costa on the atlantic side


I HAD FIVE NOSE RINGS       


I LIVE IN MUSIC    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Music & Musicians


I LIVE IN MUSIC       
Last Line: Hold yrself in a music


I SAT UP ONE NIGHT WALKIN A BOARDIN HOUSE       


I TALK TO MYSELF       
First Line: I can't quite remember how many question or jouralists or people


I'M NOT VERY COMMUNICATIVE       


IN HONOR OF YR POISE IN THE FACE OF HUNGRY LIONS       
First Line: Yr hips n sequin slippers


IN THE BLUENESS - SAYS GREENS       
First Line: In the middle of the nite


INQUIRY       
First Line: My questions concern the subject poetry
Last Line: Give me some more


INVITATION TO MY FRIENDS       
First Line: You have to come with me


IRREPRESSIBLY BRONZE, BEAUTIFUL AND MINE       
First Line: All my life they've been near me


IT HASNT ALWAYS BEEN THIS WAY: 1. MOOD INDIGO       
First Line: It hasnt always been this way %ellington was a not a street


IT HASNT ALWAYS BEEN THIS WAY: 2. IMPROVISATION       
First Line: There is something caught in my throat


IT HASNT ALWAYS BEEN THIS WAY: 3. TAKE THE A TRAIN       
First Line: I could sleep with a man


ITS HAPPENIN/BUT YOU DONT KNOW ABT IT       
First Line: These kisses are clandestine
Last Line: The kisses/they %flyin %if you look at me %how you do so


JONESTOWN OR THE DISCO       
First Line: Shall we go to jonestown or the disco
Last Line: Yes lord/I'ma go to the disco/ where I cd dance myself to %death %shout hallalujah/ praise the lord


JUST AS THE DEL VIKINGS STOLE MY HEART       
First Line: My fairy godmother retired %with the brown vs. Ferguson decision


LA LUTA CONTINUA       
First Line: The sunlight hit jean-rene. The sepia half-moon of a


LATIN NIGHT IS MONDAY       
First Line: Monday night is latin night


LIZARD SERIES I       
First Line: A dogon iguana %one eye open seeing me
Last Line: Crossed the border %right under %yr %eyes


LOTSA BODY & CULTURAL HERITAGE       
First Line: Can I have a word - the word wid you


LOVE & OTHER HIGHWAYS       


LOVIN YOU IS ECSTASY TO ME    Poem Text    
First Line: 25 years w/ the art ensemble
Last Line: Lovin you is ecstasy to me
Subject(s): Jazz; Music & Musicians


LOVIN YOU IS ECSTASY TO ME       
First Line: 25 years w %the art ensemble


MARINE INSTRUCTION       
First Line: When a woman can walk down gold street


MY FATHER IS A RETIRED MAGICIAN    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Fathers


MY FATHER IS A RETIRED MAGICIAN       
Last Line: & you gonna love it/bein colored/all yr life/colored & love it %love it/bein colored
Subject(s): Fathers And Daughters


NAPPY EDGES (A ACROSS COUNTRY SOJOURN)    Poem Text    
First Line: St. Louis - such a colored town - a whiskey
Subject(s): African Americans - Women


NAPPY EDGES (A ACROSS COUNTRY SOJOURN)       
First Line: St. Louis - such a colored town - a whiskey
Last Line: This is my space %I am not movin
Subject(s): African Americans - Women


NEW ORLEANS NUPTIALS       
First Line: I knew I'd know the ends of the earth


NIGHT LETTER #3       
First Line: The telephone company is harassin me in my sleep


NO GUSTS OF WIND TICKLE ME       
First Line: I have always wisht it waznt so hot


NO MORE LOVE POEMS #1    Poem Text    
First Line: Ever since I realized there waz someone callt / a colored girl an evil woman
Subject(s): African Americans - Women


NO MORE LOVE POEMS #1       
First Line: Ever since I realized there waz someone callt %a colored girl an evil woman
Last Line: I cdnt stand bein sorry & cololred at the same time %it's so redundant in the modern world
Subject(s): African Americans - Women


OAKLAND IN FEBRUARY       
First Line: Everyday now %somebody is gettin it on to death


ODESSA       
First Line: Carries an old sweater


OH, I'M 10 MONTHS PREGNANT       
First Line: I tried to tell the doctor


OKRA TO GREENS - AN ASIDE ON AMSTERDAM AVENUE       
First Line: Spose I say I know yr leafy


OKRA TO GREENS AGAIN (SPECIAL DELIVERY)       
First Line: What language is it in %when my bed is too big cuz yr not in it


OKRA TO GREENS: A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE OF SOUND, DOWNTOWN       
First Line: I thought I might be in slug's
Last Line: It's ten years later/ & the changes are transcribed
Subject(s): Jazz; Music & Musicians


OL FASHION LADY       
First Line: She's got whiskers


OLD MEN MEET       


ON BECOMIN SUCCESSFUL       
First Line: Why don't you go on & integrate a
Last Line: Me/ didn't want certain moments at all/ I'd giv em to %anybody


ONE MORE POEM FOR DOLPHY       
First Line: It's not like the old days %when unicorns cd only have virgins


ONE THING I DONT NEED'       
Last Line: Steda bein sorry alla the time %enjoy bein yrself
Subject(s): African Americans - Women


PASSAGES: EARTH SPACE       
First Line: There is no one in the bottom of a champagne bottle


PEOPLE OF WATTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Where we come from, sometimes, beauty
Subject(s): Los Angeles; African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


PROLOGUE: NIGHT LIGHTNING       
First Line: Hurricanes rattle the house, pull up trees, send roofs


RESURRECTION OF THE DAUGHTER    Poem Text    
First Line: The family had been ill for some time
Subject(s): African Americans; Daughters; Family Life; Negroes; American Blacks; Relatives


RESURRECTION OF THE DAUGHTER       
First Line: The family had been ill for some time


REVELATIONS (THE NIGHT GREENS WENT OFF WITH RUTABAGA)       
First Line: When you disappeared %the night sat in my mouth


RISE UP FALLEN FIGHTERS (OKRA TAKES UP WITH A RASTAFARI MAN)       
First Line: I've been married to bob marley


SECHITA HAD HEARD THESE THINGS       


SENSES OF HERITAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: My grandpa waz a doughboy from carolina
Subject(s): Race Awareness; African Americans; Ancestors & Ancestry; Trees; Moon; Family Life; Negroes; American Blacks; Heritage; Heredity; Relatives


SENSES OF HERITAGE       
First Line: My grandpa was a doughboy from carolina


SERIOUS LESSONS LEARNED       
First Line: Ah haaa, beware beware my dear


SEVERAL PROPOSITIONS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NITE       
First Line: You are as sweet as magnolia milk


SOME MEN       
Subject(s): Men


SORRY'    Poem Text    


SUSPECT IS BLACK & IN HIS EARLY 20'S       
First Line: In the bay area in the spring of 1974 %the black community waz besieged


SYNECDOCHE - ASBURY PARK IN OCTOBER       
First Line: All the bldgs fell thru


TAKIN A SOLO - A POETIC POSSIBILITY - A POETIC IMPERATIVE       
First Line: If I asked: is this james brown or clifford jordan? You wd know


TANGO       
First Line: Loose in the brush pines


TELEPHONES & OTHER FALSE GODS       
First Line: I feel very unsafe


THINGS I WD SAY       


THIS WOMAN THINKS WE'RE DE BEAVOIR & JEAN PAUL       
First Line: Shd I have said like the lady & ben w.


THREE VIEWS OF MT. FUGI       
First Line: She got her sister to ride wit her to the liquor store %waz


TROPICAL DANCE       
First Line: En bahia women wrap %cloth like sun flowers


TWEEN ITAPARICA & ITAPUA       
First Line: Itaparica is where dona flor %took her two husbands


WE ARE JUST KINDA THAT WAY       
First Line: When ringling bros. Shows up to the madison square garden
Last Line: Happiness just jump right outta us/& we lookin good


WE NEED A GOD WHO BLEEDS NOW       


WHERE THE MISSISSIPPI MEETS THE AMAZON       
First Line: You fill me up so much


WHISPERS WITH THE UNICORN       


WHO AM I THINKIN OF       
First Line: When I write - I think of my friends


WHO IS SETTING THESE PRIORITIES?       
First Line: Today the cosmos satellite fell down over uranium city british columbia, canada


WHO NEEDS A HEART       
First Line: Somewhere in soweto there's a small girl


WITH NO IMMEDIATE CAUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Every 3 minutes a woman is beaten
Subject(s): Women - Abused; Wife Beating


WITH NO IMMEDIATE CAUSE       
First Line: Every 3 minutes a woman is beaten %every five minutes a woman is raped


WOW - YR JUST LIKE A MAN!       
First Line: He said hangin out with her waz just like hangin out witta man


WRAPPING THE WIND       
First Line: The waves leave the dunes sculpted


YOU ARE SUCHA FOOL    Poem Text    
First Line: You are sucha fool/ I haveta love you
Subject(s): Love; Poetry & Poets


YOU ARE SUCHA FOOL I HAVETA LOVE YOU       
Last Line: Just smile/I'll get it


“SORRY”    Poem Text    
First Line: One thing I dont need'
Last Line: & no count straight out stead of being sorry all of the time enjoy being yourself
Subject(s): Male-female Relationships; Love