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Author: TOOMER, JEAN
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Toomer, Jean    Poet's Biography
48 poems available by this author


AT SEA    Poem Text    
First Line: Once I saw large waves
Subject(s): Sea; Ocean


AT SEA       
First Line: Once I saw large waves
Last Line: But I, not they, %felt the pang of transience
Subject(s): Sea


BANKING COAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Whoever it was who brought the first wood and coal
Last Line: All money ever saved by banking coal.
Subject(s): Coal Mines & Miners


BEEHIVE       
First Line: Within this black hive to-night
Last Line: Wish that I might fly out past the moon %and curl forever in some far-off farmyard flower


BROWN RIVER, SMILE    Poem Text    
First Line: It is a new america
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


BROWN RIVER, SMILE       
First Line: It is a new america
Last Line: It is a new america, %to be spiritualized by each new american
Subject(s): African Americans


CALLING JESUS       
First Line: Her soul is like a little thrust-tailed dog that follows her, whimpering
Last Line: Sleeps: cradled in dream-fluted cane


CANE: HER LIPS ARE COPPER WIRE    Poem Text    
First Line: Whisper of yellow globes
Last Line: Till they are incandescent


CANE: NOVEMBER COTTON FLOWER    Poem Text    
First Line: Boll-weevil's coming, and the winter's cold
Last Line: Beauty so sudden for that time of year.
Variant Title(s): November Cotton Flower
Subject(s): Cotton; Drought; Farm Life; Agriculture; Farmers


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


CONVERSION    Poem Text    
First Line: African guardian of souls
Subject(s): Blacks; Racism; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry


CONVERSION       
First Line: African guardian of souls
Last Line: Amen %shouts hosanna


COTTON SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: Come, brother, come. Lets lift it
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


COTTON SONG       
First Line: Come, brother, come. Lets lift it
Last Line: Come, brother, roll, roll!
Subject(s): African Americans


EVENING SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: Full moon rising on the waters of my heart
Subject(s): Love


EVENING SONG       
First Line: Full moon rising on the waters of my heart
Last Line: Lips pressed against my heart


FACE    Poem Text    
First Line: Hair -- / silver-gray
Subject(s): Faces


FACE       
First Line: Hair -- %silver-gray
Last Line: Purple in the evening sun %nearly ripe for worms
Subject(s): Faces


FIVE VIGNETTES       
First Line: The red-tiled ships you see reflected
Last Line: In y. Don's laundry %a chinese baby fell %and cried as any other


FOR M.W.    Poem Text    
First Line: There is no transcience of twilight in
Subject(s): African Americans - Women; Beauty


GEORGIA DUSK    Poem Text    
First Line: The sky, lazily disdaining to pursue
Last Line: Bring dreams of christ to dusky cane-lipped throngs.
Subject(s): Georgia (state); Picnics; Barbecues


GODS ARE HERE       
First Line: This is no mountain
Last Line: I will arise %and take majesty into the kitchen


GUM       
First Line: On top of two tall buildings
Last Line: Jaws jesus %jawing gum


HARVEST SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: I am a reaper whose muscles set at sundown. All my oats are cradled
Subject(s): African Americans; Harvest; Hunger; Negroes; American Blacks


HARVEST SONG       
First Line: I am a reaper whose muscles set at sundown. All my oats are cradled
Last Line: It will not bring me knowledge of my hunger
Subject(s): African Americans; Harvest; Hunger


HER LIPS ARE COPPER WIRE    Poem Text    
First Line: Whisper of yellow globes
Subject(s): Kisses


IMPRINT FOR RIO GRANDE       
First Line: The indians beat drums, sing and dance to assert
Last Line: That comes to earth in new mexico


KARINTHA    Poem Text    
First Line: Her skin is like dusk on the eastern horizon
Last Line: When the sun goes down
Subject(s): Beauty


KARINTHA       
First Line: Men had always wanted her, this karintha, even as a child
Last Line: When the sun goes down. %goes down


KARINTHA       
First Line: Her skin is like dusk on the eastern horizon
Last Line: ...When the sun goes down %goes down
Subject(s): Beauty; Man-woman Relationships; Youth


LOST DANCER       
First Line: Spatial depths of being survive
Last Line: Upon his dance, his dance upon %the diamond body of his being


NOVEMBER COTTON FLOWER    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Cotton; Autumn; Southern States; Fall; South (u.s.)


NULLO       
First Line: A spray of pine-needles
Last Line: Nor did the forest catch aflame


PEOPLE    Poem Text    
First Line: To those fixed on white,
Subject(s): Race Awareness


PORTRAIT IN GEORGIA    Poem Text    
First Line: Hair--braided chestnut,
Subject(s): Lynching; Racism; Georgia (state) African Americans - Women; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry


PRAYER       
First Line: My body is opaque to the soul
Last Line: O spirits of whom my soul is but a little finger


REAPERS    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Black reapers with the sound of steel on stones
Subject(s): Harvest; Mowing & Mowers; Rats; Seasons; Lawn Mowers


REAPERS       
First Line: Black reapers with the sound of steel on stones
Last Line: His belly close to ground. I see the blade, %blood-stained, continue cutting weeds and shade
Subject(s): Harvest; Mowing And Mowers; Rats; Seasons


SEVENTH STREET    Poem Text    
First Line: Money burns the pocket, pocket hurts
Subject(s): African Americans; City & Town Life; Social Commentaries; United States - Prohibition (1919-1933); Negroes; American Blacks


SEVENTH STREET       
First Line: Money burns the pocket, pocket hurts
Last Line: Whizzing, whizzing down the street-car tracks


SONG OF THE SON    Poem Text    
First Line: Pour, o pour that parting soul in song
Subject(s): African Americans; Holidays; New Year; Slavery; Negroes; American Blacks; Serfs


SONG OF THE SON       
First Line: Pour, o pour that parting soul in song
Last Line: Caroling softly souls of slavery
Subject(s): African Americans; Holidays; New Year; Slavery


STORM ENDING    Poem Text    
First Line: Thunder blossoms gorgeously above our heads
Subject(s): Storms


STORM ENDING       
First Line: Thunder blossoms gorgeously above our heads
Last Line: And the sweet earth flying from the thunder


TELL ME    Poem Text    
First Line: Tell me, dear beauty of the dusk,
Subject(s): Relationships


THE GODS ARE HERE    Poem Text    
First Line: There is no mountain
Subject(s): Home


THE LOST DANCER    Poem Text    
First Line: Spatial depths of being survive
Subject(s): Dancing & Dancers


UNSUSPECTING    Poem Text    
First Line: There is a natty kind of mind
Subject(s): Mind, The