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Brown, Sterling Allen    Poet's Biography
144 poems available by this author


AFTER THE STORM       
First Line: There is a pathetic beauty in it all
Last Line: Gayness to pathos, with no beauty lost
Subject(s): Beauty; Rain


AFTER WINTER    Poem Text    
First Line: He snuggles his fingers
Last Line: "runnin' space . . . "
Subject(s): Farm Life; Hope; Agriculture; Farmers; Optimism


AGAINST THAT DAY       
First Line: When your brave eyes are stopped with dust


ALL ARE GAY       
First Line: The picture of content should be complete


APRIL IN COOLWELL       
First Line: I know that I shall never see the rain


ARKANSAS CHANT       
First Line: The devil is a rider


BAD, BAD MAN       
First Line: Forget about your jesse james


BALLAD OF JOE MEEK       
First Line: You cain't never tell
Last Line: When you see him a-sleeping, %in the sun
Subject(s): African Americans


BESSIE       
First Line: Who will know bessie now of those who loved her


BITTER FRUIT OF THE TREE    Poem Text    
First Line: They said to my grandmother: 'please do not be bitter.'
Subject(s): African Americans; Racism; Negroes; American Blacks; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry


BITTER FRUIT OF THE TREE       
First Line: They said to my grandmother: 'please do not be bitter.'
Last Line: All you need to know is: you must not be bitter
Subject(s): African Americans; Racism


BREAK OF DAY       
First Line: Big jess fired on the alabama central
Last Line: But jess done gone, baby he done gone


CABARET    Poem Text    
First Line: Rich, flashy, puffy-faced / hebrew and anglo-saxon
Subject(s): African Americans - Song & Music; Jazz; Music & Musicians


CABARET       
First Line: Rich, flashy, puffy-faced %hebrew and anglo-saxon
Last Line: Is a bitter reminder of death %dee da dee daaaah
Subject(s): African Americans - Song And Music; Jazz; Music And Musicians


CALL BOY       
First Line: Git out o' bed, you rascals
Last Line: Actin' datway
Subject(s): Railroads; Wanderers And Wandering


CALL FOR BARNUM       
First Line: Conversation in the smoker


CHALLENGE       
First Line: I said, in drunken pride of youth and you


CHECKERS       
First Line: Mojo pete is bad


CHILDREN OF THE MISSISSIPPI       
First Line: These know fear; for all their singing


CHILDREN'S CHILDREN       
First Line: When they hear %these songs, born of the travail of their sires
Last Line: And nudge each other's satin clad %sleek sides


CHILLEN GET SHOES       
First Line: Hush little lily
Last Line: You'll be like moll, too, %bye and bye
Subject(s): African Americans - Children


CHOICES       
First Line: Don't want no yaller gal, dat's a color will not stay
Last Line: But I spec' she ain't born yet, and her mama she in the ground


CLOTEEL       
First Line: Cloteel: %rampart street knows you now


COLLOQUY (BLACK WORKER AND WHITE WORKER)       
First Line: It's been a long time since we got together, sam


CONJURED       
First Line: She done put huh little hands
Last Line: So long %alone
Subject(s): African Americans


CONVICT       
First Line: Jim is on the gang


COOLWELL VIGNETTE (FROM VIRGINIA WOODS)       
First Line: There is not much that he would ask for now


CRISPUS ATTACKS MCKOY       
First Line: I sing of a hero


CROSSING       
First Line: This is not jordan river
Last Line: Oh, one wide river to cross


DARK OF THE MOON       
First Line: Plant a fence post


EFFIE       
First Line: She who was easy for any chance lover


ELDER MISTLETOE       
First Line: Now elder johnson's name has been changed


EPISODE       
First Line: Black joe harmon has lost his job


FOR A CERTAIN YOUNGSTER       
First Line: Never fear, my lad, the dark winter's rages
Last Line: Making from failure all we know of hell!
Subject(s): Children; Fear; Strength


FORECLOSURE    Poem Text    
First Line: Father missouri takes his own
Last Line: And the old river rolls on, slowly to the gulf.
Subject(s): Missouri River; Rivers


FRANKIE AND JOHNNY       
First Line: Frankie was a half-wit, johnny was a nigger


FUNERAL       
First Line: The garnish of the world's acclaim


GEORGIE GRIMES, WITH A RED SUITCASE       


GLORY, GLORY       
First Line: When annie mae johnson condescends to take the air


HARLEM HAPPINESS       
First Line: I think there is in this the stuff for many lyrics


HARLEM STREET WALKERS       
First Line: Why do they walk so tragical


HE WAS A MAN       
First Line: It wasn't about no woman %it wasn't about no rape
Last Line: He wasd a man, an' we laid him down


HONEY MAH LOVE       
First Line: Time is unsportsmanlike with us,' I said


IDYLL       
First Line: I found me a cranny of perpetual dusk


ISAIAH TO MANDY       
First Line: Oh de wagon keeps a rollin'.


JOHNNY THOMAS       
First Line: Dey sent john thomas %to a one-room school


KENTUCKY BLUES       
First Line: I'm kentucky born


LAST RIDE OF WILD BILL: 1. THE CHALLENGE       
First Line: The new chief of police %banged his desk


LAST RIDE OF WILD BILL: 2. THE NEWS       
First Line: The news flashed %messenger boys dashed


LAST RIDE OF WILD BILL: 3. CIVIC RESPONSE       
First Line: The folks responded with civic pride


LAST RIDE OF WILD BILL: 4. THE DAY: THE CHIEF       
First Line: Into his office %the new chief came


LAST RIDE OF WILD BILL: 5. THE DAY: WILD BILL       
First Line: At eleven-thirty %wild bill was ready


LAST RIDE OF WILD BILL: 6. THE DAY: THE SPECTATORS       
First Line: The schools might as well %have declared a holilday


LAST RIDE OF WILD BILL: 7. THE CHASE: FIRST PART       
First Line: The hounds crossed a false trail


LAST RIDE OF WILD BILL: 8. THE CHASE: SECOND PART       
First Line: Up on ashby %the cops were gaining


LAST RIDE-OF WILD BILL: 10. THE LAST COLLECT       
First Line: When he came to %his bus was hitting


LAST RIDE-OF WILD BILL: 9. THE CHASE: THIRD PART       
First Line: The fox heard the dogs bark


LAW FOR GEORGE       
First Line: George %don't be no chinaman


LEGEND       
First Line: The old black man was stood on the block


LET US SUPPOSE       


LONG GONE       
First Line: I laks yo' kin' of lovin'
Subject(s): Wandering & Wanderers; Wanderlust; Vagabonds; Tramps; Hoboes


LONG GONE       
First Line: I laks yo' kin' of lovin'
Last Line: Jes' my name and jes' my habit %to be long gone
Subject(s): Wanderers And Wandering


LONG TRACK BLUES       
First Line: Went down to the yards
Last Line: Shine down on that babe o' mine
Subject(s): Blues (music); Railroads


LOUISIANA PASTORAL       
First Line: I gots to be gon now; we ding potaht


MA RAINEY    Poem Text    
First Line: When ma rainey comes to town
Subject(s): African Americans - Song & Music; African Americans - Women; Blues (music); Jazz; Music & Musicians; Rainey, Ma (1886-1939); Singing & Singers; Women; Songs


MA RAINEY       
First Line: When ma rainey comes to town
Last Line: She jes' gits hold of us dataway
Subject(s): African Americans - Song And Music; African Americans - Women; Blues (music); Jazz; Music And Musicians; Rainey, Ma (1886-1939); Singing And Singers; Women


MASTER AND MAN       
First Line: The yellow ears are crammed and in mr. Cromartie's bin
Last Line: Mr. Cromartie's harvest. Time now for rest


MAUMEE RUTH       
First Line: Might as well bury her


MECCA       
First Line: Maggie came up from spartansburg


MEMO: FOR THE RACE ORATORS       
First Line: This nigger too should be in history %this black man amply deserves his fame


MEMORIES OF SALEM (VIRGINIA)       
First Line: Lean pinchbeck housewives pointed their fingers


MEMPHIS BLUES    Poem Text    
First Line: Nineveh, tyre / babylon
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


MEMPHIS BLUES       
First Line: Nineveh, tyre %babylon
Last Line: De win' sing sperrichals %through deir dus'
Subject(s): African Americans


MILL MOUNTAIN       
First Line: The moon is but a lantern set by some


MISTER SAMUEL AND SAM       
First Line: Mister samuel, he belongs to rotary %sam to de sons of rest
Last Line: And dey's both of 'em po' los' boys


MOSE IS BLACK AND EVIL       


MR. DANNY       
First Line: Oh, danny got a goat to ride


NEGRO IMPROVEMENT LEAGUE       
First Line: I wondered at the huge blockade


NEW CONGO (WITH NO APOLOGIES TO VACHEL LINDSAY)       
First Line: Suave big jigs in a conference room


NEW ST. LOUIS BLUES: LOW DOWN       
First Line: So low down bummin' cut plug from de passers by


NEW ST. LOUIS BLUES: MARKET STREET WOMAN       
First Line: Market street woman is known fuh to have dark days
Last Line: Let her git what she can git, 'fo dey lays on de coolin' board
Subject(s): African Americans - Women; Jazz; Music And Musicians


NEW ST. LOUIS BLUES: TORNADO BLUES       
First Line: Black wind come a-speedin' down da river from de kansas plains
Subject(s): Tornadoes


NEW STEPS       


NO HIDING PLACE: 1. HARLEM STOPOVER       


NO HIDING PLACE: 2. THE COTTON SOUTH       


NO HIDING PLACE: 3. DOWN IN ATLANTA       


NO HIDING PLACE: 4. 'ROCKS CRIED OUT.'       


NO HIDING PLACE: 5. ROAD TO THE LEFT       


NO HIDING PLACE: 6. FRILOT COVE       


NO HIDING PLACE: 7. WASHINGTON, D.C.       


NO HIDING PLACE: 8. REMEMBRANCES       


NO MORE WORLDS TO CONQUER       
First Line: My boy alec is a smart bootlegger


NOUS N'IRONS PLUS AU BOIS       
First Line: Oh, I shall meet your friends, and chatter on


ODYSSEY OF BIG BOY       
First Line: Lemme be wid casey jones
Last Line: Lemme be wid ole jazzbo


OLD KING COTTON       


OLD LEM    Poem Text    
First Line: I talked to old lem
Last Line: "but they come by tens."
Subject(s): Racism; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry


OLD MAN BUZZARD       


OLD WOMAN REMEMBERS       
First Line: Her eyes were gentle; her voice was for soft singing
Last Line: And then %there wasn't any riot any more.'


ONE WAY OF TAKING LEAVE       
First Line: We knew, the coming day would see us parted


PARDNERS       
First Line: Jim never had no luck wid de women


PARISH DOCTOR       
First Line: They come to him for subscriptions


PUTTIN' ON DOG       
First Line: Look at old scrappy puttin' on dog


RAIN       
First Line: Outside the cold, cold night; the dripping rain


RAISE A SONG       
First Line: Remember %how on the reeking schooner


REAL MAMMY SONG       
First Line: Mammy %sun shine east, sun shines west


REMEMBERING NAT TURNER    Poem Text    
First Line: We saw a bloody sunset over courtland, once jerusalem
Last Line: The marker split for kindling a kitchen fire.
Subject(s): African Americans; Jerusalem; Slavery; Turner, Nat (1800-1831); Negroes; American Blacks; Serfs


RENT DAY BLUES       
First Line: I says to my baby
Last Line: Fo' a devilish good reason why


RETURN       
First Line: I have gone back in boyish wonderment


REVELATIONS       
First Line: I shall recall %as a sinister omen


RIVERBANK BLUES       
First Line: A man git his feet set in a sticky mudbank


ROBERTA LEE       
First Line: A lee of lewisburg in this place


RUMINATIONS OF LUKE JOHNSON       
First Line: I got me a question


SALUTAMUS       
First Line: The bitterness of days like these we know


SAM SMILEY       
First Line: The whites had taught him how to rip
Last Line: Buckdanced on the midnight air


SCOTTY HAS HIS SAY       
First Line: Whuh folks, whuh folks; don' wuk muh brown too hahd!
Last Line: Who's practisin' de chahlston in yo' big backyahd


SEEKING RELIGION       
First Line: Lulu walked forlornly in late april twilight


SHARECROPPERS       
First Line: When they rode up at first dark and called his name
Last Line: Plant de white-oak and de black-oak side by side.'


SIDE BE SIDE       
First Line: Listen, johncracker; hear me, joe nigg


SISTER LOU    Poem Text    
First Line: Honey
Last Line: Honey, take yo' bressed time.
Subject(s): African Americans; Death; Railroads; Negroes; American Blacks; Dead, The; Railways; Trains


SLIM GREER       
First Line: Listen to the tale %of ole slim greer
Last Line: You'se a leetle too dumb, %fo' to stay up here
Variant Title(s): Slim In Hel
Subject(s): African Americans


SLIM HEARS 'THE CALL'       
First Line: Down at the barbershop %slim had the floor
Last Line: Ef de cap fits you, brother, %put it on


SLIM IN ATLANTA       
First Line: Down in atlanta / de whitefolks got laws
Subject(s): Atlanta, Georgia


SLIM IN ATLANTA       
First Line: Down in atlanta %de whitefolks got laws
Last Line: Den, things was as usural %in atlanta, gee a
Subject(s): Atlanta, Georgia


SLIM LANDS A JOB       
First Line: Poppa greer happened %down arkansaw way


SONG OF TRIUMPH       
First Line: Let the band play dixie


SOUTHERN COP       
First Line: Let us forgive ty kendricks
Last Line: And the dying negro moan
Subject(s): African Americans; Murder


SOUTHERN ROAD    Poem Text    
First Line: Swing dat hammer - hunh - / steady, bo'
Subject(s): African Americans; Roads; Southern States; Negroes; American Blacks; Paths; Trails; South (u.s.)


SOUTHERN ROAD       
First Line: Swing dat hammer - hunh - %steady, bo'
Last Line: Let me go; %po' los' boy, bebby, %evahmo...
Subject(s): African Americans; Roads; Southern States


SPORTING BEASLEY       
First Line: Good glory, give a look at sporting beasley
Last Line: Let him have his spats and cane


STRANGE LEGACIES       
First Line: One thing you left with us, jack johnson
Last Line: Guess we'll give it one mo' try. %guess we'll give it one mo' try'


STREET CAR GANG       
First Line: For the bread for the children


STRONG MEN    Poem Text    
First Line: They dragged you from the homeland
Subject(s): African Americans; Racism; Slavery; Social Protest; Strength; Negroes; American Blacks; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry; Serfs


STRONG MEN       
First Line: They dragged you from the homeland
Last Line: The strong men gittin' stronger %strong men %stronger
Subject(s): African Americans; Racism; Slavery; Social Protest; Strength


TELLING FORTUNES       
First Line: Oh you were quite the gypsy on that night
Subject(s): Fortune Tellers


TEMPLE       
First Line: The orator finished his eulogy


THOUGHTS OF DEATH / CROWD OVER MY HAPPINESS       


TIN ROOF BLUES       
First Line: I'm goin' where de southern crosses top de c. & o
Last Line: I'm goin' where de shingles covers people mo' my kind
Subject(s): African Americans; Southern States


TO A CERTAIN LADY, IN HER GARDEN       
First Line: Lady, my lady, come from out the garden


TO SALLY, WALKING       
First Line: Your vividness grants collor where
Last Line: Thread the dull thoroughfare
Subject(s): Alphabet Verse


TRANSFER       
First Line: It must have been that the fellow was tongue-tied
Last Line: We can stand so much, then doan stan no mo''


UNCLE JOE       
First Line: Hot dawg it, but it's hot-hot dis mawnin


VIRGINIA PORTRAIT       
First Line: Winter is settling on the place; the sedge


WHEN DE SAINTS GO MA'CHIN' HOME       
First Line: He'd play, after the bawdy songs and blues


YOUNG ONES       
First Line: With cotton to the doorstep
Last Line: Praise god from whom %all blessings flow'
Subject(s): African Americans