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Hughes, James Langston    Poet's Biography
Alternate Author Name(s): Hughes, Langston
1022 poems available by this author


125TH STREET    Poem Text    
First Line: Face like a chocolate bar
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


125TH STREET       
First Line: Face like a chocolate bar
Last Line: Face like a melon, %grin that wide
Subject(s): African Americans


403 BLUES       
First Line: You lucky to be a spider
Last Line: Must not of cared for me
Subject(s): African Americans


50-50    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm all alone in this world, she said
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


50-50       
First Line: I'm all alone in this world, she said
Last Line: He said, share your bed %and your money, too
Subject(s): African Americans


A       
First Line: There was an ape
Last Line: Stuck-up clown


A HOUSE IN TAOS       
First Line: Rain / thunder of the rain god
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


ABE LINCOLN       
First Line: Well, I know %you had a hard time in your life
Last Line: Ain't just white %or black
Subject(s): African Americans


ACCEPTANCE       
First Line: God, in his infinite wisdom
Last Line: They hardly take god by surprise
Subject(s): African Americans


ADDITION (1)       
First Line: 7 x 7 + love =
Last Line: 7 x 7 - love
Subject(s): African Americans


ADDITION (2)       
First Line: Put 5 and 5 together
Last Line: Come between -- %or men
Subject(s): African Americans


ADVERTISEMENT FOR THE WALDORF-ASTORIA       
First Line: Fine living...A la carte??
Last Line: Reservations: telephone el. 5-3000
Variant Title(s): Come To The Waldorf-astori
Subject(s): African Americans; Waldorf-astoria Hotel, New York City


ADVICE    Poem Text    
First Line: Folks, I'm telling you
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


ADVICE       
First Line: Folks, I'm telling you
Last Line: So get yourself a little loving %in between
Subject(s): African Americans


AESTHETE IN HARLEM       
First Line: Strange, %that in this nigger place
Last Line: And found life - stepping on my feet!
Subject(s): African Americans


AFRAID       
First Line: We cry among the skyscrapers
Last Line: It is night, %and we are afraid
Subject(s): African Americans


AFRICA       
First Line: Sleepy giant, %you've been resting awhile
Last Line: The new stride %in your thighs
Subject(s): African Americans


AFRO-AMERICAN FRAGMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: So long, / so far away
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


AFRO-AMERICAN FRAGMENT       
First Line: So long, %so far away
Last Line: So far away %is africa's %dark face
Subject(s): African Americans


AFTER MANY SPRINGS       
First Line: Now, %in june
Last Line: I cannot find them any more
Subject(s): African Americans


AFTER WAR       
First Line: The walls that kept apart
Last Line: So the world's workers can see


AIR RAID OVER HARLEM       
First Line: Who you gonna put in it?
Last Line: Look at me! %I'm harlem!
Subject(s): African Americans


AIR RAID: BARCELONA       
First Line: Black smoke of sound
Last Line: Men uncover bodies %from ruins of stone
Subject(s): African Americans; Air Warfare; Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


ALABAMA EARTH (AT BOOKER WASHINGTON'S GRAVE)       
First Line: Deep in alabama earth
Last Line: Love -- and chains are broken
Subject(s): African Americans; African Americans - History; Alabama; Washington, Booker T. (1856-1915)


ALWAYS THE SAME       
First Line: It is the same everywhere for me
Last Line: Never will come down!
Subject(s): African Americans


AMERICA       
First Line: Little dark baby, %little jew baby
Last Line: I am my one sole self, %america seeking the stars
Subject(s): African Americans


AMERICA'S YOUNG BLACK JOE       
First Line: One tenth of the population
Last Line: I'm america's young black joe
Subject(s): African Americans


AMERICAN HEARTBREAK    Poem Text    
First Line: I am the american heartbreak
Subject(s): African Americans; Hypocrisy; Negroes; American Blacks


AMERICAN HEARTBREAK       
First Line: I am the american heartbreak
Last Line: The great mistake %that jamestown %made long ago
Subject(s): African Americans; Hypocrisy


ANGELS WINGS       
First Line: The angels wings is white as snow
Last Line: But the angels wings is white as snow, %white %as %snow
Subject(s): African Americans


ANGOLA QUESTION MARK       
First Line: Don't know why I
Last Line: For you and me %there's %woe
Subject(s): African Americans


ANNE SPENCER'S TABLE       
First Line: On anne spencer's table
Last Line: Many things she knows to write
Subject(s): African Americans


ANNOUNCEMENT       
First Line: I had a gal %she was driving alone
Last Line: That gal don't drive my car no more
Subject(s): African Americans


APRIL RAIN SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: Let the rain kiss you
Subject(s): African Americans; April; Spring; Negroes; American Blacks


APRIL RAIN SONG       
First Line: Let the rain kiss you
Last Line: And I love the rain
Subject(s): African Americans; April; Spring


ARDELLA       
First Line: I would liken you
Last Line: To a sleep without dreams %were it not for your songs
Subject(s): African Americans


ARGUMENT       
First Line: White is right, %yellow is mellow, %black get back
Last Line: Black is fine! %and, god knows, %it's mine!
Subject(s): African Americans


ARGUMENT (1)       
First Line: Now lookahere, gal
Last Line: You bettah keep yo' freight train %off ma line
Subject(s): African Americans


AS BEFITS A MAN       
First Line: I don't mind dying
Last Line: Please don't take him away! %ow-ooo-oo-o! %don't take daddy away!
Subject(s): African Americans


AS I GREW OLDER    Poem Text    
First Line: It was a long time ago
Subject(s): African Americans; Aging; Negroes; American Blacks


AS I GREW OLDER       
First Line: It was a long time ago
Last Line: Into a thousand whirling dreams %of sun!
Subject(s): African Americans; Aging


ASK YOUR MAMA       
First Line: From the shadows of the quarter %shouts are whispers carrying
Last Line: Their grass with unicorns
Subject(s): African Americans


ASPIRATION       
First Line: I wonder how it feels
Last Line: In this world %before I go
Subject(s): African Americans


AUGUST 19TH...A POEM FOR CLARENCE NORRIS       
First Line: What flag will fly for me
Last Line: August 19th
Subject(s): African Americans


AUNT SUE'S STORIES    Poem Text    
First Line: Aunt sue has a head full of stories
Subject(s): African Americans; Family Life; Negroes; American Blacks; Relatives


AUNT SUE'S STORIES       
First Line: Aunt sue has a head full of stories
Last Line: Of a summer night %listening to aunt sue's stories
Subject(s): African Americans; Family Life


AUTUMN NOTE       
First Line: The little flowers of yesterday
Last Line: The cold of winter comes apace %and you have gone away
Subject(s): African Americans


AUTUMN THOUGHT       
First Line: Flowers are happy in summer
Last Line: Like little brown butterflies
Subject(s): African Americans


AZIKIWE IN JAIL       
First Line: The british said to azikiwe
Last Line: If you cook me!
Subject(s): African Americans


B       
First Line: A bumble bee flew
Last Line: So that bee looked for honey %for hours


BABY       
First Line: Albert! %hey, albert!
Last Line: Albert, don't you play in dat road


BACKLASH BLUES       
First Line: Mister backlash, mister backlash
Last Line: Yes, you're the one %will have the blues
Subject(s): African Americans


BAD LUCK CARD    Poem Text    
First Line: Cause you don't love me
Subject(s): African Americans; Luck; Negroes; American Blacks


BAD LUCK CARD       
First Line: Cause you don't love me
Last Line: Gypsy says I'd kill my self %if I was you
Subject(s): African Americans; Luck


BAD MAN       
First Line: I'm a bad, bad man
Last Line: I wouldn't go to heaben if I could
Subject(s): African Americans


BAD MORNING    Poem Text    
First Line: Here I sit / with my shoes mismated
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


BAD MORNING       
First Line: Here I sit %with my shoes mismated
Last Line: Lawdy-mercy! %I's frustrated!
Subject(s): African Americans


BALLAD OF A MAN WHO'S GONE       
First Line: No money to bury him
Last Line: A poor man ain't got %no business to die
Subject(s): African Americans


BALLAD OF BOOKER T.       
First Line: Booker t. %was a practical man
Last Line: Let down your bucket %where you are
Subject(s): African Americans


BALLAD OF GIN MARY       
First Line: Carried me to de court
Last Line: Till licker'll let you be
Subject(s): African Americans


BALLAD OF HARRY MOORE       
First Line: Florida means land of flowers
Last Line: Freedom never dies
Subject(s): African Americans


BALLAD OF LENIN       
First Line: Comrade lenin of russia
Last Line: The world is our room
Subject(s): African Americans; Lenin, Vladimir Ilyich (1870-1924); Russia


BALLAD OF LITTLE SALLIE       
First Line: Little sallie, little sallie
Last Line: That's what we'll do
Subject(s): African Americans


BALLAD OF MARGIE POLITE       
First Line: If margie polite
Last Line: It were %margie's day
Subject(s): African Americans


BALLAD OF MARY'S SON       
First Line: It was in the spring
Last Line: His body and his blood %redeem mine
Subject(s): African Americans


BALLAD OF NEGRO HISTORY       
First Line: There is so much to write about
Last Line: My race! My race!
Subject(s): African Americans


BALLAD OF OZIE POWELL       
First Line: Red is the alabama road
Last Line: But redder now where your life's blood flowed, %ozie! Ozie powell!
Subject(s): African Americans


BALLAD OF ROOSEVELT       
First Line: The pot was empty
Last Line: What's the matter here?
Subject(s): African Americans; Roosevelt, Franklin Delano (1882-1945)


BALLAD OF SAM SOLOMON       
First Line: Sam solomon said
Last Line: A negro is a man
Subject(s): African Americans


BALLAD OF THE BLACK SHEEP       
First Line: My brother, %he never left the old fireside
Last Line: Help me, jesus
Subject(s): African Americans


BALLAD OF THE BOOTBLACK       
First Line: While passing through alabam
Last Line: Down here, he said


BALLAD OF THE FOOL       
First Line: Poor, poor fool! %no sense at all
Last Line: Was a fool that way
Subject(s): African Americans


BALLAD OF THE FORTUNE TELLER       
First Line: Madam could look in your hand
Last Line: What your future meant, %couldn't tell, to save her, %where dave went
Subject(s): African Americans


BALLAD OF THE GIRL WHOSE NAME IS MUD       
First Line: A girl with all that raising
Last Line: That if she had a chance %she'd do it again!
Subject(s): African Americans; Pride


BALLAD OF THE GYPSY       
First Line: I went to the gypsy's
Last Line: But if I was a gypsy %I would take your money, too
Subject(s): African Americans


BALLAD OF THE KILLER BOY       
First Line: Bernice said she wanted
Last Line: Ask that woman -- %she knows why
Subject(s): African Americans


BALLAD OF THE LANDLORD    Poem Text    
First Line: Landlord, landlord. / my roof has sprung a leak
Subject(s): African Americans; Landlords & Tenants; Negroes; American Blacks


BALLAD OF THE LANDLORD       
First Line: Landlord, landlord. %my roof has sprung a leak
Last Line: Judge gives negro 90 days in county jail
Subject(s): African Americans; Landlords And Tenants


BALLAD OF THE MISER       
First Line: He took all his money
Last Line: To a miser saving money's %too much fun
Subject(s): African Americans


BALLAD OF THE PAWNBROKER       
First Line: This gold watch and chain
Last Line: Life! %what'll you lend
Subject(s): African Americans


BALLAD OF THE SEVEN SONGS       
First Line: Seven letters, %seven songs
Last Line: And go home to my lord %and be free
Subject(s): African Americans


BALLAD OF THE SINNER       
First Line: I went down the road
Last Line: Pray for me, mama
Subject(s): African Americans


BALLAD OF WALTER WHITE       
First Line: Now walter white
Last Line: That can pass for white
Subject(s): African Americans


BAR       
First Line: That whiskey will cook the egg %say not so
Last Line: Maybe the egg %will cook the whiskey. %you ought to know!
Subject(s): African Americans


BAREFOOT BLUES       
First Line: Papa, don't you see my shoes?
Last Line: Papa, is your money gone?
Subject(s): African Americans


BARREL HOUSE: INDUSTRIAL CITY       
First Line: There is a barrel house on the avenue


BATTLE GROUND       
First Line: The soldier said to the general
Last Line: Cause I'm the general! See?
Subject(s): African Americans


BE-BOP BOYS    Poem Text    
First Line: Imploring mecca
Last Line: With decca.
Subject(s): African Americans; Jazz; Music & Musicians; Negroes; American Blacks


BEALE STREET       
First Line: The dream is vague
Last Line: The loss %of the dream %leaves nothing %the same
Subject(s): African Americans


BEALE STREET LOVE       
First Line: Love %is a brown man's fist
Last Line: Hit me again, %says corinda
Subject(s): African Americans


BEAUMONT TO DETROIT: 1943       
First Line: Looky here, america
Last Line: Both hitler -- and jim crow
Subject(s): African Americans


BEAUTY       
First Line: They give to beauty here --
Last Line: Adulation, but no care
Subject(s): African Americans


BEGGAR BOY       
First Line: What is there within this beggar lad
Last Line: As if fate had not bled him with her knife
Subject(s): African Americans


BEING OLD       
First Line: It's because you are so young
Last Line: You do not understand
Subject(s): African Americans


BEING WALKERS WITH THE DAWN       
Last Line: Being walkers with the sun and morning
Variant Title(s): Walkers With The Daw
Subject(s): Justice


BELLS TOLL KINDLY       
First Line: Many clocks in many towers
Last Line: The final hour drawing near
Subject(s): African Americans


BETTER       
First Line: Better in the quiet night
Last Line: To listen to no song at all %than hear another voice
Subject(s): African Americans


BIBLE BELT       
First Line: It would be too bad if jesus
Last Line: You may be %crucified
Subject(s): African Americans


BIG BUDDY       
First Line: Big buddy, big buddy
Last Line: Don't you hear this hammer ring?
Subject(s): African Americans


BIG SUR       
First Line: Great lonely hills
Last Line: Mighty touchstones of song
Subject(s): African Americans


BIG-TIMER       
First Line: Who am I? It ain't so deep:
Last Line: That's...All...I...Am
Subject(s): African Americans


BIRD IN ORBIT       
First Line: De -- %delight -- %delighted! Introduce me to eartha
Last Line: Soaking up the music %music
Subject(s): African Americans


BIRMINGHAM SUNDAY       
First Line: Four little girls %who went to sunday school that day
Last Line: As yet unfelt among magnolia trees
Subject(s): African Americans


BIRTH       
First Line: Oh, fields of wonder
Last Line: To make %some word %to tell
Subject(s): African Americans; Life Change Events


BITTER RIVER       
First Line: There is a bitter river
Last Line: I'm tired of the bitter river! %tired of the bars!
Subject(s): African Americans; Lynching


BLACK CLOWN       
First Line: You laugh %because I'm poor and black and funny --
Last Line: But now -- %I'm a man
Subject(s): African Americans


BLACK DANCERS       
First Line: We %who have nothing to lose
Last Line: Lest our laughter %goes from %us
Subject(s): African Americans


BLACK GAL       
First Line: I's always been a workin' girl
Last Line: Oh, god, I wants him back
Subject(s): African Americans


BLACK MAN SPEAKS       
First Line: I swear to the lord
Last Line: Old jim crow's sorrow?
Subject(s): African Americans


BLACK MARIA       
First Line: Must be the black maria
Last Line: And a new day, %yes a new day's %done begun!
Subject(s): African Americans


BLACK PANTHER       
First Line: Pushed into the corner
Last Line: Of the oldest %lies
Subject(s): African Americans


BLACK PIERROT       
First Line: I am a black pierrot
Last Line: I went forth in the morning %to seek a new brown love


BLACK SEED       
First Line: World-wide dusk
Last Line: Tell them to leave you alone!
Subject(s): African Americans


BLACK WORKERS       
First Line: The bees work
Last Line: But it won't last %forever
Subject(s): African Americans


BLIND       
First Line: I am blind. %I cannot see
Last Line: Of one like me
Subject(s): African Americans


BLUE BAYOU       
First Line: I went walkin'
Last Line: Down, %down, %lawd, I saw the sun go down!
Subject(s): African Americans


BLUE MONDAY       
First Line: No use in my going
Last Line: That old blue monday %will surely get you down
Subject(s): African Americans


BLUES       
First Line: When the shoe strings break
Last Line: That's the blues, too, and bad!
Subject(s): African Americans


BLUES AT DAWN       
First Line: I don't dare start thinking in the morning
Last Line: If I recall the day before, %I wouldn't get up no more %so I don't dare start remembering in the mor
Subject(s): African Americans


BLUES FANTASY       
First Line: Hey! Hey! %that's what the %blues singers say
Last Line: Hey! ... Hey! %laugh a loud, %hey! Hey!
Subject(s): African Americans


BLUES IN STEREO       
First Line: Your number's coming out!
Last Line: My tv keeps on snowing
Subject(s): African Americans


BLUES ON A BOX       
First Line: Play your guitar, boy
Last Line: Ain't no more!
Subject(s): African Americans


BOARDING HOUSE       
First Line: The graveyard is the
Last Line: Let the graveyard be the %cheapest boarding house
Subject(s): African Americans


BOMBINGS IN DIXIE       
First Line: It's not enough to mourn
Last Line: That men be burned to death - %and bless the fire
Subject(s): African Americans


BONDS FOR ALL       
First Line: Buy a bond for grandma --
Last Line: With war bonds for all
Subject(s): African Americans; War Bonds


BONDS: IN MEMORIAM       
First Line: Eddie and charlie and jack and ted
Last Line: Keep looking that way
Subject(s): African Americans


BOOGIE: 1 A.M.       
First Line: Good evening, daddy! / I know you've heard
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


BOOGIE: 1 A.M.       
First Line: Good evening, daddy! %I know you've heard
Last Line: And twining the bass %into midnight ruffles %of cat-gut lace
Subject(s): African Americans


BORDER LINE    Poem Text    
First Line: I used to wonder / about living and dying
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


BORDER LINE       
First Line: I used to wonder %about living and dying
Last Line: I think the distance %is nowhere
Subject(s): African Americans


BOUND NO'TH BLUES    Poem Text    
First Line: Goin' down the road, lawd
Last Line: Fit fer a hoppin' toad.
Subject(s): African Americans; Blues (mood); Music & Musicians; Negroes; American Blacks


BOUQUET       
First Line: Gather quickly
Last Line: Before they melt %like snow
Subject(s): African Americans


BRAND NEW CLOTHES       
First Line: My mama told me
Last Line: With my brand new %clothes on
Subject(s): African Americans


BRASS SPITTOONS    Poem Text    
First Line: Clean the spittoons, boy
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


BRASS SPITTOONS       
First Line: Clean the spittoons, boy
Subject(s): African Americans


BREATH OF A ROSE       
First Line: Love is like dew
Last Line: Than the breath of a rose
Subject(s): African Americans


BRIEF ENCOUNTER       
First Line: I was lookin' for a sandwich, judge
Last Line: She was de wrongest thing, judge, %that I ever had
Subject(s): African Americans


BROADCAST ON ETHIOPIA       
First Line: The little fox is still
Last Line: In headlines all year long %ethiopia -- tragi-song
Subject(s): African Americans


BROADCAST TO THE WEST INDIES       
First Line: Hello, jamaica! %hello, haiti!
Last Line: Hello,! Hello! %hello, west indies
Subject(s): African Americans


BROKE       
First Line: Uh! I sho am tired
Last Line: Yes, um-hum! You sho is sweet! Can you pay fo de license, dear? %'cause I'm broke
Subject(s): African Americans


BROTHERLY LOVE       
First Line: In line of what my folks say in montgomery
Last Line: I'm gonna love you -- yes, I will! Or bust!
Subject(s): African Americans


BROTHERS       
First Line: We're related you and I
Last Line: You from africa, %I from the u.S.A. %brothers you and I
Subject(s): African Americans


BUDDY       
First Line: That kid's my buddy
Last Line: Anything he wants out of it
Subject(s): African Americans


BURDEN       
First Line: It is not weariness
Last Line: To song without sound
Subject(s): African Americans


C       
First Line: There was a camel
Last Line: Been in the dumps


CABARET       
First Line: Does a jazz-band ever sob
Last Line: When the little dawn was grey
Subject(s): African Americans


CAFE: 3 A.M.    Poem Text    
First Line: Detectives from the vice squad
Subject(s): African Americans; Gays & Lesbians; Negroes; American Blacks; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


CAFE: 3 A.M.       
First Line: Detectives from the vice squad
Last Line: Police lady or lesbian %over there? %where?
Subject(s): African Americans; Homosexuality


CALL OF ETHIOPIA       
First Line: Ethiopia %lift your night-dark face
Last Line: All you black peoples, %be free! Be free!
Subject(s): African Americans


CALL TO CREATION       
First Line: Listen! %all you beauty-makers
Last Line: Let beauty be
Subject(s): African Americans


CARIBBEAN SUNSET       
First Line: God having a hemorrhage
Last Line: That is sunset in the caribbean
Subject(s): African Americans


CAROL OF THE BROWN KING    Poem Text    
First Line: Of the three wise men
Subject(s): African Americans; Christmas; Negroes; American Blacks; Nativity, The


CAROL OF THE BROWN KING       
First Line: Of the three wise men
Last Line: Part of his %nativity
Subject(s): African Americans; Christmas


CAROLINA CABIN       
First Line: There's hanging moss %and holly
Last Line: Where two people %make a home
Subject(s): African Americans


CASUAL       
First Line: Death don't ring no doorbells
Last Line: And don't ring no bell
Subject(s): African Americans


CAT AND THE SAXOPHONE (2 A.M.)       
First Line: Everybody %half-pint, -- gin
Last Line: Sweet me. %charleston, %mamma
Subject(s): African Americans


CATCH       
First Line: Big boy came
Last Line: To carry - %half fish, %half girl %to marry
Subject(s): African Americans


CHANT FOR MAY DAY       
First Line: The first of may:
Last Line: Till the forces of the earth are yours %from this hour
Subject(s): African Americans


CHANT FOR TOM MOONEY       
First Line: Tom mooney! %tom mooney!
Last Line: Will be the name %tom mooney
Subject(s): African Americans


CHICAGO BLUES       
First Line: Chicago is a town
Last Line: How good the ground feels
Subject(s): African Americans


CHILDREN'S RHYMES (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: When I was a chile we used to play
Variant Title(s): Children's Hymns
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


CHILDREN'S RHYMES (1)       
First Line: When I was a chile we used to play
Last Line: Oop-pop-a-da! %be-bop! %salt'peanuts! %de-bop!
Variant Title(s): Children's Hymn
Subject(s): African Americans


CHILDREN'S RHYMES (2)       
First Line: By what sends %the white kids
Last Line: Liberty and justice - %huh! For all


CHIPPY       
First Line: Rose of neon darkness
Last Line: Facing a two-bit %december
Subject(s): African Americans


CHORD       
First Line: Shadow faces %in the shadow night
Last Line: Before the early dawn, bops bright
Subject(s): African Americans


CHRIST IN ALABAMA (GRAPHIC INTERPRETATION)       
First Line: Christ is a nigger
Last Line: On the cross of the south
Variant Title(s): Christ In Alabam
Subject(s): African Americans


CHRISTIAN COUNTRY       
First Line: God slumbers in a back alley
Last Line: Come on, god, get up and fight %like a man
Subject(s): African Americans


CHRISTMAS EVE: NEARING MIDNIGHT IN NEW YORK       
First Line: The christmas trees are almost all sold
Last Line: Awaits the morning of the child
Subject(s): African Americans


CHRISTMAS STORY       
First Line: Tell again the christmas story
Last Line: Mary's son in straw and glory: %wonder of the christmas story!
Subject(s): African Americans; Christmas


CIRCLES       
First Line: The circles spin round
Last Line: Ourselves upside down
Subject(s): African Americans


CITY       
First Line: In the morning the city
Last Line: About its head
Subject(s): Cities


CLOSING TIME       
First Line: Starter! %her face is pale
Last Line: To a little drowned girl
Subject(s): African Americans


COLLEGE FORMAL: RENAISSANCE CASINO    Poem Text    
First Line: Golden girl / in a golden gown
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


COLLEGE FORMAL: RENAISSANCE CASINO       
First Line: Golden girl %in a golden gown
Last Line: Till they're the heart of the whole big town %gold and brown
Subject(s): African Americans


COLOR       
First Line: Wear it %like a banner
Last Line: Soaring high -- not moan or cry
Subject(s): African Americans


COLORED SOLDIER       
First Line: My brother died in france -- but I came back
Last Line: Can't see! And don't know! And won't ever care!
Subject(s): African Americans


COLUMBIA       
First Line: Columbia, %my dear girl
Last Line: Don't shoot! I'll kiss you
Subject(s): African Americans


COMMENT       
First Line: Spiral death %the snake must be
Last Line: For strife, for sport, %or just a stew
Subject(s): African Americans


COMMENT ON CURB       
First Line: You talk like %they don't kick %dreams around %downtown
Last Line: I expect they do %but I'm talking about %harlem to you!
Subject(s): African Americans


COMMENT ON WAR       
First Line: Let us kill off youth
Last Line: For the sake of %truth
Subject(s): African Americans


COMMUNION       
First Line: I was trying to figure out
Last Line: It felt good to shout
Subject(s): African Americans


COMMUNIQUE       
First Line: I'm sorry for you
Last Line: You're still %not so hot
Subject(s): African Americans


CONSERVATORY STUDENT STRUGGLES WITH HIGHER INSTRUMENTATION       
First Line: The saxophone %has a vulgar tone
Last Line: I'd never been %sent
Subject(s): African Americans


CONSIDER ME       
First Line: Consider me, %a colored boy
Last Line: Consider me, %descended also %from the mystery
Subject(s): African Americans


CONSUMPTIVE       
First Line: All day in the sun %that he loved so
Last Line: And burning the dark
Subject(s): African Americans


CONVENT       
First Line: Tell me, %is there peace
Last Line: With a challenge %that appalls?
Subject(s): African Americans


CORA       
First Line: I broke my heart this mornin'
Last Line: The ones I love %they always treat me mean
Subject(s): African Americans


CORNER MEETING       
First Line: Ladder, flag, and amplifier
Last Line: His words, %jump down to stand %in listeners' places
Subject(s): African Americans


COULD BE       
First Line: Could be hastings street
Last Line: Any place is dreary %without my watch and you
Subject(s): African Americans


COUNTRY       
First Line: My mother said
Last Line: I love to coast %I love to climb
Subject(s): African Americans


CRAP GAME       
First Line: Lemme roll 'em, boy
Last Line: Hit 'em, bones
Subject(s): African Americans


CROON       
First Line: I don't give a damn
Subject(s): African Americans; Alabama; Negroes; American Blacks


CROON       
First Line: I don't give a damn
Last Line: For alabam' %even if it is my home
Subject(s): African Americans; Alabama


CROSS    Poem Text    
First Line: My old man's a white old man
Subject(s): African Americans; Intermarriage; Negroes; American Blacks


CROSS       
First Line: My old man's a white old man
Last Line: I wonder where I'm gonna die, %being neither white nor black?
Subject(s): African Americans; Intermarriage


CROSSING       
First Line: It was that lonely day, folks
Last Line: My friends was right there with me %but was just as if they'd left
Subject(s): African Americans


CROW GOES, TOO       
First Line: Uncle sam -- %and old jim crow
Last Line: That's the way %to win
Subject(s): African Americans


CROWING HEN BLUES       
First Line: I was setting on the hen-house steps
Last Line: Till they burn the licker store
Subject(s): African Americans


CROWNS AND GARLANDS       
First Line: Make a garland of leontynes and lenas
Last Line: But I can't eat him for lunch
Subject(s): African Americans


CUBES       
First Line: In the days of the broken cubes of picasso
Last Line: From the city of the broken cubes of picasso


CUBES       
First Line: In the days of the broken cubes of picasso
Last Line: From the city of the broken cubes of picasso %disease
Subject(s): African Americans; Picasso, Pablo (1881-1973)


CULTURAL EXCHANGE       
First Line: In the quarter of the negroes
Last Line: Hand me my mint julep, mammy. %hurry up! %make haste!
Subject(s): African Americans; Mint Juleps; Southern States


CURIOUS       
First Line: I can see your house, babe
Last Line: Tell me, what do you do
Subject(s): African Americans


D       
First Line: Rover dog %is quite brave when
Last Line: River dog turns tail %and goes


DANCER       
First Line: Two or three things in the past
Last Line: Even a great dancer %can't c.P.T. A show
Subject(s): African Americans; Dancing And Dancers


DANCERS       
First Line: Stealing from the night
Last Line: Desperate days %of life
Subject(s): African Americans


DANSE AFRICAINE    Poem Text    
First Line: The low beating of the tom-toms
Variant Title(s): African Dance
Subject(s): African Americans; Dancing & Dancers; Negroes; American Blacks


DANSE AFRICAINE       
First Line: The low beating of the tom-toms
Last Line: And the low beating of the tom-toms %stirs in your blood
Variant Title(s): African Danc
Subject(s): African Americans; Dancing And Dancers


DARE       
First Line: Let darkness %gather up its roses
Last Line: Dares the dark %to stand
Subject(s): African Americans


DARK YOUTH OF THE U.S.A.       
First Line: Sturdy I stand, books in my hand --
Last Line: The american youth of today
Subject(s): African Americans


DAY       
First Line: Where most surely comes a day
Last Line: Only your single selves together %facing a single doom
Subject(s): African Americans


DAYBREAK IN ALABAMA    Poem Text    
First Line: When I get to be a composer
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


DAYBREAK IN ALABAMA       
First Line: When I get to be a composer
Last Line: And write about daybreak %in alabama
Subject(s): African Americans


DEAD IN THERE       
First Line: Sometimes %a night funeral
Last Line: Plant him now %out were it makes %no diff' no how
Subject(s): African Americans


DEAR LOVELY DEATH       
Last Line: Dear lovely death, %change is thy other name
Subject(s): Death; Life Change Events


DEAR MR. PRESIDENT       
First Line: President roosevelt, you
Last Line: I await your reply
Subject(s): African Americans; Democracy


DEATH IN AFRICA       
First Line: To die %and never know what killed you
Last Line: Dambella, %helpless, too
Subject(s): African Americans


DEATH IN HARLEM       
First Line: Arabella johnson and the texas kid
Last Line: Picked up another woman and %went to bed
Subject(s): African Americans


DEATH IN YORKVILLE       
First Line: How many bullets does it take
Last Line: When the long hot summers come %death ain't %no jive
Subject(s): African Americans


DEATH OF A DO DIRTY: A ROUNDER'S SONG       
First Line: O, you can't find a buddy
Last Line: Ma friend o' mine
Subject(s): African Americans


DEATH OF AN OLD SEAMAN       
First Line: We buried him on a windy hill
Last Line: Do not, do not weep for me, %for I am happy with my sea
Subject(s): African Americans


DECEASED       
First Line: Harlem %sent him home
Last Line: The licker %was lye
Subject(s): African Americans


DECLARATION       
First Line: If I was a sea-lion
Last Line: Yes, way %away %from %you
Subject(s): African Americans


DEFERRED       
First Line: This year, maybe, do you think I can graduate?
Last Line: I'd like to take up bach. %montage %of a dream %deferred %buddy, have you heard?
Subject(s): African Americans


DELINQUENT       
First Line: Little julie %has grown quite tall
Last Line: What she means is %nobody cares %anywhere
Subject(s): African Americans


DEMAND       
First Line: Listen! %dear dream of utter aliveness
Last Line: Your eyes see forever? %and what is this wind %you touch when you run?
Subject(s): African Americans


DEMOCRACY       
First Line: Democracy will not come
Last Line: I live here, too %I want freedom %just as you


DEMONSTRATION       
First Line: Did you ever walk into a firehose
Last Line: Will you ever forget your dawn?
Subject(s): African Americans


DEPARTURE       
First Line: She lived out a decent span of years
Last Line: In her heart %to sleep
Subject(s): African Americans


DESERT       
First Line: Anybody %better than %nobody
Last Line: Better than nobody %in this lonely %land
Subject(s): African Americans


DESIRE       
First Line: Desire to us %was like a double death
Last Line: Between us quickly %in a naked %room
Subject(s): African Americans


DIME       
First Line: Chile, these steps is hard to climb
Last Line: Chile, granny ain't got no dime %I might've known %it all the time
Subject(s): African Americans


DIMOUT IN HARLEM       
First Line: Down the street young harlem
Last Line: Down the street young harlem %in the dark
Subject(s): African Americans; Harlem (new York City)


DINNER GUEST: ME       
First Line: I know I am %the negro problem
Last Line: Solutions to the problem, %of course, wait
Subject(s): African Americans


DISILLUSION       
First Line: I would be simple again
Last Line: I will not come %to you again
Subject(s): African Americans


DIVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Lenox avenue / by daylight
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


DIVE       
First Line: Lenox avenue %by daylight
Last Line: Runs to dive in the park %but faster %faster %after dark
Subject(s): African Americans


DIXIE MAN TO UNCLE SAM       
First Line: How can you
Last Line: Too hitler-like %for you -- %or me
Subject(s): African Americans


DIXIE SOUTH AFRICA       
First Line: All the creziness
Last Line: In the dew %of day
Subject(s): African Americans


DO YOU RECKON       
First Line: Mr. White man, white man
Last Line: I would act the same way, too
Subject(s): African Americans


DOORKNOBS       
First Line: The simple silly terror
Last Line: Not of our own doing
Subject(s): African Americans


DOVE       
First Line: ...And here is %old picasso and the dove
Last Line: From our old %battle ground...
Subject(s): African Americans


DOWN AND OUT       
First Line: Baby, if you love me
Last Line: An' I need a dime fo' a beer %I need a dime fo' beer
Subject(s): African Americans


DOWN WHERE I AM       
First Line: Too many years
Last Line: If you want to see me %come down
Subject(s): African Americans


DRAFTEES       
First Line: Leave your coras
Last Line: Is basic %in these
Subject(s): African Americans


DRAMA FOR A WINTER NIGHT (FIFTH AVENUE)       
First Line: You can't sleep here, %my good man
Last Line: He can't die on this corner. %no, no, not here
Subject(s): African Americans


DREAM       
First Line: Last night I dreamt
Last Line: But you were not there at all
Subject(s): African Americans


DREAM BOOGIE    Poem Text    
First Line: Good morning, daddy!
Subject(s): African Americans; Jazz; Music & Musicians; Negroes; American Blacks


DREAM BOOGIE       
First Line: Good morning, daddy!
Last Line: I'm happy! %take it away! %hey,pop %re-bop! %mop! %y-e-a-h!
Subject(s): African Americans; Jazz; Music And Musicians


DREAM BOOGIE: VARIATION       
First Line: Tinkling treble, %rolling bass
Last Line: A few minutes late %for the freedom train
Subject(s): African Americans


DREAM DUST       
First Line: Gather out of star-dust
Last Line: One handful of dream dust %not for sale
Subject(s): African Americans


DREAM KEEPER       
First Line: Bring me all of your dreams
Last Line: Away from the too-rough fingers %of the world
Subject(s): African Americans


DREAM OF FREEDOM       
First Line: There is a dream in the land
Last Line: Our dream of freedom
Subject(s): African Americans


DREAM VARIATIONS [OR, VARIATION]    Poem Text    
First Line: To fling my arms wide
Variant Title(s): Dream Variations
Subject(s): African Americans; Imagination; Nature; Negroes; American Blacks; Fancy


DREAM VARIATIONS [OR, VARIATION]       
First Line: To fling my arms wide
Last Line: Night coming tenderly %black like me
Variant Title(s): Dream Variation
Subject(s): African Americans; Imagination; Nature


DREAMER       
First Line: I take my dreams
Last Line: I continue to dream
Subject(s): African Americans


DREAMS       
First Line: Hold fast to dreams
Last Line: Life is a barren field %frozen with snow
Subject(s): African Americans


DRESSED UP       
First Line: I had ma clothes cleaned
Last Line: But I ain't got nobody %for to call me sweet
Subject(s): African Americans


DRUM    Poem Text    
First Line: Bear in mind / that death is a drum
Subject(s): African Americans; Death; Negroes; American Blacks; Dead, The


DRUM       
First Line: Bear in mind %that death is a drum
Last Line: Calling life %to come! %come! %come!
Subject(s): African Americans; Death


DRUMS       
First Line: I dream of the drums
Last Line: Remember! %I remember! %remember
Subject(s): African Americans


DRUNKARD       
First Line: Voice grows thicker %as song grows stronger
Last Line: Trying to forget to remember %the taste of the day
Subject(s): African Americans


DUSK       
First Line: Wandering in the dusk
Last Line: And chains be gone
Subject(s): African Americans


DUSTBOWL       
First Line: The land %wants me to come back
Last Line: Wants me %to come back
Subject(s): African Americans


DYING BEAST       
First Line: Sensing death, %the buzzards gather
Last Line: When life -- %is dead
Subject(s): African Americans


E       
First Line: Elephant, %elephant %big as a %house
Last Line: Are afraid of a %mouse


EARLY EVENING QUARREL       
First Line: Where is that sugar, hammond
Subject(s): African Americans; Quarrels; Negroes; American Blacks; Arguments; Disagreements


EARLY EVENING QUARREL       
First Line: Where is that sugar, hammond
Last Line: I wonder is there nowhere a %do-right man?
Subject(s): African Americans; Quarrels


EARTH SONG       
First Line: It's an earth song
Last Line: And I've been waiting long %for an earth song
Subject(s): African Americans


EASY BOOGIE       
First Line: Down in the bass
Last Line: Do you hear what I said? %easy like I rock it %in my bed!
Subject(s): African Americans


ELDERLY LEADERS       
First Line: The old, the cautious, the over-wise
Last Line: Their master's %goose laid: %$$$$$
Subject(s): African Americans


ELEVATOR BOY    Poem Text    
First Line: I got a job now
Subject(s): African Americans; Elevators; Negroes; American Blacks


ELEVATOR BOY       
First Line: I got a job now
Last Line: I been runnin' this %elevator too long. %guess I'll quit now
Subject(s): African Americans; Elevators


EMPEROR HAILE SELASSIE       
First Line: That he is human...And living...
Last Line: Our symbol of a dream %that will not die
Subject(s): African Americans


EMPTY HOUSE       
First Line: It was in the empty house
Last Line: More pain than a cutting knife
Subject(s): African Americans


ENCOUNTER       
First Line: I met you on your way to death
Last Line: My own misery
Subject(s): African Americans


END       
First Line: There are %no clocks on the wall
Last Line: Outside the door. There is no door!
Subject(s): African Americans


ENEMY       
First Line: It would be nice
Last Line: As I come up %feeling swell
Subject(s): African Americans


ENGLISH       
First Line: In ships all over the world
Last Line: Comb their hair for dinner
Subject(s): African Americans


ENNUI    Poem Text    
First Line: It's such a / bore
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


ENNUI       
First Line: It's such a %bore
Last Line: Being always %poor
Subject(s): African Americans


ENVOY TO AFRICA       
First Line: My name is lord piggly-wiggly wogglesfoot brown
Last Line: If you'll just stay in your place
Subject(s): African Americans


EPITAPH (2)       
First Line: Uncle tom, %when he was alive
Last Line: Uncle tom %is dead
Subject(s): African Americans


EPITAPH [1]       
First Line: Within this grave lie
Last Line: Lies nothing more %than I
Subject(s): African Americans


EVENIN' AIR BLUES       
First Line: Folks, I come up north
Last Line: Just look at me and see!
Subject(s): African Americans


EVENING SONG       
First Line: A woman standing in the doorway
Last Line: Well, I hope that lamb of mary's %don't turn out like I am
Subject(s): African Americans


EVIL       
First Line: Looks like what drives me crazy
Last Line: But I'm gonna keep on at it %till it drives you crazy, too


EVIL MORNING       
First Line: It must have been yesterday
Last Line: Fore it is too late
Subject(s): African Americans


EVIL WOMAN       
First Line: I ain't gonna mistreat ma
Last Line: Else I'll use her head %for a carpet tack
Subject(s): African Americans


EXITS       
First Line: The sea is deep %a knife is sharp
Last Line: From where %no soul returns
Subject(s): African Americans


EXPENDABLE       
First Line: We will take you and kill you
Last Line: If your head %can be found
Subject(s): African Americans


EXPLAIN IT, PLEASE       
First Line: I see by the papers %what seems mighty funny to me
Last Line: And a handful of dung for me
Subject(s): African Americans


F       
First Line: There was a fish
Last Line: The fish home to cook


FACT       
First Line: There's been an eagle on a nickel
Subject(s): African Americans; Money; Negroes; American Blacks


FACT       
First Line: There's been an eagle on a nickel
Last Line: An eagle on a quarter, too. %but there ain't no eagle %on a dime
Subject(s): African Americans; Money


FAIRIES       
First Line: Out of the dust of dreams
Last Line: No wonder we find them such marvellous things
Subject(s): African Americans


FAITHFUL ONE       
First Line: Though I go drunken
Last Line: At end of day
Subject(s): African Americans


FANTASY IN PURPLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Beat the drums of tragedy for me
Subject(s): African Americans; Death; Negroes; American Blacks; Dead, The


FANTASY IN PURPLE       
First Line: Beat the drums of tragedy for me
Last Line: To go with me %to the darkness %were I go
Subject(s): African Americans; Death


FAREWELL       
First Line: With gypsies and sailors
Last Line: And have never seen the seas
Subject(s): African Americans


FASCINATION       
First Line: Her teeth are as white as the meat of an apple
Last Line: And because her skin is the brown of an oak leaf in autumn, but a softer color, %I want to kiss her
Subject(s): African Americans


FEET O' JESUS    Poem Text    
First Line: At the feet o' jesus
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


FEET O' JESUS       
First Line: At the feet o' jesus
Last Line: O, ma little jesus, %please reach out yo' hand
Subject(s): African Americans


FINAL CALL       
First Line: Send for the pied piper and let him pipe the rats away
Last Line: (and if nobody comes, send for me)
Subject(s): African Americans


FINAL CURVE    Poem Text    
First Line: When you turn the corner
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


FINAL CURVE       
First Line: When you turn the corner
Last Line: Then you know that you have turned %all the corners that are left
Subject(s): African Americans


FIRE       
Last Line: Fire gonna burn ma soul!
Variant Title(s): Fir
Subject(s): African Americans; Fire


FIRE-CAUGHT       
First Line: The gold moth did not love him
Last Line: She fell, fire-caught, into the flame
Subject(s): African Americans


FIRED       
First Line: Awake all night with loving
Last Line: With caledonia's arm %beneath my head
Subject(s): African Americans


FIRST OF MAY       
First Line: I believe it to be true
Last Line: I await %my first of may
Subject(s): African Americans


FLATTED FIFTHS    Poem Text    
First Line: Little cullud boys with beards
Last Line: And dig all plays.
Subject(s): African Americans; Jazz; Music & Musicians; Negroes; American Blacks


FLORIDA ROAD WORKERS       
First Line: Hey, buddy! %look at me!
Last Line: I'm makin' a road!
Subject(s): African Americans; Florida; Labor And Laborers


FLOTSAM       
First Line: On the shoals of nowhere
Last Line: And blown along
Subject(s): African Americans


FOG       
First Line: Singing black boatmen
Last Line: We strange so-civilized ones %sail in always
Subject(s): African Americans


FOR AN INDIAN SCREEN       
First Line: Clutching at trees and clawing rocks
Last Line: In a far-off land like a fairy scene
Subject(s): African Americans


FOR DEAD MIMES       
First Line: O white-faced mimes
Last Line: Rest forever %with pierrot
Subject(s): African Americans


FOR RUSSELL AND ROWENA JELLIFFE       
First Line: And so the seed
Last Line: (from poems you made) %for you
Subject(s): African Americans


FOR SALOME       
First Line: There %is no sweetness
Last Line: What would you with death's head
Subject(s): African Americans


FORMULA       
First Line: Poetry should treat %of lofty things
Last Line: Soaring thoughts %and birds with wings
Subject(s): African Americans; Poetry And Poets


FOURTH OF JULY THOUGHT       
First Line: Remember on our far-flung fronts
Last Line: The home front is you
Subject(s): African Americans


FRAGMENTS       
First Line: Whispers %of springtime
Last Line: With too many %tunes
Subject(s): African Americans


FREDERICK DOUGLASS: 1817-1895       
First Line: Douglass was someone who
Last Line: He died in 1895. %he is not dead
Subject(s): African Americans; Douglass, Frederick (1817-1895); United States


FREE MAN       
First Line: You can catch the wind
Last Line: Keep me caged up here
Subject(s): African Americans


FREEDOM       
First Line: Freedom will not come
Last Line: I live here, too. %I want freedom %just as you
Subject(s): African Americans


FREEDOM (2)       
First Line: Some folks think %by burning books
Last Line: You'll never kill me
Subject(s): African Americans


FREEDOM (3)       
First Line: Some folks think %by burning churches
Last Line: And says, %no -- %not so! %no!
Subject(s): African Americans


FREEDOM SEEKER       
First Line: I see a woman with wings
Last Line: She is caught and held by her wings
Subject(s): African Americans


FREEDOM TRAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: I read in the papers about the / freedom train
Subject(s): African Americans; Racism; Railroads; Negroes; American Blacks; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry; Railways; Trains


FREEDOM TRAIN       
First Line: I read in the papers about the %freedom train
Last Line: Thank god-a-mighty! Here's the %freedom train! %get on board our freedom train!
Subject(s): African Americans; Racism; Railroads


FREEDOM'S PLOW       
First Line: When a man starts out with nothing
Last Line: Untill all races and all people know its shade %keep your hand on the plow! %hold on !
Subject(s): African Americans


FRIENDLY IN A FRIENDLY WAY       
First Line: I nodded at the sun
Last Line: In a friendly way
Subject(s): African Americans


FROM MONTAGE OF A DREAM DEFERRED: CASUALTY       
First Line: He was a soldier in the army
Last Line: Days are done. %son!. . .Son!
Variant Title(s): Casualt
Subject(s): African Americans; Soldiers


FROM MONTAGE OF A DREAM DEFERRED: COMMENT ON CURB       
First Line: You talk like %they don't kick
Last Line: But I'm talking about %harlem to you!


FROM MONTAGE OF A DREAM DEFERRED: DEFERRED       
First Line: Maybe now I can have that white enamel stove
Last Line: Buddy, have you heard?


FROM MONTAGE OF A DREAM DEFERRED: ISLAND (2)       
First Line: Between two rivers, %north of the park
Last Line: Ain't you heard?


FROM MONTAGE OF A DREAM DEFERRED: LETTER       
First Line: Dear mama, %time I pay rent and get my food
Last Line: Respectably as ever, %joe


FROM MONTAGE OF A DREAM DEFERRED: MYSTERY       
First Line: When a chile gets to be thirteen
Last Line: And the song %and me


FROM MONTAGE OF A DREAM DEFERRED: NIGHT FUNERAL IN HARLEM       
First Line: Night funeral %in harlem
Last Line: Night funeral %in harlem


FROM MONTAGE OF A DREAM DEFERRED: NIGHTMARE BOOGIE       
First Line: I had a dream %and I could see
Last Line: Whirling treble %of cat-gut lace


FROM MONTAGE OF A DREAM DEFERRED: PASSING       
First Line: On sunny summer sunday afternoons in harlem
Last Line: Since their dream has %come true


FROM MONTAGE OF A DREAM DEFERRED: REQUEST       
First Line: Gimme $25.00 %and the change
Last Line: And the evening %won't bother me


FROM MONTAGE OF A DREAM DEFERRED: SHAME ON YOU       
First Line: If you're great enough
Last Line: If you're not alive and kicking, %shame on you!


FROM MONTAGE OF A DREAM DEFERRED: SLIVER OF SERMON       
First Line: When pimps out of loneliness cry
Last Line: Great %god!


FROM MONTAGE OF A DREAM DEFERRED: SUNDAY BY THE COMBINATION       
First Line: I feel like dancin', baby
Last Line: Baby, dance with me!


FROM MONTAGE OF A DREAM DEFERRED: TESTIMONIAL       
First Line: If I just had a piano
Last Line: For to praise my lord!


FROM MONTAGE OF A DREAM DEFERRED: THEME FOR ENGLISH B       
First Line: I wonder if it's that simple?
Last Line: This is my page for english b


FROM MONTAGE OF A DREAM DEFERRED: WORLD WAR II       
First Line: What a grand time was the war!
Last Line: Somebody %die?


FROM SELMA       
First Line: In places like
Last Line: Chicago and new york
Subject(s): African Americans


FROM SPAIN TO ALABAMA       
First Line: Where have the people gone
Last Line: They still sing %their blues
Subject(s): African Americans


FROSTING       
First Line: Freedom %is just frosting
Last Line: Learn how to %bake
Subject(s): African Americans


FULFILMENT       
First Line: The earth-meaning
Last Line: And sleep %took us both in %laughing
Subject(s): African Americans


FUNERAL       
First Line: Carried lonely up the aisle
Last Line: But I would give a damn
Subject(s): African Americans


G       
First Line: What use %is a goose
Last Line: She's out of whackle


GAL'S CRY FOR A DYING LOVER       
First Line: Heard de owl a hootin'
Last Line: Please don't take this man o' mine
Subject(s): African Americans


GANGSTERS       
First Line: The gangsters of the world
Last Line: But not small fry
Subject(s): African Americans


GARDEN       
First Line: Strange %distorted blades of grass
Last Line: Distorted tulips %on their knees
Subject(s): African Americans


GARMENT       
First Line: The clouds weave a shawl
Last Line: When the weather's bad
Subject(s): African Americans


GAUGE       
First Line: Hemp... %a stick
Last Line: A roach... %straw
Subject(s): African Americans


GENIUS CHILD    Poem Text    
First Line: This is a song for the genius child
Subject(s): Genius


GENIUS CHILD       
First Line: This is a song for the genius child
Last Line: Kill him - and let his soul run wild!
Subject(s): Genius


GEORGIA DUSK       
First Line: Sometimes there's a wind in the georgia dusk
Last Line: To sprout its bitter barriers %where the sunsets bleed
Subject(s): African Americans; Georgia (state)


GET UP OFF THAT OLD JIVE       
First Line: White folks %you better get some new jive
Last Line: A man can fight %better that way
Subject(s): African Americans


GHANDHI IS FASTING       
First Line: Mighty britain, tremble
Last Line: As he fasts today
Subject(s): African Americans


GHOSTS OF 1619       
First Line: Ghosts of all too solid flesh
Last Line: Being ghosts %of then
Subject(s): African Americans


GIRL       
First Line: She lived in sinful happiness
Last Line: To laugh in sunshine %and dance in rain
Subject(s): African Americans - Women


GIVE US OUR PEACE       
First Line: Give us a peace equal to the war
Last Line: And bring about a world of brotherhood
Subject(s): African Americans


GO SLOW       
First Line: Go slow, they say
Last Line: Go slow?
Subject(s): African Americans


GOD TO HUNGRY CHILD       
First Line: Hungry child, %I didn't make this world for you
Last Line: Not for you, %hungry child
Subject(s): African Americans; Poverty; Social Protest


GONE BOY       
First Line: Playboy of the dawn
Last Line: Dog-gone! %he ain't gone
Subject(s): African Americans


GONE BOY       
First Line: Play boy of the dawn, solid gone!
Last Line: To work %do-gone! %he ain't gone


GOOD BLUFFERS       
First Line: Pity all the frightened ones
Last Line: The ones who make the grade
Subject(s): African Americans


GOOD MORNING    Poem Text    
First Line: Good morning, daddy! / I was born here, he said
Variant Title(s): From Montage Of A Dream Deferred: Good Morning
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


GOOD MORNING       
First Line: Good morning, daddy! %I was born here, he said
Last Line: What happens %to a dream deferred? %daddy, ain't you heard?
Variant Title(s): From Montage Of A Dream Deferred: Good Mornin
Subject(s): African Americans


GOOD MORNING REVOLUTION       
First Line: Good-morning, revolution: %you're the very best friend
Last Line: Let's go, revolution
Subject(s): African Americans


GOOD MORNING, STALINGRAD       
First Line: Goodmorning, stalingrad! %logs of folks who don't like you
Last Line: You ain't dead! %goodmorning, stalingrad
Subject(s): African Americans


GOOD MORNING, STALINGRAD       


GOODBYE CHRIST       
First Line: Listen, christ %you did alright in your day, I reckon --
Last Line: To a king, or a general, %or a millionaire
Subject(s): African Americans; Communism; Racism; Religion


GOSPEL CHA-CHA       
First Line: In the quarter of the negroes %where the palms and coconuts
Last Line: Cha-cha...Cha-cha %cha...
Subject(s): African Americans


GOVERNOR FIRES DEAN       
First Line: I see by the papers %where governor talmadge get real mad
Last Line: Of acting just like hitler %in the u.S.A
Subject(s): African Americans


GRADUATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Cinnamon and rayon / jet and coconut eyes
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


GRADUATION       
First Line: Cinnamon and rayon %jet and coconut eyes
Last Line: Then because she's tired, %she sighs
Subject(s): African Americans


GRANDPA'S STORIES       
First Line: The pictures on the television
Last Line: And a penny for a pickle
Subject(s): African Americans


GRANT PARK       
First Line: The haunting face of poverty
Last Line: Sleepers on iron benches %behind the library in grant park
Subject(s): African Americans


GRAVE YARD       
First Line: Here is that sleeping place
Last Line: That never-get-up-no-more %place %is here
Subject(s): African Americans


GREEN MEMORY       
First Line: A wonderful time - the war
Last Line: But blood %was far away %from here -- %money was near
Subject(s): African Americans; War - Home Front


GRIEF       
First Line: Eyes %that are frozen
Last Line: No way of dying
Subject(s): African Americans


GROCERY STORE       
First Line: Jimmy, go
Last Line: Stay an hour
Subject(s): African Americans


GYPSIES       
First Line: Gypsies are picture-book people
Last Line: They've had suns about their heads
Subject(s): African Americans


GYPSY       
First Line: I went to de gypsy's
Last Line: If my man leaves me %I won't live no mo'
Subject(s): African Americans


GYPSY MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Ma man's a gypsy / cause he never does come home
Last Line: Sho can't find no ease.
Subject(s): African Americans; Love - Nature Of; Negroes; American Blacks


GYPSY MELODIES       
First Line: Songs that break
Last Line: Rockets of joy %dimmed too soon
Subject(s): African Americans


H       
First Line: Dobbin used to be
Last Line: Old dobbin's %cast aside


HARD DADDY    Poem Text    
First Line: I went to ma daddy
Subject(s): African Americans; Fathers & Daughters; Negroes; American Blacks


HARD DADDY       
First Line: I went to ma daddy
Last Line: Fly like the eagle flies %I'd fly on ma man an' %I'd scratch out both his eyes
Subject(s): African Americans; Fathers And Daughters


HARD LUCK       
First Line: When hard luck overtakes you
Last Line: I'm so low-down I %ain't even got a stall
Subject(s): African Americans


HARLEM    Poem Text    
First Line: What happens to a dream deferred
Variant Title(s): Dream Deferred;lenox Avenue Mural;harlem: 2;from Montage Of A Dream Deferred: Harlem (2)
Subject(s): African Americans; Dreams; Gays & Lesbians; Men; Racism; Negroes; American Blacks; Nightmares; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry


HARLEM       
First Line: What happens to a dream deferred
Last Line: Or does it explode?
Variant Title(s): Dream Deferred; Lenox Avenue Mural; Harlem: 2; From Montage Of A Dream Deferred: Harlem (2
Subject(s): African Americans; Dreams; Homosexuality; Men; Racism


HARLEM DANCE HALL       
First Line: It had no dignity before
Last Line: That had no dignity before
Subject(s): African Americans


HARLEM NIGHT       
First Line: Harlem %knows a song
Last Line: The stars %are where?
Subject(s): African Americans; Night Clubs


HARLEM NIGHT CLUB       
First Line: Sleek black boys in a cabaret
Last Line: Tomorrow ... Is darkness. %joy today
Subject(s): African Americans; Night Clubs; Singing And Singers


HARLEM NIGHT SONG       
First Line: Come, %let us roam the night together
Last Line: Let us roam the night together %singing
Subject(s): African Americans; Night; Singing And Singers


HARLEM SWEETIES       
First Line: Have yhou dug the spill
Last Line: Delicious, fine sugar hill
Subject(s): African Americans - Women; Harlem (new York City)


HAVANA DREAMS       
First Line: The dream is a cocktail at sloppy joe's
Last Line: (quien sabe? Who really knows?)
Subject(s): African Americans; Havana, Cuba


HEART       
First Line: Pierrot %took his heart
Last Line: Where his heart is %today
Subject(s): African Americans


HEART OF HARLEM       
First Line: The buildings in harlem are brick and stone
Last Line: Folks, that's the heart of harlem
Subject(s): African Americans


HEAVEN       
First Line: Heaven is %the place where
Last Line: Stone answers back, %'well! And you?'
Subject(s): African Americans


HELEN KELLER    Poem Text    
First Line: She, / in the dark
Last Line: Of inner power.
Subject(s): African Americans; Keller, Helen (1880-1968); Negroes; American Blacks


HERO -- INTERNATIONAL BRIGADE       
First Line: Bood, %or a flag, %or a flame
Last Line: They're all the same
Subject(s): African Americans; Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


HEY!       
First Line: Sun's a settin'
Last Line: Wonder what de blues'll bring
Subject(s): African Americans


HEY! HEY!       
First Line: Sun's a risin'
Last Line: I been blue all night long
Subject(s): African Americans


HEY-HEY BLUES       
First Line: I can hey on water
Last Line: And I'll hey hey hey -- and cheer! %yee-ee-e-who-000-00
Subject(s): African Americans


HIGH TO LOW       
First Line: God knows / we have our troubles, too
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


HIGH TO LOW       
First Line: God knows %we have our troubles, too
Last Line: And you %well, you can see, %we have our problems, %too, with you
Subject(s): African Americans


HISTORY       
First Line: The past has been a mint
Last Line: True of tomorrow
Subject(s): African Americans


HOMECOMING       
First Line: I went back in the alley
Last Line: A whole lot of room %was the only thing I had
Subject(s): African Americans


HOMESICK BLUES    Poem Text    
First Line: De railroad bridge's / a sad song in de air
Subject(s): African Americans; Blues (music); Homesickness; Railroads; Negroes; American Blacks; Railways; Trains


HOMESICK BLUES       
First Line: De railroad bridge's %a sad song in de air
Last Line: To keep from cryin' %I opens ma mouth an' laughs
Subject(s): African Americans; Blues (music); Homesickness; Railroads


HONEY BABE       
First Line: Honey babe, %you braid your hair too tight
Last Line: Like my little girl
Subject(s): African Americans


HOPE    Poem Text    
First Line: Sometimes when I'm lonely
Subject(s): African Americans; Friendship; Negroes; American Blacks


HOPE    Poem Text    
First Line: He rose up on his dying bed / and asked for fish
Subject(s): African Americans; Friendship; Negroes; American Blacks


HOPE       
First Line: Sometimes when I'm lonely
Last Line: Keep thinkin' I won't be lonely %by and by
Subject(s): African Americans; Friendship


HOPE       
First Line: He rose up on his dying bed %and asked for fish
Last Line: His wife looked it up in her dream book %and played it
Subject(s): African Americans


HOPE FOR HARLEM       
First Line: There's a new skyline in harlem
Last Line: The answer to a prayer
Subject(s): African Americans


HORN OF PLENTY       
First Line: Singers %singers like o-
Last Line: I said, yes, your mama
Subject(s): African Americans


HOUSE IN TAOS       
First Line: Rain %thunder of the rain god
Last Line: Into the wilderness %of our house in taos
Subject(s): African Americans


HOW ABOUT IT, DIXIE       
First Line: The president's four freedoms
Last Line: Now -- right here!
Subject(s): African Americans


HOW THIN A BLANKET       
First Line: There is so much misery in the world
Last Line: For the withered body %of despair
Subject(s): African Americans


HURT       
First Line: Who cares %about the hurt in your heart
Last Line: From your lips. %nobody cares
Subject(s): African Americans


I       
First Line: Ibis, %in case you have not heard
Last Line: He hates to set foot %on dry ground


I DREAM A WORLD WHERE MAN       
Last Line: Of such I dream, my world
Subject(s): African Americans


I THOUGHT IT WAS TANGIERS I WANTED       
First Line: I know now %that notre dame is in paris
Last Line: But I thought it was tangiers I wanted
Subject(s): African Americans; Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris; Tangier, Morocco


I, TOO    Poem Text    
First Line: I, too, sing america. / I am the darker brother
Last Line: I, too, am america.
Variant Title(s): Epilogue;i, Too, Sing America
Subject(s): African Americans; United States; Negroes; American Blacks; America


IF YOU WOULD       
First Line: You could stop the factory whistles blowing
Last Line: You could %if you %would
Subject(s): African Americans


IF-ING       
First Line: If I had some small change
Last Line: Till it drives you crazy, too
Subject(s): African Americans


IMAGINE       
First Line: Imagine! %they are afraid of you
Last Line: They are afraid %of you!
Subject(s): African Americans


IMPASSE       
First Line: I could tell you
Last Line: And you don't %give a damn
Subject(s): African Americans


IN A TROUBLED KEY       
First Line: Do not sell me out, baby
Last Line: Instead of to a song
Subject(s): African Americans


IN EXPLANATION OF OUR TIMES       
First Line: The folks with no titles in front of their names
Last Line: So naturally, there's trouble %in these our times %because of people with no titles %in front of the
Subject(s): African Americans


IN THE MIST OF THE MOON       
First Line: In the mist of the moon I saw you
Last Line: In the mist of the moon I saw you, dark nanette
Subject(s): African Americans


IN TIME OF SILVER RAIN       
Last Line: When spring %and life %are new
Subject(s): African Americans; Rain


INTERNE AT PROVIDENT       
First Line: White coats, %white aprons
Last Line: Follows the young doctor, %cellophanes his long stride, %cellophanes his future
Subject(s): African Americans


IRISH WAKE       
First Line: In the dark they fell a-crying
Last Line: Happy they were here
Subject(s): African Americans


IS IT TRUE       
First Line: From the shadows of the quarter
Last Line: Is it true that negroes -- %I said, ask your mama
Subject(s): African Americans


ISLAND (1)       
First Line: Between two rivers, %north of the park
Last Line: Dream within a dream, %our dream is deferred. %good morning,daddy! %ain't you heard ?
Subject(s): African Americans


ISLAND (2)       
First Line: Wave of sorrow
Last Line: Wave of sorrow, %take me there
Subject(s): African Americans


IT GIVES ME PAUSE       
First Line: I would like to be a sinner
Last Line: When I get my sinning done
Subject(s): African Americans


J       
First Line: Jaybird, %jaybird, %did you know
Last Line: If I were you! %'caw!'


JAIME       
First Line: He sits on a hill
Last Line: That will never be
Subject(s): African Americans


JAM SESSION    Poem Text    
First Line: Letting midnight / out on bail
Last Line: Pop-a-da
Subject(s): African Americans; Jazz; Music & Musicians; Negroes; American Blacks


JAZZ BAND IN A PARISIAN CABARET       
First Line: Play that thing
Subject(s): African Americans


JAZZ GIRL       
First Line: Jazz? %remember that song
Last Line: Buy a drink for me
Subject(s): African Americans


JAZZONIA    Poem Text    
First Line: Oh, silver tree!
Last Line: Six long-headed jazzers play.
Subject(s): African Americans; Blues (music); Jazz; Music & Musicians; Negroes; American Blacks


JAZZTET MUTED       
First Line: In the negroes of the quarter
Last Line: Help me, yardbird! %help me!
Subject(s): African Americans


JESTER       
First Line: In one hand %I hold tragedy
Last Line: Once I was wise. %shall I be wise again
Subject(s): African Americans


JESUS       
First Line: Until the crumpts and the christians
Last Line: Toward the mines of sugar cane
Subject(s): African Americans


JIM CROW'S LAST STAND       
First Line: There was an old crow by the name of jim
Last Line: We gonna bury that son-of-a-gun
Subject(s): African Americans


JITNEY       
First Line: Corners %of south parkway
Last Line: 31st %hey! %cab!
Subject(s): African Americans


JOE LOUIS       
First Line: They worshipped joe
Last Line: But the gossips had no %'the say' %to latch onto %for joe
Subject(s): African Americans; Boxing And Boxers; Louis, Joe (1914-1981); Sports


JOE LOUIS (2)       
First Line: Joe louis is a man
Last Line: Too little' or 'too late.'
Subject(s): African Americans


JOHANNESBURG MINES       
First Line: In the johannesburg mines
Last Line: Working in the %johannesburg mines
Subject(s): African Americans


JOY       
First Line: I went to look for joy
Last Line: Such company, such company, %as keeps this young nymph, joy!
Subject(s): African Americans


JUDGE WILLIAM HASTIE       
First Line: Now you take %this bill hastie guy
Last Line: And neither do I
Subject(s): African Americans


JUDGMENT DAY       
First Line: They put ma body in the ground
Last Line: In the sweet o' ma lord's sight - clean an' bright, %clean an' bright
Subject(s): African Americans


JUICE JOINT: NORTHERN CITY       
First Line: There is a gin mill on the avenue
Last Line: Dance in this juice joint %on the city street
Subject(s): African Americans


JUKE BOX LOVE SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: I could take the harlem night
Subject(s): African Americans; Harlem (new York City); Love; Singing & Singers; Negroes; American Blacks; Songs


JUKE BOX LOVE SONG       
First Line: I could take the harlem night
Last Line: Dance with you, my sweet brown harlem girl
Subject(s): African Americans; Harlem (new York City); Love; Singing And Singers


JULIET       
First Line: Wonder %and pain %and terror
Last Line: To montova %is dusty %with the drought
Subject(s): African Americans


JUNIOR ADDICT       
First Line: The little boy %who sticks a needle in his arm
Last Line: Sunrise, please come! %come! Come!
Subject(s): African Americans


JUST AN ORDINARY GUY       
First Line: He's just an ordinary guy
Last Line: But you'll never beat us, hitler -- %not us ordinary guys
Subject(s): African Americans


JUSTICE       
First Line: That justice is a blind goddess
Last Line: That once perhaps were eyes
Subject(s): African Americans


K       
First Line: A little white kitten
Last Line: How happy am I!'


KID IN THE PARK       
First Line: Lonely little question mark
Last Line: There %but not really anywere
Subject(s): African Americans


KID SLEEPY       
First Line: Listen, kid sleepy, %don't you want to run around
Last Line: Kid sleepy, just %stay here? %rather just %stay here
Subject(s): African Americans


KIDS IN SCHOOL WITH ME       
First Line: When I studied my a-b-c's
Last Line: The kids in school with me
Subject(s): African Americans


KIDS WHO DIE       
First Line: This is for the kids who die
Last Line: Through the kids who die
Subject(s): African Americans


KU KLUX    Poem Text    
First Line: They took me out
Subject(s): African Americans; Ku Klux Klan; Negroes; American Blacks


KU KLUX       
First Line: They took me out
Last Line: Look me in face %and tell me you believe in %the great white race
Subject(s): African Americans; Ku Klux Klan


L       
First Line: A lion in a zoo
Last Line: Is happy as ever %a lion can be


LABOR STORM       
First Line: Now it is time %for the strike-breakers to come out
Last Line: Workers beware! %it's almost %here
Subject(s): African Americans


LADY IN CABARET       
First Line: She knows %the end of the evening will come
Last Line: Just that much more %a bore
Subject(s): African Americans


LADY'S BOOGIE    Poem Text    
First Line: See that lady / dressed so fine?
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


LADY'S BOOGIE       
First Line: See that lady %dressed so fine?
Last Line: Way up in the treble %the tingle of a tear. %be-bach!
Subject(s): African Americans


LAMENT FOR DARK PEOPLES       
First Line: I was a red man one time
Last Line: Now I herd with the many -- %caged in the circus of civilization
Subject(s): African Americans


LAMENT OF A VANQUISHED BEAU       
First Line: Willy is a silly boy
Last Line: That I 'most ever had
Subject(s): African Americans


LAMENT OVER LOVE       
First Line: I hope my child'll %never love a man
Last Line: Gonna think about my man -- %and let my fool-self fall
Subject(s): African Americans


LAST CALL       
First Line: I look out into the yonder
Last Line: Still I call you now. %I'm game
Subject(s): African Americans


LAST MAN LIVING       
First Line: When the last man living
Last Line: Cause I don't want no jive
Subject(s): African Americans


LAST PRICE OF THE EAST       
First Line: Futile of me to offer you my hand
Last Line: Before you are king %he'll come to town
Subject(s): African Americans


LATE CORNER       
First Line: The street light %on its lonely arm
Last Line: Oh, lonely light! %oh, lonely cross!
Subject(s): African Americans


LATE LAST NIGHT       
Last Line: So I was cryin' %on account of %you!
Subject(s): African Americans


LAUGHERS       
First Line: Dream-singers, %story-tellers
Last Line: Loud-mouthed laughers in hands of fate
Subject(s): African Americans


LENIN       
First Line: Lenin walks around the world
Last Line: There rises a red star
Subject(s): African Americans


LENOX AVENUE BAR       
First Line: Weaving %between assorted terrors
Last Line: In this neon place
Subject(s): African Americans


LENOX AVENUE: MIDNIGHT       
First Line: The rhythm of life %is a jazz rhythm
Last Line: Midnight, %and the gods are laughing at us
Subject(s): African Americans


LET AMERICA BE AMERICA AGAIN    Poem Text    


LET AMERICA BE AMERICA AGAIN       
Last Line: All, all the stretch of these great green states - %and make america again!
Subject(s): African Americans; Civil Rights Movement; Freedom


LETTER       
First Line: Dear mama, %time I pay rent and get my food
Last Line: Your son baby %respectably as ever, %joe
Subject(s): African Americans


LETTER FROM SPAIN       
First Line: Dear brother at home: %we captured a wounded moor today
Last Line: And he didn't understand. %salud, %johnny
Subject(s): African Americans; Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


LETTER TO ANNE       
First Line: Since I left you, anne
Last Line: Have I seen anything else but you, %anne
Subject(s): African Americans


LETTER TO THE ACADEMY       
First Line: The gentlemen who have got to be classics and are now old
Last Line: We want to know what in the hell you'd say?
Subject(s): African Americans; Revolutions


LIARS       
First Line: It is we who are liars
Last Line: It is we with the civilized souls who are liars
Subject(s): African Americans


LIFE IS FINE    Poem Text    
First Line: I went down to the river
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


LIFE IS FINE       
First Line: I went down to the river
Last Line: I'll be dogged, sweet baby, %if you gonna see me die %life is fine! %fine as wine! %life is fine!
Subject(s): African Americans


LIKEWISE       
First Line: The jews: %groceries %suits %fruits %watches
Last Line: Sometimes I think %jews must have heard %the music of a %dream deferred
Subject(s): African Americans; Jews


LINCOLN MONUMENT: WASHINGTON       
First Line: Let's go see old abe
Last Line: Of time -- %old abe
Subject(s): African Americans; Holidays; Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.c.


LINCOLN THEATRE       
First Line: The head of lincoln looks down from the wall
Last Line: Press hands together, laughing at her song
Subject(s): African Americans


LINCOLN UNIVERSITY: 1954       
First Line: This is the dream grown young
Last Line: Brightly burning
Subject(s): African Americans


LISTEN       
First Line: Listen, %you hungry, unemployed
Last Line: You sew, %steel you pour


LISTEN HERE BLUES       
First Line: Sweet girls, sweet girls
Last Line: Don't you fool wid no men cause %they'll bring you misery
Subject(s): African Americans


LITANY       
First Line: Gather upo
Last Line: Those who expect %no love from above


LITTLE CATS       
First Line: What happens to little cats
Last Line: As mean as they are strong
Subject(s): African Americans


LITTLE GREEN TREE       
First Line: It looks like to me
Last Line: Them cool green leaves %is waitin' to shelter me %o, little tree!
Subject(s): African Americans


LITTLE LYRIC (OF GREAT IMPORTANCE)    Poem Text    
First Line: I wish the rent
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


LITTLE LYRIC (OF GREAT IMPORTANCE)       
First Line: I wish the rent
Last Line: Was heaven sent
Subject(s): African Americans


LITTLE OLD LETTER       
First Line: It was yesterday morning
Last Line: Can take a person's life
Subject(s): African Americans


LITTLE SONG       
First Line: Carmencita loves patrick
Last Line: Weaving our bright ribbons %into a rainbow
Subject(s): African Americans


LITTLE SONG       
First Line: Lonely people %in the lonely night
Last Line: Work to salt %their dream away
Subject(s): African Americans


LITTLE SONG ON HOUSING       
First Line: Here I come!
Last Line: White folks, fly! %here am I!
Subject(s): African Americans


LIVE AND LET LIVE       
First Line: Maybe it ain't right %but the people of the night
Last Line: Will give even %a snake %a break
Subject(s): African Americans


LONELY NOCTURNE       
First Line: When dawn lights the sky
Last Line: But me -- %when dawn lights the sky
Subject(s): African Americans


LONESOME CORNER       
First Line: I went down to the corner
Last Line: Is who I want to see
Subject(s): African Americans


LONESOME PLACE       
First Line: I got to leave this town
Last Line: This life's so weary, %'s 'bout to overcome me
Subject(s): African Americans


LONG TRIP    Poem Text    
First Line: The sea is a wilderness of waves
Subject(s): African Americans; Sea; Negroes; American Blacks; Ocean


LONG TRIP       
First Line: The sea is a wilderness of waves
Last Line: The sea is a desert of waves, %a wilderness of water
Subject(s): African Americans; Sea


LONG VIEW: NEGRO       
First Line: Emancipation: 1865
Last Line: Becomes so small %again
Subject(s): African Americans


LOVE       
First Line: Love is a wild wonder
Last Line: That little spark is love %dying in the dark
Subject(s): African Americans


LOVE AGAIN BLUES       
First Line: My life ain't nothin'
Last Line: But you got to love again
Subject(s): African Americans


LOVE SONG FOR ANTONIA       
First Line: If I should sing %all of my songs for you
Last Line: I would still give you my love %though you never looked at me
Subject(s): African Americans


LOVE SONG FOR LUCINDA       
First Line: Love, %is a ripe plum
Last Line: Would never lose your breath. %do not climb too high
Subject(s): African Americans


LOVER'S RETURN       
First Line: My old time daddy
Last Line: But the devil told me: %damn a lover %come home to die!
Subject(s): African Americans


LOW TO HIGH    Poem Text    
First Line: How can you forget me?
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


LOW TO HIGH       
First Line: How can you forget me?
Last Line: Ignore me though I pay your fees. %how can you forget me? %but you do
Subject(s): African Americans


LUCK    Poem Text    
First Line: Sometimes a crumb falls
Subject(s): African Americans; Luck; Negroes; American Blacks


LUCK       
First Line: Sometimes a crumb falls
Last Line: Love is given, %to others %only in heaven
Subject(s): African Americans; Luck


LULLABY: FOR A BLACK MOTHER       
First Line: My little dark baby
Last Line: For your sleep-song lullaby
Variant Title(s): Lullaby (for A Black Mother
Subject(s): African Americans; Family Life


LUMUMBA'S GRAVE       
First Line: Lumumba was black
Last Line: Tomorrow will mark %it everywhere
Subject(s): African Americans; Lumumba, Patrice (1925-1961)


LUNCH IN A JIM CROW CAR       
First Line: Get out the lunch-box of your dreams
Last Line: And, like an atom bomb, bursts apart
Variant Title(s): Jim Crow Ca
Subject(s): African Americans; Racism; Railroads


M       
First Line: Jocko is %a peanut fiend
Last Line: Like a son-of-a-gun


MA LORD       
First Line: Ma lord ain't no stuck-up man
Last Line: An' be ma friend through eternity.'
Subject(s): African Americans


MA MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: When my man looks at me
Last Line: Eagle-rockish as I kin be!
Variant Title(s): My Man


MADAM AND HER MADAM       
First Line: I worked for a woman
Last Line: I said, madam, %that may be true %but I'll be dogged %if I love you!
Subject(s): African Americans


MADAM AND HER MIGHT-HAVE-BEEN       
First Line: I had two husbands
Last Line: He said, in me %you've got no trust %I said, I don't want %my heart to bust
Subject(s): African Americans


MADAM AND THE ARMY       
First Line: They put my boy-friend
Last Line: A powerful man!
Subject(s): African Americans


MADAM AND THE CENSUS MAN       
First Line: The census man
Last Line: Furthermore, rub out %that mrs., too %I'll have you know %I'm a madam to you!
Subject(s): African Americans


MADAM AND THE CHARITY CHILD       
First Line: Once I adopted %a little girl child
Last Line: Last time I told her, %report, my eye! %things is bad %you figure out why!
Subject(s): African Americans


MADAM AND THE CRIME WAVE       
First Line: I said, I believe %this world's gone made
Last Line: (course you always got %that other thing)
Subject(s): African Americans


MADAM AND THE FORTUNE TELLER       
First Line: Fortune teller looked in my hand
Last Line: For one more doller and a half, %I'll read your other palm
Subject(s): African Americans


MADAM AND THE INSURANCE MAN       
First Line: Insurance man %I heard his knock
Last Line: Who would bury you %I said why?
Subject(s): African Americans


MADAM AND THE MINISTER       
First Line: Reverend butler came by
Last Line: After rev. Butler %went away %so I ain't in no mood %for sin today
Subject(s): African Americans


MADAM AND THE MOVIEW       
First Line: I go to the moview
Last Line: And there ain't no %romance any more
Subject(s): African Americans


MADAM AND THE NEWSBOY       
First Line: Newsboy knocks %I buy the defender
Last Line: In the papers, too %wouldn't you?
Subject(s): African Americans


MADAM AND THE NUMBER WRITER       
First Line: Number runner %come to my door
Last Line: The runner said, madam, %that's all very well %but suppose %you go to hell?
Subject(s): African Americans


MADAM AND THE PHONE BILL    Poem Text    
First Line: You say I o.K.Ed / long distance?
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


MADAM AND THE PHONE BILL       
First Line: You say I o.K.Ed %long distance?
Last Line: You say I gave my o.K. %well, that o.K. You may keep %but I sure ain't gonna pay!
Subject(s): African Americans


MADAM AND THE RENT MAN       
First Line: The rent man knocked
Last Line: I ain't pleased! %I said, neither am I %so we agrees!
Subject(s): African Americans; Landlords And Tenants


MADAM AND THE WRONG VISITOR       
First Line: A man knocked three times
Last Line: And buy her some chicken %I said better buy two %cause I'm still kickin'!
Subject(s): African Americans


MADAM'S CALLING CARDS    Poem Text    
First Line: I had some cards printed
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


MADAM'S CALLING CARDS       
First Line: I had some cards printed
Last Line: To my pedigree %alberta k. Johnson %american that's me
Subject(s): African Americans


MADAM'S CHRISTMAS (OR MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY)       
First Line: I forgot %to send a card to jennie
Last Line: Cards or no cards %here's howdy
Subject(s): African Americans


MADAM'S PAST HISTORY    Poem Text    
First Line: My name is johnson
Subject(s): African Americans; United States; Negroes; American Blacks; America


MADAM'S PAST HISTORY       
First Line: My name is johnson
Last Line: I do cooking, %day's work, too ! %alberta k. Johnson %madam to you
Subject(s): African Americans; United States


MADRID - 1937       
First Line: Put out the lights and stop the clocks
Last Line: To break that no apart %will be to break the human heart
Subject(s): Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


MAGNOLIA FLOWERS       
First Line: The quiet fading out of life
Last Line: I didn't mean to stump ma toe on you
Subject(s): African Americans


MAMA AND DAUGHTER       
First Line: Mama, please brush off my coat
Last Line: So I can brush your back, I say
Subject(s): African Americans; Daughters


MAMMY       
First Line: I'm waiting for ma mammy, -- %she is death
Last Line: I'm waiting for ma mammy, -- %death
Subject(s): African Americans


MAN       
First Line: I was a boy then.
Last Line: When he's %a man
Subject(s): African Americans


MAN INTO MEN       
First Line: A nigger comes home from work
Last Line: To the man %who becomes %men
Subject(s): African Americans


MARCH MOON       
First Line: The moon is naked
Last Line: Don't you know %it isn't nice to be naked?
Subject(s): African Americans


MASON-DIXON LINE       
First Line: Over there stands sir, %owner
Last Line: Hands dirtied, %empty


MAYBE       
First Line: I asked you, baby
Last Line: You told me that you didn't, %but you thought you would
Subject(s): African Americans


MAZIE DIES ALONE IN THE CITY HOSPITAL       
First Line: I hate to die this way with the quiet
Last Line: God! Why did you ever curse me %makin' me die this way
Variant Title(s): Cabaret Girl Dies On Welfare Islan
Subject(s): African Americans; Death


ME AND MY SONG       
First Line: Black %as the gentle night
Last Line: Me and my %song
Subject(s): African Americans


ME AND THE MULE    Poem Text    
First Line: My old mule / he's got a grin on his face
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


ME AND THE MULE       
First Line: My old mule %he's got a grin on his face
Last Line: You got to take me %like I am
Subject(s): African Americans


MELLOW       
First Line: Into the laps %of black celebrities
Last Line: Wired for killing %which makes it %more thrilling
Subject(s): African Americans


MEMO TO NON-WHITE PEOPLES       
First Line: They will let you have dope
Last Line: Exactly the same
Subject(s): African Americans


MERRY CHRISTMAS       
First Line: Merry christmas, china
Last Line: Let merry christmas gas the air
Subject(s): African Americans


MERRY-GO-ROUND    Poem Text    
First Line: Where is the jim crow section
Subject(s): African Americans; Social Protest; Negroes; American Blacks


MERRY-GO-ROUND       
First Line: Where is the jim crow section
Last Line: Where's the horse %for a kid that's black?
Subject(s): African Americans; Social Protest


MESSAGE TO THE PRESIDENT       
First Line: Mr. President, kindly please
Last Line: Segregation in the u.S.A
Subject(s): African Americans


METROPOLITAN MUSEUM       
First Line: I came in from the roar
Last Line: Of an asphodel
Subject(s): African Americans


MEXICAN MARKET WOMAN       
First Line: This ancient hag
Last Line: And the sun has made %her skin so brown
Subject(s): African Americans; Labor And Laborers


MIDNIGHT CHIPPIE'S LAMENT       
First Line: I looked down 31st street
Last Line: So nobody can't low-rate you
Subject(s): African Americans


MIDNIGHT DANCER: TO A BALCK DANCER IN THE LITTLE SAVOY       
First Line: Wine-maiden %of the jazz-tuned night
Last Line: The grapes of joy %and dripped their juice %on you?
Subject(s): African Americans


MIDNIGHT RAFFLE       
First Line: I put my nickel
Last Line: My bread wasn't buttered %on neither side
Subject(s): African Americans


MIDWINTER BLUES    Poem Text    
First Line: In the middle of the winter
Last Line: Won't need no flowers from the store.
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


MIGRANT       
First Line: (chicago) %daddy-o %buddy-o %works at the foundry
Last Line: But if he wasn't in a hurry %he wouldn't write so %bad that way, %daddy-o
Subject(s): African Americans


MIGRATION       
First Line: A little southern colored child
Last Line: One might make a story %charting tomorrow
Subject(s): African Americans


MILITANT       
First Line: Let all who will
Last Line: To strike your face
Subject(s): African Americans


MINNIE SINGS HER BLUES       
First Line: Cabaret, cabaret
Last Line: Blue, blue, blues! %I'd sho have them blues
Subject(s): African Americans


MINSTREL MAN       
First Line: Because my mouth
Last Line: You do not know %I die
Subject(s): African Americans


MISERY       
First Line: Play the blues for me
Last Line: S got to hear a blues %for her misery
Subject(s): African Americans


MISERY IS WHEN YOUR       
Subject(s): Friendship


MISS BLUES'ES CHILD    Poem Text    
First Line: If the blues would let me
Subject(s): African Americans; African Americans - Children; Negroes; American Blacks


MISS BLUES'ES CHILD       
First Line: If the blues would let me
Last Line: In my heart I'm crying, %I'm just miss blues'es child!
Subject(s): African Americans; African Americans - Children


MISSISSIPPI LEVEE       
First Line: Been workin' on de levee
Last Line: From washin' over me?
Subject(s): African Americans


MISTER SANDMAN       
First Line: The sandman walks abroad tonight
Last Line: Has a dream in his sack to fit each child just right
Subject(s): African Americans


MITCHELL CASE       
First Line: I see by the papers
Last Line: Let alone having to take that dollar %to go and sue
Subject(s): African Americans


MOAN       
First Line: I'm deep in trouble
Last Line: Somewhere in yo' sky. %yes, lord!
Subject(s): African Americans


MONOTONY       
First Line: Today like yesterday
Last Line: Tomorrow like today
Subject(s): African Americans


MONROE'S BLUES       
First Line: Monroe's fell on evil days
Last Line: Monroe sings a little blues %my woman and my friend is dead
Subject(s): African Americans


MONTAGE OF A DREAM DEFERRED (ENTIRE POEM SEQUENCE)       
First Line: Good morning, daddy! %ain't you heard
Last Line: I expect they do -- %but I'm talking about %harlem to you!


MONTMARTRE       
First Line: Pigalle: %a neon rose
Last Line: The petals %fall
Subject(s): African Americans


MOONLIGHT IN VALENCIA: CIVIL WAR       
First Line: Moonlight in valencia
Subject(s): African Americans; Spanish Civil War (1936-1939); Negroes; American Blacks


MOONLIGHT IN VALENCIA: CIVIL WAR       
First Line: Moonlight in valencia
Last Line: Bombers over %valencia
Subject(s): African Americans; Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


MOONLIGHT NIGHT: CARMEL       
First Line: Tonight the waves march
Last Line: And beating the land's %edge into a swoon
Subject(s): African Americans; Sea; Seashore


MORNING AFTER    Poem Text    
First Line: I was so sick last night I
Subject(s): African Americans; Blues (music); Jazz; Music & Musicians; Negroes; American Blacks


MORNING AFTER       
First Line: I was so sick last night I
Last Line: You jesta little bit o' woman but you %sound like a great big crowd
Subject(s): African Americans; Blues (music); Jazz; Music And Musicians


MOTHER IN WARTIME       
First Line: As if it were some noble thing
Last Line: Not that both %might lose
Subject(s): African Americans


MOTHER TO SON    Poem Text    
First Line: Well, son, I'll tell you
Last Line: And life for me ain't been no crystal stair.
Subject(s): African Americans; Mothers; Negroes; American Blacks


MOTHERLAND       
First Line: Dream of yesterday
Last Line: In her bitter sorrow
Subject(s): African Americans


MOTTO    Poem Text    
First Line: I play it cool
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


MOTTO       
First Line: I play it cool
Last Line: My motto, %as I live and learn %is %dig and be dug %in return
Subject(s): African Americans


MOVIES    Poem Text    
First Line: The roosevelt, renaissance, gem, alhambra
Subject(s): African Americans; Motion Pictures; Negroes; American Blacks; Movies; Cinema


MOVIES       
First Line: The roosevelt, renaissance, gem, alhambra
Last Line: (hoolywood %laughs at me, %black %so I laugh back)
Subject(s): African Americans; Motion Pictures


MULATTO    Poem Text    
First Line: I am your son, white man!
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


MULATTO       
First Line: I am your son, white man!
Last Line: I am your son, white man %a little yellow %bastard boy
Subject(s): African Americans


MY BELOVED       
First Line: Shall I make a record of your beauty
Last Line: Years and paint you in the poem
Subject(s): African Americans


MY LOVES       
First Line: I love to see the big white moon
Last Line: But better than all these things I think, %I love my lady love
Subject(s): African Americans


MY PEOPLE    Poem Text    
First Line: The night is beautiful
Variant Title(s): Poem
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


MY PEOPLE       
First Line: The night is beautiful
Last Line: Beautiful, also, is the sun. %beautiful, also, are the souls of my people
Variant Title(s): Poe
Subject(s): African Americans


MYSTERY       
First Line: When a chile gets to be thirteen
Last Line: A jack-leg preacher, a ph.D. %the mytery %and the darkness %and the song %and me
Subject(s): African Americans


N       
First Line: Newt, %newt, newt
Last Line: A salamander, child, %that's me


NAACP       
First Line: I see by the papers
Last Line: To break old jim crow's course
Subject(s): African Americans; Civil Rights Movement


NATCHA       
First Line: Natcha, offering love
Last Line: Come drink, kisses. %a long, dream night with me
Subject(s): African Americans


NAUGHTY CHILD       
First Line: The naughty child
Last Line: In a very nice town
Subject(s): African Americans


NECESSITY    Poem Text    
First Line: Work? / I don't have to work
Subject(s): African Americans; Men; Negroes; American Blacks


NECESSITY       
First Line: Work? %I don't have to work
Last Line: Which is why I reckon I does %have to work after all
Subject(s): African Americans; Men


NEGRO    Poem Text    
First Line: I am a negro
Last Line: Black like the depths of my africa.
Subject(s): African Americans; Blacks - History; Negroes; American Blacks


NEGRO DANCERS       
First Line: Me an' ma baby's
Last Line: Two mo' ways to do de charleston!'
Subject(s): African Americans; Dancing And Dancers


NEGRO GHETTO       
First Line: I looked at their black faces
Last Line: Their far-too-humble feet
Subject(s): African Americans


NEGRO MOTHER       
First Line: Children, I come back today
Last Line: For I will be with you till no white brother %dares to keep down the children of the negro mother
Subject(s): African Americans; African Americans - Women; Mothers


NEGRO SERVANT       
First Line: All day subdued, polite
Last Line: O, sweet reief from faces that are white
Subject(s): African Americans


NEGRO SPEAKS OF WAR       
First Line: Now, I'm fed up %with all your wars
Last Line: It'll only be for freedom %for the negro


NEIGHBOR    Poem Text    
First Line: Down home / he sets on a stoop
Subject(s): African Americans; Harlem (new York City); Negroes; American Blacks


NEIGHBOR       
First Line: Down home %he sets on a stoop
Last Line: Sometimes %he don't drink %true, %he just %lets his glass %set there
Subject(s): African Americans; Harlem (new York City)


NEON SIGNS    Poem Text    
First Line: Wonder bar / wishing well / monterey
Subject(s): African Americans; Harlem (new York City); Negroes; American Blacks


NEON SIGNS       
First Line: Wonder bar %wishing well %monterey
Last Line: Mirror-go-round %where broken glass %in the early bright smears re-bop %sound
Subject(s): African Americans; Harlem (new York City)


NEW CABARET GIRL       
First Line: That little yaller girl
Last Line: Babe you can't %live that way
Subject(s): African Americans


NEW FLOWERS       
First Line: So many little flowers
Last Line: But the newly budding blossoms %are equally gay
Variant Title(s): Cycl
Subject(s): African Americans


NEW MOON       
First Line: There's a new young moon
Last Line: Veiling her face like a virgin %waiting for a lover
Subject(s): African Americans


NEW SONG       
First Line: I speak in the name of the black millions
Last Line: A new dream flames %against the %sun
Subject(s): African Americans


NEW YEAR       
First Line: The years %fall like dry leaves
Last Line: That another leaf has fallen
Subject(s): African Americans


NEW YORKERS       
First Line: I was born here
Last Line: She lifted her lips %in the dark: the same old spark!
Subject(s): African Americans; New York City


NIGHT       
First Line: That is my dream!
Last Line: Night coming tenderly %black like me
Subject(s): Language


NIGHT FUNERAL IN HARLEM    Poem Text    
First Line: Night funeral
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


NIGHT FUNERAL IN HARLEM       
First Line: Night funeral
Last Line: That poor boy's %funeral grand. %night funeral %in harlem
Subject(s): African Americans


NIGHT SONG       
First Line: In the dark %before the tall
Last Line: Fainted away %in the %dark
Subject(s): African Americans


NIGHT: FOUR SONGS       
First Line: Night of the two moons
Last Line: Night of the four songs unsung %sorrow! Sorrow! %sorrow!Sorrow!
Subject(s): African Americans


NIGHTMARE BOOGIE       
First Line: I had a dream %and I could see
Last Line: Rolling bass, %whirling treble %of cat-gut lace
Subject(s): African Americans


NO MORE       
First Line: So with a riddle
Last Line: We come to the end


NO REGRETS       
First Line: Out of love
Last Line: Though the return %be never
Subject(s): African Americans


NOCTURNE FOR THE DRUMS       
First Line: Gay little devils %that hide in gin
Last Line: The quick red hour %before the day
Subject(s): African Americans


NONETTE       
First Line: You wound my soul with a thousand spears
Last Line: But your poor heart breaks, too, and you, too, die
Subject(s): African Americans


NORTHERN LIBERAL       
First Line: And so %we lick our chops at birmingham
Last Line: Where you, %not I %am
Subject(s): African Americans


NOT A MOVIE       
First Line: Well the rocked him with road-apples
Last Line: But, thank god , he wasn't dead! %and there ain't no ku klux on a 133rd
Subject(s): African Americans; Elections; Harlem (new York City); Racism; Southern States


NOT ELSE -- BUT       
First Line: Hip boots %deep in the blues
Last Line: Do, jesus! %lord %amen
Subject(s): African Americans


NOT OFTEN       
First Line: I seldom see %a kangaroo
Last Line: But there's no %picture
Subject(s): African Americans


NOT WHAT WAS       
First Line: By then the poetry is written
Last Line: Before the rose had gone
Subject(s): African Americans


NOTE IN MUSIC       
First Line: Life is for the living
Last Line: And death a note unsaid
Subject(s): African Americans


NOTE ON COMMERCIAL THEATRE       
First Line: You've taken my blues and gone
Last Line: I reckon it'll be %me myself! %yes it'll be me
Subject(s): African Americans


NOTE TO ALL NAZIS FASCISTS AND KLANSMEN       
First Line: You delight, %so it would seem
Last Line: Out of you
Subject(s): African Americans


NUDE YOUNG DANCER       
First Line: What jungle tree have you slept under
Last Line: To what clean boy have you offered your lips
Subject(s): African Americans


NUMBER       
First Line: When faith in black candles
Last Line: That hasn't yet %been won? %???
Subject(s): African Americans


NUMBERED       
First Line: I think my days are numbered
Last Line: I spend my nights with you
Subject(s): African Americans


NUMBERS       
First Line: If I ever hit for a dollar
Last Line: Combinate a little %with my rent
Subject(s): African Americans


O       
First Line: At night the owl
Last Line: Is blind as a bat


OCTOBER       
First Line: Centuries went and came
Last Line: Stops the world's turning


OCTOBER 16: THE RAID    Poem Text    
First Line: Perhaps / you will remember
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


OCTOBER 16: THE RAID       
First Line: Perhaps %you will remember
Last Line: You will recall %john brown
Subject(s): African Americans


ODE TO DINAH       
First Line: In the quarter of the negroes %where to snow now acclimated
Last Line: And by mistake shot out the light
Subject(s): African Americans


OFFICE BUILDING: EVENING       
First Line: When the white folks get through
Last Line: But just wait, chile...
Subject(s): African Americans


OFFICIAL NOTICE       
First Line: Dear death: %I got your message
Last Line: With his blood %is sealed
Subject(s): African Americans


OLD AGE       
First Line: Having known robins on the window sill
Last Line: How do you feel'
Subject(s): African Americans


OLD DOG QUEENIE       
Last Line: Barking at the scenery
Subject(s): African Americans


OLD SAILOR       
First Line: He has been %many places
Last Line: Lament him %everywhere
Subject(s): African Americans


OLD WALT    Poem Text    
First Line: Old walt whitman / went finding and seeking
Subject(s): African Americans; Poetry & Poets; Whitman, Walt (1819-1891); Negroes; American Blacks


OLD WALT       
First Line: Old walt whitman %went finding and seeking
Last Line: Old walt whitman went seeking %and finding
Subject(s): African Americans; Poetry And Poets; Whitman, Walt (1819-1891)


ON A CHRISTMAS NIGHT       
First Line: In bethlehem on a christmas night
Last Line: Be happy, happy, everyone %on a christmas night!
Subject(s): African Americans; Christmas


ON A PALLET OF STRAW       
First Line: They did not travel in an airplane
Last Line: They found the lord of all!
Subject(s): African Americans; Christmas


ONE       
First Line: Lonely %as the wind
Last Line: Lonely %as a bottle of licker %on a table %by itself
Subject(s): African Americans


ONE MORE S IN THE U.S.A.       
First Line: Put one more s in the u.S.A.
Last Line: Will be the u.S.S.A. Then
Subject(s): African Americans


ONE-WAY TICKET       
First Line: I pick up my life
Last Line: Gone out west, %gone!
Subject(s): African Americans


ONLY DUMB GUYS FIGHT       
First Line: Only dumb guys fight
Last Line: Only dumb guys fight
Subject(s): African Americans


ONLY WOMAN BLUES       
First Line: I want to tell you 'bout that woman
Last Line: Woman's gonna mistreat me
Subject(s): African Americans


OPEN LETTER TO THE SOUTH       
First Line: White workers of the south
Last Line: Today, %we're man to man
Subject(s): African Americans


OPPRESSION       
First Line: Now dreams %are not available
Last Line: And the song %break %its jail
Subject(s): African Americans


OUR LAND       
First Line: We should have a land of sun
Last Line: Oh, sweet away! %ah, my beloved one, away
Subject(s): African Americans


OUT OF WORK       
First Line: I walked de streets till
Last Line: And see what it would do to you
Subject(s): African Americans


P       
First Line: There was a pigeon
Last Line: And that was the end of %pigeon mcguire


PAIR IN ONE       
First Line: The strangeness
Last Line: Both at once %are sounded
Subject(s): African Americans


PALE LADY       
First Line: Pale, delightful lady
Last Line: Oh, pale, delightful lady, %how I love you
Subject(s): African Americans


PARADE       
First Line: Seven ladies / and seventeen gentlemen
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


PARADE       
First Line: Seven ladies %and seventeen gentlemen
Last Line: A chance to let %parade! %the whole world see %parade %old black me!
Subject(s): African Americans


PARISIAN BEGGAR WOMAN       
First Line: Once you were young
Last Line: Will kiss you again
Subject(s): African Americans


PARK BENCH       
First Line: I live on a park bench
Last Line: Move on over %to park avenue?
Subject(s): African Americans; Homeless; Social Protest


PARK BENCHING       
First Line: I've sat on the park benches in paris
Last Line: Hungry days, %no jobs, %no work
Subject(s): African Americans


PASSING       
First Line: On sunny summer sunday afternoons in harlem
Last Line: Harlem of the bitter dream, %since their dream has %come true
Subject(s): African Americans


PASSING LOVE       
First Line: Because you are to me a song
Last Line: You will not stay when summer goes
Subject(s): African Americans


PASTORAL       
First Line: Between the little clouds of heaven
Last Line: The child, come back again
Subject(s): African Americans


PATHOLOGICAL PUZZLE       
First Line: There are so many diseases
Last Line: How any man %remains intact
Subject(s): African Americans


PEACE       
First Line: We passed their graves
Last Line: Who had gained %the victory
Subject(s): African Americans


PEACE CONFERENCE IN AN AMERICAN TOWN       
First Line: At the back fence calling
Last Line: At the back fence calling %you
Subject(s): African Americans


PENNSYLVANIA STATION       
First Line: The pennsylvania station in new york
Last Line: To glorify the earth - and you - and me
Subject(s): African Americans; Pennsylvania Station, New York City; Railroads


PERSONAL    Poem Text    
First Line: In an envelope marked: personal
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


PERSONAL       
First Line: In an envelope marked: personal
Last Line: I have given my answer
Subject(s): African Americans


PH.D.       
First Line: He never was a silly little boy
Last Line: And quite beyond his ph.D.'s small range
Subject(s): African Americans


PICTURES TO THE WALL       
First Line: Shall I tell you of my old, old dreams
Last Line: Or shall I keep quiet and let turn %my ugly pictures to the wall
Subject(s): African Americans


PIERROT       
First Line: I work all day, %said simple john
Last Line: With the burgher's wife one june
Subject(s): African Americans


PIGGY-BACK       
First Line: My daddy rides me piggy-back
Last Line: Has had enough to do
Subject(s): African Americans


PLAINT       
First Line: Money and art
Last Line: Are far apart
Subject(s): African Americans


PO' BOY BLUES       
First Line: When I was home de %sunshine seemed like gold
Last Line: I's so weary %I wish I'd never been born
Subject(s): African Americans


POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: I loved my friend / he went away from me
Variant Title(s): Poem [2]
Subject(s): Friendship


POEM       
First Line: I loved my friend %he went away from me
Last Line: I loved my friend
Variant Title(s): Poem [2
Subject(s): Friendship


POEM - TO THE BLACK BELOVED       
First Line: Ah, my black one
Last Line: Pale in the light %of thy nightness
Subject(s): African Americans


POEM FOR AN INTELLECTUAL ON THE WAY UP TO SUBMIT TO HIS LADY       
First Line: Do not call me dr.
Last Line: Just call me turtle dove
Subject(s): African Americans


POEM FOR YOUTH       
First Line: Raindrops %on the crumbling walls
Last Line: About sun-filled rain %drowning yesterday
Subject(s): African Americans


POEM TO A DEAD SOLDIER       
First Line: Ice-cold passion %and bitter breath
Last Line: Have lost your youth now %with the vilest of whores
Subject(s): African Americans; Death


POEM TO UNCLE SAM       
First Line: Uncle sam %with old jim crow
Last Line: Tackle hitler -- %shoot jim down
Subject(s): African Americans


POEM [1]       
First Line: All the tom-toms of the jungles beat in my blood
Last Line: So strong, %so cold
Subject(s): African Americans


POEM [3]       
First Line: When young spring comes
Last Line: The old, old god of love %to please
Subject(s): African Americans


POEME D'AUTOMNE       
First Line: The autumn leaves %are too heavy with color
Last Line: Will be their only %love
Subject(s): African Americans


POET TO BIGOT       
First Line: I have done so little
Last Line: My moment is %a flower
Subject(s): African Americans


POET TO PATRON       
First Line: What right has anyone to say
Last Line: What poems today?
Subject(s): African Americans


POOR GIRL'S RUINATION       
First Line: I went to chicago
Last Line: Take what is in %consideration
Subject(s): African Americans


POOR ROVER       
First Line: Rover was in clover
Last Line: Was gone. %poor rover!
Subject(s): African Americans


POPPY FLOWER       
First Line: A wild poppy-flower
Last Line: Withered and died
Subject(s): African Americans


PORT TOWN       
First Line: Hello, sailor boy
Last Line: Let's go sweetie! %come with me
Subject(s): African Americans


PORTER       
First Line: I must say %yes, sir
Last Line: Gimme yo' shoes %to shine. %yes, sir!
Subject(s): African Americans; Railroads


POSTCARD FROM SPAIN       
First Line: Dear folks at home: %I went out this mornin'
Last Line: Like I'm fightin' now for spain. %salud, %johnny
Subject(s): African Americans


POSTCARD FROM SPAIN       
First Line: Dear folks at home
Last Line: With a challenge %that appalls/
Subject(s): Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


PRAYER       
First Line: I ask you this
Last Line: Lord god, %I do not know
Variant Title(s): Prayer [1


PRAYER (2)       
First Line: Gather up %in the arms of your pity
Last Line: No love from above
Subject(s): African Americans


PRAYER FOR A WINTER NIGHT       
First Line: O, great god of cold and winter
Last Line: Where nothingness is everything and %everything is nothingness
Subject(s): African Americans


PRAYER MEETING       
First Line: Glory! Hallelujah!
Last Line: A black old woman croons - %the dawn's a-comin'!
Subject(s): African Americans


PREFERENCE       
First Line: I likes a woman six or eight and ten years older'n myself
Subject(s): African Americans; Love - Age Differences; Negroes; American Blacks


PREFERENCE       
First Line: I likes a woman six or eight and ten years older'n myself
Last Line: When she conversations with you %it ain't forever, gimme!
Subject(s): African Americans; Love - Age Differences


PRELUDE TO OUR AGE       
First Line: History's long page
Last Line: Tomorrow %is another %page
Subject(s): African Americans


PRESENT       
First Line: De lady I work for
Last Line: Yes, %he did
Subject(s): African Americans


PRIME       
First Line: Uptown on lenox avenue
Last Line: In the section of the niggers %where a nickel costs a dime
Subject(s): African Americans


PROBLEMS       
First Line: 2 and 2 are 4
Last Line: Divided by 2?
Subject(s): African Americans


PROJECTION    Poem Text    
First Line: On the day when the savoy
Last Line: Wonderful!
Subject(s): African Americans; Divine, Father (george Baker, 1877-1965); Harlem (new York City); Jazz; Music & Musicians; Negroes; American Blacks


PROMISED LAND       
First Line: The promised land
Last Line: To a spot from which the land -- %still lies ahead
Subject(s): African Americans


PUZZLED       
First Line: Here on the edge of hell
Last Line: What we're gonna do %in the face of %what we remember
Variant Title(s): Harlem (1); Harlem:


PUZZLEMENT       
First Line: I don't know why
Last Line: Can't afford that much
Subject(s): African Americans


Q       
First Line: Quail %are happy
Last Line: For something to eat! %b-o-o-m


QUESTION (1)       
First Line: When the old junk man, death
Last Line: Than the black torso of %a negro cotton-picker
Subject(s): African Americans


QUESTION (2)       
First Line: Said the lady, can you do
Last Line: And feed me too? %figurine %de-dop!
Subject(s): African Americans


QUESTION AND ANSWER       
First Line: Durban, birmingham
Last Line: Why take it? %to remake it
Subject(s): African Americans


R       
First Line: Peter rabbit %had a habit
Last Line: And warmed his little pants


RAID       
First Line: Late at night
Last Line: Where? %the man is there
Subject(s): African Americans


RAILROAD AVENUE    Poem Text    
First Line: Dusk dark / on railroad avenue
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


RAILROAD AVENUE       
First Line: Dusk dark %on railroad avenue
Last Line: And leaving the untouched the box-car %some train has forgotten
Subject(s): African Americans


REASONS WHY       
First Line: Just because I loves you --
Last Line: When you pass by
Subject(s): African Americans


RED CLAY BLUES (BY HUGHES AND RICHARD WRIGHT)       
First Line: I miss that red clay, lawd, I
Last Line: I got them red clay blues
Subject(s): African Americans


RED CROSS       
First Line: The angel of mercy's
Last Line: And all because of negro blood
Subject(s): African Americans


RED SILK STOCKINGS       
First Line: Put on yo' red silk stockings
Last Line: Go out an' let de white boys %look at yo' legs
Subject(s): African Americans


REFUGEE       
First Line: Loneliness terrific beats on my heart
Last Line: Where are you? Oh, where are you? %once so dear
Subject(s): African Americans


REFUGEE IN AMERICA       
First Line: There are words like freedom
Last Line: That almost make me cry. %if you had known what I knew %you would know why
Variant Title(s): Words Like Freedo
Subject(s): Alphabet Verse; Brotherhood; Freedom


RELIEF       
First Line: My heart is aching
Last Line: And fight another war, %or even two, %the one to stop 'em won't be me. %would you?
Subject(s): African Americans


REMEMBRANCE       
First Line: To wander through this living world
Last Line: The flower no scent encloses
Subject(s): African Americans


RENT-PARTY SHOUT: FOR A LADY DANCER       
First Line: Whip it to a jelly!
Last Line: I'm gonna kill that %man o' mine
Subject(s): African Americans


REQUEST    Poem Text    
First Line: Gimme $25.00 / and the change
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


REQUEST       
First Line: Gimme $25.00 %and the change
Last Line: And the evening %won't bother me
Subject(s): African Americans


REQUEST FOR REQUIEMS       
First Line: Play the st. Louis blues
Last Line: Like me left around
Subject(s): African Americans


RESTRICTIVE COVENANTS       
First Line: When I move %into a neighborhood
Last Line: I reckon the wind %must care
Subject(s): African Americans


RETURN TO SEA       
First Line: Today I go back to the sea
Last Line: The broken edge of a dream
Subject(s): African Americans


REVERIE ON THE HARLEM RIVER    Poem Text    
First Line: Did you ever go down to the river
Subject(s): African Americans; Harlem River, New York; Negroes; American Blacks


REVERIE ON THE HARLEM RIVER       
First Line: Did you ever go down to the river
Last Line: But who would miss me if I left?
Subject(s): African Americans; Harlem River, New York


REVOLUTION       
First Line: Great mob that knows no fear --
Last Line: Great mob that knows no fear
Subject(s): African Americans


RIDE, RED, RIDE       
First Line: I want to see my mother mother
Last Line: And your hair was blowing back %in the wind
Subject(s): African Americans


RISING WATERS       
First Line: To you %who are the %foam on the sea
Last Line: You rich ones -- %not the sea
Subject(s): African Americans


ROAR CHINA!       
First Line: Roar, china! %roar, old lion of the east!
Last Line: To take it! %roar, china!
Subject(s): African Americans


ROLAND HAYES BEATEN       
First Line: Negroes, %sweet and docile
Last Line: Beware the hour %it uproots trees!
Variant Title(s): Warning; Roland Hayes Beaten (georgia: 1942


ROOM       
First Line: Each little room
Last Line: When only one %is there
Subject(s): African Americans


RUBY BROWN       
First Line: She was young and beautiful
Last Line: Pay more money to her now %than they ever did before, %when she worked in their kitchens
Subject(s): African Americans; Prostitution


RUINED GAL       
First Line: Standin' by de lonesome riverside
Last Line: For ever havin' a daughter
Subject(s): African Americans


S       
First Line: Mrs. Squirrel %can look so sweet
Last Line: Mrs. Squirrel %indeed looks sour


S-SSS-SS-SH       
First Line: Her great adventure ended
Last Line: But mother and child %thoughtt it fun
Subject(s): African Americans


SAILING DATE       
First Line: Twisted and strange
Last Line: It's sailing date. %their captain's %there
Subject(s): African Americans


SAILOR       
First Line: He sat upon the rolling deck
Last Line: Than god -- and lonely
Subject(s): African Americans


SALUTE TO SOVIET ARMIES       
First Line: Mighty soviet armies marching on the west
Last Line: Salute to the soviet armies -- from our land
Subject(s): African Americans


SAME IN BLUES    Poem Text    
First Line: I said to my baby, / baby, take it slow
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


SAME IN BLUES       
First Line: I said to my baby, %baby, take it slow
Last Line: When a dream gets kicked around
Subject(s): African Americans


SATURDAY NIGHT       
First Line: Play it once
Last Line: Do it mr. Charlie, till de red dawn come
Subject(s): African Americans


SCOTTSBORO       
First Line: 8 black boys in a southern jail
Last Line: World, turn pale
Subject(s): African Americans


SEA CALM       
First Line: How still
Last Line: For water %to be so still that way
Subject(s): African Americans


SEA CHARM       
First Line: Sea charm %the sea's own children
Last Line: And that the sea holds %a wide, deep death
Subject(s): African Americans


SEARCH       
First Line: All life is but the climbing of a hill
Last Line: And back in space to where time was begun
Subject(s): African Americans


SEASCAPE       
First Line: Off the coast of ireland
Last Line: We saw an indian merchantman %coming home
Subject(s): African Americans; Ships And Shipping


SEASHORE THROUGH DARK GLASSES (ATLANTIC CITY)       
First Line: Beige sailors with large noses
Last Line: Scent salty-colored %compass points
Subject(s): African Americans


SECOND GENERATION: NEW YORK       
First Line: Mama %remembers the four-leaf clover
Last Line: This city -- and they're dear
Subject(s): African Americans


SEVEN MOMENTS OF LOVE: 1. TWILIGHT REVERIE       
First Line: Here I set with a bitter old thought
Last Line: It's dark on this stoop, lawd! The sun's gone down!
Subject(s): African Americans


SEVEN MOMENTS OF LOVE: 2. SUPPER TIME       
First Line: I look in the kettle, the kettle is dry
Last Line: Cause if I don't they'll cut down my pay


SEVEN MOMENTS OF LOVE: 3. BED TIME       
First Line: If this radio was good I'd get kdq
Last Line: A human gets lonesome if there ain't two


SEVEN MOMENTS OF LOVE: 4. DAYBREAK       
First Line: Big ben, I'm gonna bust you bang up side the wall!
Last Line: Getting up in the morning lonesome and sad?


SEVEN MOMENTS OF LOVE: 5. SUNDAY       
First Line: All day sunday didn't even dress up
Last Line: They outght to be like me setting here - feeling glad!


SEVEN MOMENTS OF LOVE: 6. PAY DAY       
First Line: This whole pay check's just for me
Last Line: You was the best - but you the worst


SEVEN MOMENTS OF LOVE: 7. LETTER       
First Line: Dear cassie: yes, I got your letter
Last Line: I'll meet you at the bus station. %your baby, %jack


SHADES OF PIGMEAT       
First Line: In the quarter of the negroes
Last Line: (and ain't never had a black house) %do, jesus! %lord! %amen
Subject(s): African Americans


SHADOWS       
First Line: We run, %we run
Last Line: We must break through these shadows, %we must find the sun
Subject(s): African Americans; Shadows


SHAKESPEARE IN HARLEM       
First Line: Hey ninny neigh!
Last Line: Went home to her ma
Subject(s): African Americans


SHALL THE GOOD GO DOWN       
First Line: All over the world
Last Line: Where is their %town?
Subject(s): African Americans


SHAME ON YOU       
First Line: If you're great enough %and clever enough
Last Line: Black people don't remember %ant more than white. %if you're not alive and kicking, %shame on you
Subject(s): African Americans


SHARE-CROPPERS       
First Line: Just a herd of negroes
Last Line: Plowing life away %to make the cotton yeild
Subject(s): African Americans; Labor And Laborers


SHEARING TIME       
First Line: It must be nice to be a sheep
Last Line: That poor old sheep bleats, 'oh, dear!'
Subject(s): African Americans


SHEPHERD'S SONG AT CHRISTMAS    Poem Text    
First Line: Look there at the star!
Subject(s): African Americans; Christmas; Negroes; American Blacks; Nativity, The


SHEPHERD'S SONG AT CHRISTMAS       
First Line: Look there at the star!
Last Line: I will bring my heart %to the manger
Subject(s): African Americans; Christmas


SHOUT       
First Line: Listen to yo' prophets
Subject(s): African Americans


SHOW FARE, PLEASE       
First Line: Tell me, mama, can I get my show
Last Line: Show fare, mama.... %show fare!
Subject(s): African Americans


SICK ROOM       
First Line: How quiet %it is in this sick room
Last Line: And all three covered with a sheet of pain
Subject(s): African Americans


SIGNS OF SPRING       
First Line: Bright, jolly sunshine and clear blue skies
Last Line: Are the things which tell us that spring is here
Subject(s): African Americans


SILENCE       
First Line: I catch the pattern
Last Line: Every tone I seek %is heard
Subject(s): African Americans


SILENT ONE       
First Line: This little silent one --
Last Line: This little %silent %one
Subject(s): African Americans


SILHOUETTE       
First Line: Southern gentle lady
Last Line: Be good! %be good!
Variant Title(s): Three Songs About Lynching: Silhouett
Subject(s): African Americans


SILLY ANIMALS       
First Line: The dog ran down the street
Last Line: There they go again
Subject(s): African Americans


SINNER       
First Line: Have mercy, lord!
Last Line: An' a sinner in yo'sight %have mercy, lord!
Subject(s): African Americans


SISTER       
First Line: That little negro's married and got a kid
Last Line: Did it ever occur to you, boy, %that a woman does the best she can? %comment on stoop %so does a man
Subject(s): African Americans


SISTER JOHNSON MARCHES       
First Line: Here am I with my head held high
Last Line: It's de first of may!
Subject(s): African Americans


SITUATION    Poem Text    
First Line: When I rolled three 7's
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


SITUATION       
First Line: When I rolled three 7's
Last Line: I was scared to walk out %with the dough
Subject(s): African Americans


SIX-BITS BLUES       
First Line: Gimme six-bits' worth o' ticket
Last Line: I got to roll along
Subject(s): African Americans


SLAVE       
First Line: To ride piggy-back
Last Line: I ride protected
Subject(s): African Americans


SLAVE SONG       
First Line: I can see down there
Last Line: Wishing star %north star %how far
Subject(s): African Americans


SLEEP       
First Line: When the lips %and the body
Last Line: And the body %are done
Subject(s): African Americans


SLIVER       
First Line: Cheap little rhymes %cheap little tune
Last Line: To cheap little rhymes %can cut a man's %throat sometimes
Subject(s): African Americans


SLIVER OF SERMON       
First Line: When pimps out of loneliness cry: %great god!
Last Line: Whores in final weariness say: %great god! %oh god! %my god! %great %god


SLUM DREAMS       
First Line: Little dreams %of springtime
Last Line: On air alone %they're hung
Subject(s): African Americans


SMALL MEMORY       
First Line: I have this %strange small memory
Last Line: The search %that is %not mine
Subject(s): African Americans


SNAIL       
First Line: Little snail
Last Line: Drinking %the dewdrop's %mystery
Subject(s): African Americans; Snails


SNAKE       
First Line: He glides so swiftly
Last Line: To seek a stone %to kill him
Subject(s): African Americans


SNOB       
First Line: If your reputation
Last Line: Too far to one side
Subject(s): African Americans


SO LONG       
First Line: So long / is in the song
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


SO LONG       
First Line: So long %is in the song
Last Line: You're gone so long %so long
Subject(s): African Americans


SO TIRED BLUES       
First Line: I'm gonna wake up some mornin'
Last Line: Tired as I can be
Subject(s): African Americans


SOLEDAD: A CUBAN PORTRAIT       
First Line: The shadows %of too many nights of love
Last Line: So deeply scarred, %so still with silent cries
Subject(s): African Americans


SOME DAY       
First Line: Once more %the guns roar
Last Line: Shared by everyone
Subject(s): African Americans


SONG       
First Line: Lovely, dark, and lonely one
Last Line: Beat with bare, brown fists -- %and wait
Subject(s): African Americans


SONG AFTER LYNCHING       
First Line: I guess democracy's meant to be
Last Line: With a lynching tree
Subject(s): African Americans


SONG FOR A BANJO DANCE       
First Line: Shake your brown feet, honey
Last Line: The sun's going down this very night -- %might never rise no mo'
Subject(s): African Americans


SONG FOR A DARK GIRL    Poem Text    
First Line: Way down south in dixie
Subject(s): African Americans; Love; Lynching; Southern States; Negroes; American Blacks; South (u.s.)


SONG FOR A DARK GIRL       
First Line: Way down south in dixie
Last Line: Love is a naked shadow %on a gnarled and naked tree
Subject(s): African Americans; Love; Lynching; Southern States


SONG FOR BILLIE HOLIDAY    Poem Text    
First Line: What can purge my heart
Last Line: Where?
Subject(s): African Americans; Jazz; Music & Musicians; Negroes; American Blacks


SONG FOR OURSELVES       
First Line: Czechoslovakia lynched on a swastika cross
Last Line: Will it be here, brother
Subject(s): African Americans


SONG OF ADORATION       
First Line: I would like to be a white man, wouldn't you?
Last Line: Halleloo!... O halleloo ... %hallelloo-o-o
Subject(s): African Americans


SONG OF SPAIN       
First Line: Come now, all you who are singers
Last Line: A workers' world %is the song of spain
Subject(s): African Americans; Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


SONG OF THE REFUGEE ROAD       
First Line: Refugee road, refugee road
Last Line: Walking down the refugee road
Subject(s): African Americans


SONG OF THE REVOLUTION       
First Line: Sing me a song of the revolution
Last Line: Waken, at last, to the joy of life
Subject(s): African Americans


SONG TO A NEGRO WASH-WOMAN       
First Line: Oh, wash-woman, %arms elbow-deep in white suds
Last Line: For you I have many songs to make %could I but find the words
Subject(s): African Americans


SONGS       
First Line: I sat there singing her
Last Line: I said, %there are %no words
Subject(s): African Americans


SONGS TO THE DARK VIRGIN       
First Line: Would %that I were a jewel
Last Line: To annihilate thy body, %thou dark one
Subject(s): African Americans


SOUTH       
First Line: The lazy, laughing south
Last Line: And in her house my children %may escape the spell of the south
Subject(s): African Americans


SOUTHERN MAMMY SINGS       
First Line: Miss gardner's in her garden
Last Line: Just ain't got no heart %no, m'am! %just ain't got no heart
Subject(s): African Americans


SOUTHERN NEGRO SPEAKS       
First Line: I reckon they must have
Last Line: When folks talk about freedom -- %and jim crow me?
Subject(s): African Americans


SPEAKING OF FOOD       
First Line: I hear folks talking
Last Line: That's what we ought to say
Subject(s): African Americans


SPECIAL BULLETIN       
First Line: Lower the flags
Last Line: Peel off the skin, %peel peel %peel off %the skin
Subject(s): African Americans


SPIRITUALS       
First Line: Rocks and the firm roots of trees
Last Line: Sing, o black mother! %song is a strong thing
Subject(s): African Americans


SPORT       
First Line: Life %for him
Last Line: Drunk long %ago
Subject(s): African Americans


SPRING FOR LOVERS       
First Line: Desire weaves its fantasy of dreams
Last Line: Forgetting -- flowers wither in an hour
Subject(s): African Americans


STALINGRAD: 1942       
First Line: There are the inactive ones who
Last Line: Victory -- your glory!
Subject(s): African Americans


STAR SEEKER       
First Line: I have been a seeker
Last Line: Wild beauty. %now behold my scars
Subject(s): African Americans


STARS       
First Line: O, sweep of stars over harlem streets
Last Line: Out of the little breath of oblivion %that is night %take just %one star
Subject(s): African Americans; Homosexuality


STATEMENT       
First Line: Down on '33rd street
Last Line: Every way they is
Subject(s): African Americans


STEEL MILLS       
First Line: The mills %that grind and grind
Last Line: Grinding out new steel, %old men
Subject(s): African Americans


STILL HERE    Poem Text    
First Line: I've been scarred and battered
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


STILL HERE       
First Line: I've been scarred and battered
Last Line: I'm still here!
Subject(s): African Americans


STOKELY MALCOLM ME       
First Line: I have been seeking
Last Line: Did I ever live %up your %way?
Subject(s): African Americans; Carmichael, Stokely; Malcolm X (malcolm Little) (1925-1965)


STONY LONESOME       
First Line: They done took cordelia
Last Line: Cordelia's %in stony %lonesome %ground!
Subject(s): African Americans


STRANGE HURT [SHE KNOWS]    Poem Text    
First Line: In times of stormy weather
Last Line: Naked through the cold.
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


STRANGER IN TOWN       
First Line: I walked all over the zoo and the park
Last Line: Yes, I'll know %my way around
Subject(s): African Americans


STREET SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: Jack, if you got to be a rounder
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


STREET SONG       
First Line: Jack, if you got to be a rounder
Last Line: Just don't let mama catch you %makin' rounds at night
Subject(s): African Americans


SUBURBAN EVENING       
First Line: A dog howled %weird became the night
Last Line: Unreasonable %ghosts
Subject(s): African Americans


SUBWAY FACE       
First Line: That I have been looking
Last Line: I take a local down
Subject(s): African Americans


SUBWAY RUSH HOUR       
First Line: Mingled %breath and smell %so close
Last Line: So near %no room for fear
Subject(s): African Americans; Subways


SUCCESS       
First Line: Here I sit with my belly full
Last Line: With onions on it, %and I eat
Subject(s): African Americans


SUICIDE       
First Line: Ma sweet good man has
Last Line: Cause de river's quiet %an' a po' gal can sleep
Subject(s): African Americans


SUICIDE'S NOTE    Poem Text    
First Line: The calm / cool face of the river
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


SUICIDE'S NOTE       
First Line: The calm %cool face of the river
Last Line: Asked me for a kiss
Subject(s): African Americans


SUMMER EVENING       
First Line: Mothers pass, %sweet watermelon in a baby carriage
Last Line: And in another week %it will again %be sunday
Subject(s): African Americans


SUMMER NIGHT       
First Line: The sounds %of the harlem night
Last Line: Into the court-yard
Subject(s): African Americans


SUN SONG       
First Line: Sun and softness
Last Line: I bring you my songs %to sing on the georgia roads
Subject(s): African Americans


SUNDAY BY THE COMBINATION       
First Line: I feel like dancin', baby
Last Line: I feel like dancin'! %baby, dance with me!
Subject(s): African Americans


SUNDAY MORNING PROPHECY       
First Line: And now %when the rumble of death
Last Line: That I who am thy shepherd %might live %amen!
Subject(s): African Americans


SUNSET -- CONEY ISLAND       
First Line: The sun, %like the red yolk of a rotten egg
Last Line: Is like a sick tomato %in a garbage can
Subject(s): African Americans


SUNSET IN DIXIE       
First Line: The sun is gonna go down
Last Line: Goes down in dixie
Subject(s): African Americans


SWEET WORDS ON RACE       
First Line: Sweet words that take
Last Line: Not hear them %anymore
Subject(s): African Americans


SYLVESTER'S DYING BED    Poem Text    
First Line: I woke up this mornin'
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


SYLVESTER'S DYING BED       
First Line: I woke up this mornin'
Last Line: Then everything was darkness %in a great big night
Subject(s): African Americans


T       
First Line: Turtle, turtle, %I wonder why
Last Line: Where I want to go


TAG    Poem Text    
First Line: Little cullud boys / with fears
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


TAG       
First Line: Little cullud boys %with fears
Last Line: Frantic, %nudge their draftee years. %pop-a-da!
Subject(s): African Americans


TAMBOURINES       
Last Line: Tambourines %to glory
Subject(s): African Americans


TAMOURINES       


TAPESTRY       
First Line: Men who ride strange wild horses
Last Line: Are dreaming of old amours
Subject(s): African Americans


TEACHER       
First Line: Ideals are like the stars
Last Line: And I tremble lest the darkness teach %me that nothing matters
Subject(s): African Americans


TELL ME       
First Line: Why should it be my loneliness
Last Line: Why should it be my song, %why should it be my dream %deferred %overlong?
Subject(s): African Americans


TESTAMENT       
First Line: What shall I leave my son
Last Line: Than she's got breath
Subject(s): African Americans


TESTIMONIAL       
First Line: If I just had a piano
Last Line: But I don't need no piano %neither organ %nor drum %for to praise my lord!
Subject(s): African Americans


THANKSGIVING TIME       
First Line: When the night winds whistle through the trees and blow the crisp brown leaves
Last Line: It's thanksgiving time
Subject(s): African Americans


THAT MEAN OLD YESTERDAY       
First Line: That mean old yesterday
Last Line: Gimme back my diamond ring
Subject(s): African Americans


THE NEGRO SPEAKS OF RIVERS    Poem Text    
First Line: I've known rivers
Last Line: My soul has grown deep like the rivers.
Subject(s): African Americans - History; Holidays; New Year; Racism; Rivers; Time; Black Heritage; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry


THE WEARY BLUES    Poem Text    
First Line: Droning a drowsy syncopated tune
Last Line: He slept like a rock or a man that's dead.
Subject(s): African Americans; Blues (music); Jazz; Music & Musicians; Negroes; American Blacks


THEME FOR ENGLISH B    Poem Text    
First Line: The instructor said / go home and write
Subject(s): African Americans; African Americans - Children; Schools; Negroes; American Blacks; Students


THEME FOR ENGLISH B       
First Line: The instructor said %go home and write
Last Line: Although you're older and white %and somewhat more free %this is my page for english b
Subject(s): African Americans; African Americans - Children; Schools


THERE       
First Line: Where death %stretches its wide horizons
Last Line: Even perhaps %divinity
Subject(s): African Americans


THERE'S ALWAYS WEATHER, WEATHER       
Last Line: Weather is so much fun!
Subject(s): African Americans


THIRD DEGREE       
First Line: Hit me! Jab me! %make me say I did it
Last Line: When you trow %cold water on me, %I'll sign the %paper
Subject(s): African Americans


THIS LITTLE HOUSE IS SUGAR       
Last Line: And from its tiny window %peeps a maple-sugar child
Variant Title(s): Winter Sweetnes


THIS PUZZLES ME       
First Line: They think we're simple children
Last Line: When you see the world today
Subject(s): African Americans


THORN       
First Line: Now there will be nobody, you say
Last Line: To start the turning
Subject(s): African Americans


THREE SONGS ABOUT LYNCHING: FLIGHT       
First Line: Plant your toes in the cool swamp mud
Last Line: Or they'll swing you to a tree
Subject(s): African Americans


THREE SONGS ABOUT LYNCHING: LYNCHING SONG       
First Line: Pull at the rope! O!
Last Line: The nigger's %still body %says %not I
Subject(s): African Americans


TIRED       
First Line: I am so tired of waiting
Last Line: And see what worms are eating %at the rind
Subject(s): African Americans


TO A DEAD FRIEND       
First Line: The moon still sends its mellow light
Last Line: Happiness comes no more to me, %for you are dead
Subject(s): African Americans


TO A LITTLE LOVER-LASS, DEAD       
First Line: She %who searched for lovers
Last Line: And gives her kiss to nothingness. %would god his lips were sweet
Subject(s): African Americans


TO ARTINA       
First Line: I will take your heart
Last Line: I will take your soul %I will be god when it comes to you
Subject(s): African Americans


TO BE SOMEBODY       
First Line: Little girl %dreaming of a baby grand piano
Last Line: There's always room %they say, %at the top
Subject(s): African Americans


TO BEAUTY       
First Line: To worship %at the altar of beauty
Last Line: Plucked from another's %vine
Subject(s): African Americans


TO CAPTAIN MULZAC       
First Line: Dangerous %are the western waters now
Last Line: Freedom, %brotherhood %democracy
Subject(s): African Americans


TO CERTAIN BROTHERS       
First Line: You sicken me with lies
Last Line: And wild hyenas howling %in your soul's waste lands
Subject(s): African Americans


TO CERTAIN INTELLECTUALS       
First Line: You are no friend of mine
Last Line: Have told me so, -- %no friend of mine
Subject(s): African Americans


TO CERTAIN NEGRO LEADERS       
First Line: Voices crying in the wilderness
Last Line: And do not cry %too loud
Subject(s): African Americans


TO DOROTHY MAYNOR       
First Line: As though her lips
Last Line: Is blessed %with peace
Subject(s): African Americans


TO MAKE WORDS SING       
Last Line: Words last so long
Subject(s): African Americans


TO MIDNIGHT NAN AT LEROY'S       
First Line: Strut and wiggle
Last Line: Wouldn't no good fellow %be your man t
Subject(s): African Americans


TO THE DARK MERCEDES OF 'EL PALACIO DE AMOUR'       
First Line: Mercedes is a jungle-lily in a death house
Last Line: Go where they will pay you well %for your loveliness
Subject(s): African Americans


TO THE LITTLE FORT OF SAN LAZARO ON THE OCEAN FRONT, HAVANA       
First Line: Watch tower once for pirates
Last Line: Stone by helpless stone
Subject(s): African Americans


TO THE UNBELIEVERS       
First Line: You don't have to believe me
Last Line: Past and future watching our dust


TO YOU       
First Line: To sit and ream, to sit and read
Last Line: I reach out my hands to you
Subject(s): African Americans


TODAY       
First Line: This is earthquake
Last Line: Walk lean %together
Subject(s): African Americans; Homosexuality


TOMORROW       
First Line: Tomorrow may be %a thousand years off
Last Line: Others take a quarter straight. %some dawns %wait
Subject(s): African Americans


TOMORROW       
First Line: We have tomorrow %bright before us
Last Line: Broad arch above the road we came. %we march!
Variant Title(s): Yout
Subject(s): African Americans; Justice


TOMORROW'S SEED       
First Line: Proud banner of death
Last Line: For freedom's birth
Subject(s): African Americans; Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


TOO BLUE       
First Line: I got those sad old weary blues
Last Line: And I'm too blue %to look for one
Subject(s): African Americans


TOTAL WAR       
First Line: The reason dixie %is so mean today
Last Line: To be another pain
Subject(s): African Americans


TOWER       
First Line: Death is a tower
Last Line: That never ends
Subject(s): African Americans


TOWN OF SCOTTSBORO       
First Line: Scottsboro's just a little place
Last Line: Its people's heart, too small to hold a sob
Subject(s): African Americans


TRIP: SAN FRANCISCO       
First Line: I went to san francisco
Last Line: Like cobwebs in the sky
Subject(s): African Americans


TROUBLED WATER       
First Line: Between us, always, loved one
Last Line: This sea of troubled water
Subject(s): African Americans


TROUBLED WOMAN       
First Line: She stands %in the quiet darkness
Last Line: That never lifts its head %again
Subject(s): African Americans


TRUMPET PLAYER    Poem Text    
First Line: The negro / with the trumpet at his lips
Subject(s): African Americans; African Americans - Song & Music; Music & Musicians; Negroes; American Blacks


TRUMPET PLAYER       
First Line: The negro %with the trumpet at his lips
Last Line: As the tune comes from his trhoat %trouble %mellows to a golden note
Subject(s): African Americans; African Americans - Song And Music; Music And Musicians


TWO SOMEWHAT DIFFERENT EPIGRAMS       
First Line: Oh, god of dust and raibows, help us see
Last Line: And god, who sometimes spits right in its face
Subject(s): African Americans


TWO THINGS       
First Line: Two things possess the power
Last Line: In no single mouth the same
Subject(s): African Americans


TWO THINGS       
Subject(s): Death


U       
First Line: The unicorn %has a single horn
Last Line: Happy unreal %unicorn


ULTIMATUM       
First Line: Baby, how come you can't see me
Last Line: Without your rent %I mean %without a cent
Subject(s): African Americans


ULTIMATUM: KID TO KID       
First Line: Go home, stupid
Last Line: Stupid, go home - %before I cry
Subject(s): African Americans


UN-AMERICAN INVESTIGATORS       
First Line: The committee's fat
Last Line: With delight in %its manure
Subject(s): African Americans; United States


UNCLE TOM       
First Line: Within the beaten pride
Last Line: Taught well %to know his place
Subject(s): African Americans


UNCLE TOM (1)       
First Line: Uncle tom is a legend and a dream
Last Line: Uncle tom's children wholly free
Subject(s): African Americans


UNDERGROUND (TO ANTI-FASCISTS OF THE OCCUPIED COUNTRIES)       
First Line: Still you bring us with our hands bound
Last Line: For time will give us %out spring %at last
Subject(s): African Americans


UNDERTOW       
First Line: The solid citizens
Last Line: Westchester %and me
Subject(s): African Americans


UNION       
First Line: Not me alone -- %I know now __
Last Line: That must be ended
Subject(s): African Americans


UP-BEAT       
First Line: In the gutter / boys who try
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


UP-BEAT       
First Line: In the gutter %boys who try
Last Line: While from the gutter %both can rise: %but it requires %plenty of eyes
Subject(s): African Americans


US: COLORED       
First Line: So strange, %we are completely out of range
Last Line: So strange
Subject(s): African Americans


V       
First Line: The vixen is %a female fox
Last Line: She never feels %at home


VAGABONDS    Poem Text    
First Line: We are the desperate
Subject(s): African Americans; Labor & Laborers; Negroes; American Blacks; Work; Workers


VAGABONDS       
First Line: We are the desperate
Last Line: The tearless %who cannot %weep
Subject(s): African Americans; Labor And Laborers


VARI-COLORED SONG       
First Line: If I had a heart of gold
Last Line: And never up instead
Subject(s): African Americans


VISITORS TO THE BLACK BELT       
First Line: You can talk about %across the railroad tracks
Last Line: Who're you, outsider? %ask me who am I
Subject(s): African Americans


W       
First Line: A pretty white mouse
Last Line: Because she fell in


WAIT       
First Line: I am the silent one
Last Line: I shall find words to speak %wait!
Subject(s): African Americans


WAKE    Poem Text    
First Line: Tell all my mourners
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


WAKE       
First Line: Tell all my mourners
Last Line: Cause there ain't no sense %in my bein' dead
Subject(s): African Americans


WALLS       
First Line: Four walls can hold
Last Line: Garnered from yesterday %and held for tomorrow
Subject(s): African Americans


WAR       
First Line: The face of war is my face
Last Line: Like your name %is war
Subject(s): African Americans


WARNING       
First Line: Daddy,
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


WARNING       
First Line: Daddy,
Last Line: Don't let your dog %curb you!
Subject(s): African Americans


WARNING: AUGMENTED    Poem Text    
First Line: Don't let your dog curb you!
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


WARNING: AUGMENTED       
First Line: Don't let your dog curb you!
Last Line: Cur dog, fice dog, kerry blue %just don't let your dog curb you!
Subject(s): African Americans


WATER-FRONT STREETS       
First Line: The spring is not so beautiful there
Last Line: Who carry beauties in their hearts %and dreams, like me
Subject(s): African Americans


WAYS       
First Line: A slash of the wrist
Last Line: To hold you in her arms
Subject(s): African Americans


WE'RE ALL IN THE TELEPHONE BOOK       
Last Line: That's america's telephone book
Subject(s): African Americans; Americans; United States


WE, TOO       
First Line: Oh, congo brother
Last Line: Congo brother, %rise with you
Subject(s): African Americans


WEALTH       
First Line: From christ to ghandi
Last Line: The simple dew %of love
Subject(s): African Americans


WEST TEXAS       
First Line: Down in west texas where the sun
Last Line: Ain't no place %for a colored %man to stay!
Subject(s): African Americans; Farm Life


WHAT I THINK       
First Line: The guys who own
Last Line: And have liberty -- %that's what I think
Subject(s): African Americans


WHAT?       
First Line: Some pimps wear summer hats
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


WHAT?       
First Line: Some pimps wear summer hats
Last Line: Got to neglect something, %so what would you do
Subject(s): African Americans


WHAT? SO SOON!       
First Line: I believe my old lady's
Last Line: You call it fate? %figurette %de-daddle-dy! %de-dop!
Subject(s): African Americans


WHATCH OUT, PAPA       
First Line: When y ou thrill with joy
Last Line: All about. %watch out!
Subject(s): African Americans


WHEN SUE WEARS RED    Poem Text    
First Line: When susanna jones wears red
Subject(s): Love


WHEN SUE WEARS RED       
First Line: When susanna jones wears red
Last Line: Sweet silver trumpets, jesus!
Subject(s): Love


WHEN THE ARMIES PASSED       
First Line: Mama, I found this soldier's cap
Last Line: It is a red star, mother
Subject(s): African Americans


WHERE SERVICE IS NEEDED       
First Line: For the negro nurse there's been no easy way
Last Line: Her skilled hands may serve where service is needed
Subject(s): African Americans


WHERE? WHEN? WHICH?       
First Line: When the cold comes
Last Line: With old and not too gentle %apartheid
Subject(s): African Americans


WHITE MAN       
First Line: Sure I know you!
Last Line: Are you always a white man? %huh?
Subject(s): African Americans


WHITE ONES       
First Line: I do not hate you
Last Line: Why do you torture me
Subject(s): African Americans


WHITE SHADOWS       
First Line: I'm looking for a house
Last Line: No such house %at all
Variant Title(s): House In The Worl
Subject(s): African Americans


WHO BUT THE LORD?       
First Line: I looked and I saw
Last Line: So who but the lord %can protect me? %we'll see
Subject(s): African Americans


WIDE RIVER       
First Line: Ma baby lives across de river
Last Line: Cause if I don't see ma baby %I'll lay down an' die right now
Subject(s): African Americans


WIDOW WOMAN       
First Line: Oh, that last long ride is a
Last Line: And don't nobody else want me %yet you never can tell when a%a woman like me is free
Subject(s): African Americans


WILL V-DAY BE ME-DAY TOO       
First Line: Dear fellow americans
Last Line: That's what I want to know. %sincerely, %gi joe
Subject(s): African Americans


WINE-O       
First Line: Setting in the wine-house
Last Line: Soaking up a new souse. %tomorrow %oh, hum
Subject(s): African Americans; Alcoholics And Alcoholism


WINTER MOON       
First Line: How thin and sharp is the moon tonight!
Last Line: How thin and sharp and ghostly white %is the slim curved crook of the moon tonight!
Subject(s): African Americans


WISDOM       
First Line: I stand most humbly
Last Line: As the dreamed of skies
Subject(s): African Americans


WISDOM AND WAR       
First Line: We do not care
Last Line: Better -- %and easier -- %to kill
Subject(s): African Americans


WISE MEN       
First Line: Let me become dead eyed
Last Line: I'd be the proper person then %to teach a school
Subject(s): African Americans


WITHOUT BENEFIT OF DECLARATION       
First Line: Listen here, joe
Last Line: A guy %mama, don't cry
Subject(s): African Americans


WONDER       
First Line: Early blue evening. %lights ain't come on yet
Last Line: Looky yonder! %they come on now
Subject(s): African Americans


WOOING       
First Line: I will bring you big things
Last Line: Nor the colors of dawn-morning, %nor a flaming love
Subject(s): African Americans


WORDS LIKE FREEDOM       
First Line: There are words like freedom
Last Line: You would know why


WORKIN' MAN       
First Line: I works all day
Last Line: An' gits nothin' but trouble
Subject(s): African Americans


WORLD WAR II    Poem Text    
First Line: What a grand time was the war!
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


WORLD WAR II       
First Line: What a grand time was the war!
Last Line: Did %somebody %die?
Subject(s): African Americans


WORRIATION       
First Line: There's something disturbing
Last Line: Keep looking that way?
Subject(s): African Americans


X       
First Line: X, %of course
Last Line: X. %do you


Y       
First Line: Yaks are shaggy
Last Line: Where it's cold


YEAR ROUND       
First Line: Summertime %is warm and bright
Last Line: To bloom again
Subject(s): African Americans


YESTERDAY AND TODAY       
First Line: O, I wish that yesterday
Last Line: But, baby, I feel blue
Subject(s): African Americans


YOUNG BRIDE       
First Line: They say she died
Last Line: And rest from pain of love %in loveless sleep
Subject(s): African Americans


YOUNG GAL'S BLUES    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm gonna walk to the graveyard
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


YOUNG GAL'S BLUES       
First Line: I'm gonna walk to the graveyard
Last Line: Keep on lovin' me, daddy, %cause I don't want to be blue
Subject(s): African Americans


YOUNG NEGRO GIRL       
First Line: You are like a warm dark dusk
Last Line: Burn white with stars
Subject(s): African Americans


YOUNG PROSTITUTE       
First Line: Her dark brown face
Last Line: Those kind come cheap in harlem %so they say
Subject(s): African Americans


YOUNG SAILOR       
First Line: He carries
Subject(s): African Americans


YOUNG SAILOR       
First Line: He carries %his own strength
Last Line: And the brown land %for lahghter. %and nothing hereafter


YOUNG SINGER       
First Line: One who sings 'chansons vulgaires'
Last Line: That she is like a nymph %for some wild faun
Subject(s): African Americans


Z       
First Line: Zebra. %zebra
Last Line: Or black on white