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Mckay, Claude    Poet's Biography
Alternate Author Name(s): Edwards, Eli
89 poems available by this author


A MEMORY OF JUNE    Poem Text    
First Line: When june comes dancing o'er the death of may
Subject(s): Memory


ABSENCE       
First Line: Your words dropped into my heart like pebbles into a pool


AFRICA    Poem Text    
First Line: The sun sought thy dim bed and brought forth light
Last Line: Of all the mighty nations of the sun.
Subject(s): Africa


AFTER THE WINTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Some day, when trees have shed their leaves
Last Line: And ferns that never fade.
Subject(s): Nature


AMERICA    Poem Text    
First Line: Although she feeds me bread of bitterness
Last Line: Like priceless treasures sinking in the sand.
Subject(s): African Americans; Freedom; United States; Negroes; American Blacks; Liberty; America


BAPTISM    Poem Text    
First Line: Into the furnace let me go alone
Last Line: A stronger soul within a finer frame.
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


BARRIER       
First Line: I must not gaze at them although
Last Line: You're fair and I am dark


BIRDS OF PREY    Poem Text    
First Line: Their shadow dims the sunshine of our day
Subject(s): Birds


BIRDS OF PREY       
First Line: Their shadow dims the sunshine of our day
Last Line: And stuff our gory hearts into their maws


CASTAWAYS       
First Line: The vivid grass with visible delight
Last Line: I have the strength to bear by


CITIES       
First Line: Oh cities are a fever in my blood


COTCH DONKEY       
First Line: Ko how de jackass
Last Line: Wuk you wid sore back


CUDJOE FRESH FROM DE LECTURE       
First Line: Top one minute, cous' jarge, an' sit do'n 'pon de grass


DAWN IN NEW YORK    Poem Text    
First Line: The dawn! The dawn! The crimson-tinted, comes
Subject(s): Americans; United States; America


DAWN IN NEW YORK       
First Line: The dawn! The dawn! The crimson-tinted, comes
Last Line: And I go darkly-rebel to my work
Subject(s): Americans; United States


DECEMBER. 1919    Poem Text    
First Line: Last night I heard your voice, mother
Subject(s): Grief; Mothers; Sorrow; Sadness


DESOLATE       
First Line: My spirit is a pestilential city
Variant Title(s): Desolate Cit


EASTER FLOWER       
First Line: Far from this foreign easter damp and chilly


ENSLAVED    Poem Text    
First Line: Oh when I think of my long-suffering race
Last Line: To liberate my people from its yoke!
Subject(s): African Americans - History; Slavery; Black Heritage; Serfs


EXHORTATION: SUMMER, 1919       
First Line: Through the pregnant universe rumbles life's terrific thunder


FLAME-HEART    Poem Text    
First Line: So much have I forgotten in ten years
Last Line: Beneath the poinsettia's red in warm december.
Subject(s): Memory


FLIRTATION       
First Line: Upon thy purple mat thy body bare


FUTILITY    Poem Text    
First Line: Oh, I have tried to laugh the pain away
Subject(s): Love; Grief; Sorrow; Sadness


HARLEM SHADOWS    Poem Text    
First Line: I hear the halting footsteps of a lass
Last Line: In harlem wandering from street to street.
Subject(s): African Americans - Women; Harlem (new York City); Poverty; Prostitution; Harlots; Whores; Brothels


HERITAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Now the dead past seems vividly alive
Last Line: The best of me is but the least of you.


HOME THOUGHTS       
First Line: O something just now must be happening there!


HOMING SWALLOWS       
First Line: Swift swallows sailing from the spanish main
Last Line: The golden powder clustered round the seed


I KNOW MY SOUL    Poem Text    
First Line: I plucked my soul out of its secret place,
Subject(s): Soul; Self


I SHALL RETURN    Poem Text    
First Line: I shall return again; I shall return
Subject(s): Homecoming


I SHALL RETURN       
First Line: I shall return again. I shall return
Last Line: To ease my mind of long, long years of pain


IF WE MUST DIE    Poem Text    
First Line: If we must die, let it not be like hogs
Last Line: Pressed to the wall, dying, but fighting back!
Subject(s): African Americans; Courage; Death; Honor; Social Protest; World War I; Negroes; American Blacks; Valor; Bravery; Dead, The; First World War


IN BONDAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: I would be wandering in distant fields
Subject(s): Slavery; Serfs


IN BONDAGE       
First Line: I would be wandering in distant fields
Last Line: But I am bound with you in your mean graves, %o black men, simple slaves of ruthless slaves


INVOCATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Ancestral spirit, hidden from my sight
Last Line: The worthy singer of my world and race.


JASMINES       
First Line: Your scent is in the room
Last Line: Luxuriant, clustered round your cottage door!


JOY IN THE WOODS    Poem Text    
First Line: There is joy in the woods just now
Subject(s): Forests; Slavery; Woods; Serfs


KILLIN' NANNY       
First Line: Two little pickny is watchin'


LA PALOMA IN LONDON    Poem Text    
First Line: About soho we went before the light
Last Line: I loved you, cuban girl, fond sweet diory.


LIKE A STRONG TREE       
First Line: Like a strong tree that in the virgin earth
Last Line: Like a strong tree against a thousand storms


LOOK WITHIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Lord, let me not be silent while we fight
Last Line: While worm-infested, rotten through within!
Subject(s): Fascism & Fascists; Racism; United States; World War Ii; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry; America; Second World War


MULATTO    Poem Text    
First Line: Because I am the white man's son - his own
Last Line: To gain the utmost freedom that is life.
Subject(s): Mulattos; Racism; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry


MY HOUSE       
First Line: For this peculiar tint that paints my house


MY MOTHER (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: The dawn departs, the morning is begun
Last Line: Beneath its breast my mother lies asleep.
Subject(s): Mothers


MY MOTHER (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: Reg wished me to go with him to the field
Subject(s): Jamaica, West Indies; Mothers


MY MOTHER (2)       
First Line: Reg wished me to go with him to the field
Last Line: Could weep just once again
Subject(s): Jamaica, West Indies; Mothers


NEGRO SPIRITUAL       
First Line: They've taken thee out of the simple soil
Last Line: Drowning thy beauty in orchestral thunders


ON A PRIMITIVE CANOE    Poem Text    
First Line: Here, passing lonely down this quiet lane


ON BROADWAY    Poem Text    
First Line: About me young careless feet
Subject(s): Broadway, New York City


ON BROADWAY       
First Line: About me young and careless feet
Last Line: My heart, my heart, is lonely


ON THE ROAD    Poem Text    
First Line: Roar of the rushing train fearfully rocking,
Subject(s): Railroads; Railways; Trains


ONE YEAR AFTER: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: Not once in all our days of poignant love
Subject(s): Race Awareness; Love - Loss Of


ONE YEAR AFTER: 2    Poem Text    
First Line: Adventure-seasoned and storm-buffeted
Subject(s): Love - Loss Of


OUTCAST    Poem Text    
First Line: For the dim regions whence my fathers came
Last Line: Under the white man's menace, out of time.
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


PAGAN ISMS       
First Line: Around me roar and crash the pagan isms
Last Line: Can violate or circumvent his plan


POETRY    Poem Text    
First Line: Sometimes I tremble like a storm-swept flower
Subject(s): Fear' Poetry & Poets


POETRY       
First Line: Sometimes I tremble like a storm-swept flower
Last Line: Will perish on the altar-stone of art


ROMANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: To clasp you now and feel your head close-pressed
Subject(s): Love


RUSSIAN CATHEDRAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Bow down my soul in worship very low
Subject(s): Worship


SONG OF THE MOON    Poem Text    
First Line: The moonlight breaks upon the city's domes
Last Line: To drink your wine mixed with sweet drafts of dews.
Subject(s): Moon


SPRING IN NEW HAMPSHIRE    Poem Text    
First Line: Too green the springing april grass
Last Line: Wearied, exhausted, dully sleeping.


ST. ISAAC'S CHURCH, PETROGRAD    Poem Text    
First Line: Bow down my soul in worship very low
Last Line: Of man's divinity alive in stone.
Variant Title(s): Russian Cathedral
Subject(s): Churches; Saint Petersburg, Russia; Cathedrals; Leningrad; Petrograd


SUBWAY WIND    Poem Text    
First Line: Far down, down through the city's great, gaunt gut
Last Line: And the trades float above them fresh and free.
Subject(s): Subways


SUBWAY WIND       
First Line: Far down, down


THE BARRIER    Poem Text    
First Line: I must not gaze at them although
Subject(s): Race Awareness; Love - Loss Of


THE CASTAWAYS    Poem Text    
First Line: The vivid grass with visible delight
Subject(s): Nature; Homeless


THE CITY'S LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: For one brief golden moment rare like wine
Subject(s): City & Town Life


THE HARLEM DANCER    Poem Text    
First Line: Applauding youths laughed with young prostitutes
Last Line: I knew her self was not in that strange place.
Subject(s): Dancing & Dancers; Harlem (new York City)


THE LITTLE PEOPLES    Poem Text    
First Line: The little peoples of the troubled earth
Last Line: The white world's burden must forever bear!
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


THE LYNCHING    Poem Text    
First Line: His spirit in smoke ascended to high heaven
Last Line: Danced round the dreadful thing in fiendish glee.
Subject(s): Lynching


THE NEGRO DANCERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Lit with cheap colored lights a basement den
Last Line: All other things, however great, come after.
Subject(s): Dancing & Dancers


THE NEGRO'S TRAGEDY    Poem Text    
First Line: It is the negro's tragedy I feel
Last Line: The negro laughs and prays to god for light!
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


THE NIGHT FIRE    Poem Text    
First Line: No engines shrieking rescue storm the night
Subject(s): Fire


THE SNOW FAIRY    Poem Text    
First Line: Throughout the afternoon I watched them there,
Subject(s): Snow


THE TIRED WORKER    Poem Text    
First Line: O whisper, o my soul! The afternoon
Subject(s): City & Town Life


THE TROPICS IN NEW YORK    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Bananas ripe and green, and ginger root
Last Line: I turned aside and bowed my head and wept.
Subject(s): Fruit; Nature; New York City; Manhattan; New York, New York; The Big Apple


THE WHITE CITY    Poem Text    
First Line: I will not toy with it nor bend an inch
Last Line: Are sweet like wanton loves because I hate.
Subject(s): African Americans; Hate; Men; Racism; Negroes; American Blacks; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry


THE WHITE HOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Your door is shut against my tightened face
Last Line: Against the potent poison of your hate.
Subject(s): African Americans; Hate; Negroes; American Blacks


THIRST    Poem Text    
First Line: My spirit wails for water, water now!
Subject(s): Thirst


THROUGH AGONY: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: All night, through the eternity of night,
Subject(s): Love - Complaints; Grief; Sorrow; Sadness


THROUGH AGONY: 2    Poem Text    
First Line: I do not fear to face the fact and say
Subject(s): Love - Loss Of; Grief; Sorrow; Sadness


TIGER    Poem Text    
First Line: The white man is a tiger at my throat
Last Line: The tiger in his strength his thirst must slake!
Subject(s): Racism; United States; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry; America


TO O.A.E.    Poem Text    
First Line: Your voice is the color of a robin's breast
Subject(s): Voices; Love


TO O.E.A.    Poem Text    
First Line: Your voice is the color of a robin's breast
Last Line: Forever, life-long.


TO THE WHITE FIENDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Think you I am not fiend and savage too?
Last Line: To show thy little lamp: go forth, go forth!
Subject(s): African Americans; Racism; Negroes; American Blacks; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry


TO WINTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Stay, season of calm love and soulful snows!
Subject(s): Winter


TRUTH       
First Line: Lord, shall I find it in thy holy church
Last Line: Upon my knees, oh lord, for truth I plead


WILD GOAT       
First Line: O you would clothe me in silken frocks


WILD MAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Aleta mentions in her tender letters
Subject(s): Family Life; Relatives


WILD MAY       
First Line: Aleta mentions in her tender letters