English African American Poetry study Guide

Alice-Paul Laurence Dunbar
Know, you winds that blow your courseDown the verdant valleysThat somewhere you mus, perforceKiss the brow of Alice

A Negro Love Song- Paul Laurence Dunbar
Seen my lady Home las’ nightJump back honey Jump back

We wear the mask-Paul Laurence Dunbar
We wear the mask that grins and lies,it hides our cheeks and shades our eyesThis debt we pay to human guileWith torn and bleeding hearts we smile

Sympathy-Paul Laurence Dunbar
I know what the caged bird feels alas!

I too-Langston Hughes
I am the darker brotherThey send me to eat in the kitchenWhen company comes,But I laugh

The Negro speaks of rivers-Langston Hughes
I bathed in the Euphrates when dawns were youngI built my hut near the Congo and it lulled me to sleepI looked upon the Nile and raised pyramids above it

Homesick Blues-Langston Hughes
De railroad Bridges A sad song in the air De railroad Bridges A sad song in the air

Motto-Langston Hughes
I play it cool And dig all jiveThats the reasonI stay alive

Yet do I marvel-Countee Cullen
I doubt not God is good, well meaning, kindAnd did he stoop to quibble could tell whyThe little buried mole continues blind

Incident-Countee Cullen
Now I was eight and very smallAnd he was no whit biggerAnd so I smiled, but he poked outHis tongue, and called me Ni**er

The weary Blues-Langston Hughes
Down on lenox avenue the other nightBy the pale dull pallor of an old gas lightHe did a lazy swayHe did a lazy sway

Dueau boogie-Langston Hughes
GOod morning, daddyAin’t you heard The boogie-woogie rumbleof a dream deferred

For my people-Margaret Walker
For my people everywhere singing their slave songs repeatedly

Riot-Gwendolyn Brooks
John Cabot out of Wilma once a Wycliffeall whitebluerose below his golden hairwrapped lightly in right linen and right wool

We real Cool-Gwendolyn Brooks
WE real coolwe left schoolwe lurk latewe strike straight

An agony. As now-Amiri Baraka
I am inside someone who hate meI look out from his eyessmell what fouled tunes come into his breathLove his wretched women

Poem for HalfWhite college students-Amiri Baraka
Who are you listening to me are you white or blackor does that have anything to do with it

Blink your eyes-Sekou Sundiata
I was on my way to see my women but the law said i was on my way thru a red light red light red lightand if you saw my womenyou could understand

El Magnifico-DJ renegade
A glove left in the grass at the little league fieldis all i knew of loss

Rap23-DJ renegade
The creators my homey so I’m never ShortHe lets me knowWhen to chill in the park

The identity repair man-Thomas Sayers Ellis
SlaveAmerica is whereI became an animal.America is where i became a ni**er