English African American Poetry study Guide

Alice-Paul Laurence Dunbar
Know, you winds that blow your course
Down the verdant valleys
That somewhere you mus, perforce
Kiss the brow of Alice

A Negro Love Song- Paul Laurence Dunbar
Seen my lady Home las’ night
Jump 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 eyes
This debt we pay to human guile
With 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 brother
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh

The Negro speaks of rivers-Langston Hughes
I bathed in the Euphrates when dawns were young
I built my hut near the Congo and it lulled me to sleep
I 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 jive
Thats the reason
I stay alive

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

Incident-Countee Cullen
Now I was eight and very small
And he was no whit bigger
And so I smiled, but he poked out
His tongue, and called me Ni**er

The weary Blues-Langston Hughes
Down on lenox avenue the other night
By the pale dull pallor of an old gas light
He did a lazy sway
He did a lazy sway

Dueau boogie-Langston Hughes
GOod morning, daddy
Ain’t you heard
The boogie-woogie rumble
of 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 Wycliffe
all whitebluerose below his golden hair
wrapped lightly in right linen and right wool

We real Cool-Gwendolyn Brooks
WE real cool
we left school
we lurk late
we strike straight

An agony. As now-Amiri Baraka
I am inside someone who hate me
I look out from his eyes
smell what fouled tunes come into his breath
Love his wretched women

Poem for HalfWhite college students-Amiri Baraka
Who are you listening to me
are you white or black
or 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 light
and if you saw my women
you could understand

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

Rap23-DJ renegade
The creators my homey
so I’m never Short
He lets me know
When to chill in the park

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