Tuesday, 21 November 2006

Harlem Renaissance man

"Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly "
LH

Harlem Renaissance Man

Passionate clear humane
Harlem renaissance product
subtle and ironic humorous and prolific
perceptive representer of black musics' emotions
through immersion in African-American culture
crying loud against racist Southern " Justice"with words as weapons

Scottsboro boys
hypocritical philanthropists
Jim Crow YMCAS"
"Coloureds not admitted" signs
no part in the 4th of July speeches

The "Weary Blues" of black mens' souls
"laughin' to keep from cryin' "

"The human soul entire,
sqeezed like a lemon or a lime drop by drop,
into atomic words" LH

Peter Burton November 2006

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