Mr. Africa Poetry Lounge!
Being a Negro Woman is the world's most exciting
game of "Taboo": By hell there is nothing you can
do that you want to do and by heaven you are
going to do it anyhow -
We do not climb into the jim crow galleries
of scenario houses we stay away and read
I read garden and seed catalogs, Browning,
Housman, Whitman, Saturday Evening Post
detective tales, Atlantic Monthly, American
Mercury, Crisis, Opportunity, Vanity Fair,
Hibberts Journal, oh, anything.
I can cook delicious things to eat. . .
we have a lovely home-one that
money did not buy-it was born and evolved
slowly out of our passionate, poverty-
stricken agony to own our own home.
Written by Anne Spencer (1882-1976)
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