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Famous Black Poets Section


Here you will find poetry written by famous people of African
American descent. The poetry here is vast in subject matters.
It speaks directly to the journey, challenges, love, triumphs,
and spirit of a people. Relax and joy your visit!

Miscellaneous Poems: Click on the Links Below

Angelina W. Grimke

Vigil
Trees
Death
At April
Tenebris
The Black Finger
A Winter Twilight
For the Candle Light
The Eyes of My Regret
When the Green Lies Over the Earth


El Beso
Fragment
To Joseph Lee
Little Grey Dreams
Hushed by the Hands Of Sleep


Dorothy Vena Johnson

Jerked to God
Ode to Justice
Crystal Shreds


Anita Scott Coleman

Wisdom
Antidote
Wash Day
Black Baby
Portraiture
Black Faces
The Colorist
Negro Laughter
Of Growing Older
On Being Taken for Granted


Gil Scott-Heron

The Klan
The Bottle
ANGEL DUST
Winter In America
JOHANNESBURG
Whitey on the Moon
GRANDMA'S HANDS
I Think I'll Call It Morning
A VERY PRECIOUS TIME
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised


Gil Scott-Heron - 2     ~ New ~

CANE
SPIRITS
BRIDGING
LADY'S SONG
IS THAT JAZZ?
THOUGHT OUT
THE NEW DEAL
PAINT IT BLACK
BLACK HISTORY
GIVE HER A CALL
TUSKEEGEE #626
PIECES OF A MAN
BILLY GREEN IS DEAD
A TOAST TO THE PEOPLE


James D. Corrothers

The Negro Singer
An Indignation Dinner
Paul Laurence Dunbar
In the Matter of Two Men
At the Closed Gate of Justice


Sonia Sanchez

Blues
Haiku
Tanka
Ballad
To Anita
Poem #3
Poem No. 8
under a soprano sky
A Love Poem Written for Sterling Brown
A Poem for My Father (96 years old on Feb. 29, 2000)


14 haiku
Sonku [what i want]
For Sister Gwen Brooks
This Is Not a Small Voice
Blues Haiku [let me be yo wil]


Yusef Komunyakaa

Lime
Facing It
Prisoners
Slamdunk
The Whistle
Blackberries
Believing In Iron
Ode To The Maggot
My Father's Love Letters
A Break From The Bush


Thanks
Jasmine
Blue Dementia
Cape Coast Castle
The Body Remembers


James Weldon Johnson

Mother Night
TO AMERICA
The Temptress
Go Down, Death
The White Witch
Prayer at Sunrise
THE BLACK MAMMY
Lift Every Voice and Sing
The Word of an Engineer
O Black and Unknown Bards


My City
Sence you went away
Deep in the Quiet Wood
Beauty That is Never Old
Down By the Carib Sea (VI: Sunset in the Tropics)


Toi Derricotte

Market
Brother
Not Forgotten
Family Secrets
The Weakness
Workshop on Racism
Black Boys Play the Classics
For Black Women Who Are Afraid
Christmas Eve: My Mother Dressing
On a Picture of the Buddhist Monk Pema Chodron


Passing
St. Peter Claver
Invisible Dreams
A Note on My Son's Face
From a Letter: About Snow


Ntozake Shange

"sorry"
i live in music
People of Watts
you are sucha fool
senses of heritage
With No Immediate Cause
resurrection of the daughter
My Father Is a Retired Magician
Bocas: A Daughter's Geography
Blood Rhythms - Blood Currents - Black N' Blue Stylin'


i. Mood Indigo
who am i thinkin of
for my dead & loved ones
[lady in red] "at 4:30 AM"
its happenin/ but you dont know abt it


Jessie Redmon Fauset

Enigma
Oblivion
Dead Fires
Words! Words!
Noblesse Oblige
La Vie C'est la Vie


Touche
Rondeau
Rencontre
Oriflamme
Rain Fugue
Stars in Alabama
"Courage!" He said
Christmas Eve In France
Lolotte, Who Attires My Hair


Natasha Trethewey

Elegy
Flounder
Pilgrimage
Providence
Letter Home
Miscegenation
History Lesson
Southern History
Domestic Work, 1937
Theories of Time and Space


Margaret Walker

Dark Blood
Molly Means
Sorrow Home
Southern Song
I Want to Write
We Have Been Believers


Lineage
Childhood
Kissie Lee
For Malcolm X
For My People
Big John Henry
Love Song for Alex, 1979
Long John Nelson And Sweetiepie
THE STRUGGLE STAGGERS US


Langston Hughes


Cross
Dreams
My People
Minstrel Man
Mother to Son
Po' Boy Blues
Dream Deferred
Dream Variations
Dinner Guest: Me
Children's Rhymes


Cultural Exchange
I, Too, Sing America
Madam and the Phone Bill


Langston Hughes - 3     ~ New ~

Aunt Sue's Stories
Lament for Dark Peoples


Sterling A. Brown

Mose
Cabaret
Old Lem
Ma Rainey
Strong Men
Southern Road
Memphis Blues
Riverbank Blues
Slim Greer in Hell
Long Track Blues


Claude McKay


Truth
Baptism
Heritage
Jasmine
Tormented
I Know My Soul
After the Winter
The Tired Worker
The Negro's Friend
The Tropics in New York


America
Wild May
To O.E.A.
Flame-Heart
Harlem Shadows
Song of the Moon
The Easter Flower
To One Coming North
Spring in New Hampshire
Alfonso, Dressing to Wait at Table


Anne Spencer


1975
Taboo
Lady, Lady
White Things
The Wife-Woman
Black Man o' Mine
Letter to My Sister
For Jim, Easter Eve
Lines to a Nasturtium
Life-Long, Poor Browning


Dunbar
He Said
Translation
Earth, I thank you
The Eyes of My Regret


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