Sunday, April 05, 2009

April 7 - National Poetry Month - Langston Hughes

I, Too, Sing America

I, too, sing America

I am the darker brother.

They send me to eat in the kitchen

When company comes,

But I laugh,

And eat well,

And grow strong.


I'll be at the table

When company comes.

Nobody'll dare

Say to me,

"Eat in the kitchen,"



They'll see how beautiful I am

And be ashamed--

I, too am America.

Langston Hughes -- born February 1, 1902, in Joplin, Missouri -- is usually considered the dean of African American poets.

A list of links to his poems
Brief Bio, links, readings

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Blogger Gayle said...

This is such a beautiful series...most of them I knew about but not all. Still, I don't take the time to read poetry but now I am everyday. Thank you!

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