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#1 Alpha_Blue

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Posted 07 November 2005 - 02:57 AM

Feel free to post poems that you like and discuss the poems others like as well, or comment on them!
Don't forget to cite the poet's name!

One of my favorites is Theme for English B:

Theme for English B

The instructor said,

Go home and write
a page tonight.
And let that page come out of you--
Then, it will be true.


I wonder if it's that simple?
I am twenty-two, colored, born in Winston-Salem.
I went to school there, then Durham, then here
to this college on the hill above Harlem.
I am the only colored student in my class.
The steps from the hill lead down into Harlem
through a park, then I cross St. Nicholas,
Eighth Avenue, Seventh, and I come to the Y,
the Harlem Branch Y, where I take the elevator
up to my room, sit down, and write this page:
It's not easy to know what is true for you or me
at twenty-two, my age. But I guess I'm what
I feel and see and hear, Harlem, I hear you:
hear you, hear me---we two---you, me, talk on this page.
(I hear New York too.) Me---who?
Well, I like to eat, sleep, drink, and be in love.
I like to work, read, learn, and understand life.
I like a pipe for a Christmas present,
or records---Bessie, bop, or Bach.
I guess being colored doesn't make me NOT like
the same things other folks like who are other races.
So will my page be colored that I write?
Being me, it will not be white.
But it will be
a part of you, instructor.
You are white---
yet a part of me, as I am a part of you.
That's American.
Sometimes perhaps you don't want to be a part of me.
Nor do I often want to be a part of you.
But we are, that's true!
As I learn from you,
I guess you learn from me---
although you're older---and white---
and somewhat more free.

This is my page for English B.

Poem by Langston Hughes

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#2 Alpha_Blue

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Posted 08 November 2005 - 12:34 AM

Nobody else likes poetry I see...ah well.

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Posted 08 November 2005 - 02:44 AM

Ah, Alpha, I do, but just don't write it anymore. And don't seek it out to read. But when I happen across something that I like I usually save it. And yours above was intriguing. I liked it very much!
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Posted 03 January 2006 - 06:23 AM

"The heart can think of no devotion
Greater than being shore to the ocean.
Holding the curve of one position,
Counting an endless repetition."

-Robert Frost
"If it doesn't make sense... It's probably true."

- Arlo Guthrie




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