Dudley Randall

(January 14, 1914 - August 5, 2000 / Washington D.C)

Poems of Dudley Randall

1. A Poet Is Not a Jukebox 4/7/2010
2. Ballad Of Birmingham 4/7/2010
3. Booker T. and W.E.B. 4/7/2010
4. Green Apples 4/7/2010
5. Langston Blues 4/7/2010
6. Luzon 4/7/2010
7. On Getting A Natural (For Gewndolyn Brooks) 4/7/2010
8. Rabaul 4/7/2010
9. The Profile on the Pillow 4/7/2010

A Poet Is Not a Jukebox

A poet is not a jukebox, so don’t tell me what to write.
I read a dear friend a poem about love, and she said,
“You’re in to that bag now, for whatever it’s worth,
But why don’t you write about the riot in Miami?”

I didn’t write about Miami because I didn’t know about Miami.
I’ve been so busy working for the Census, and listening to music all night,
and making new poems
That I’ve broken my habit of watching TV and reading newspapers.

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