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  • Sunny Albright (5/18/2005 7:30:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    Hello poemhunters! I hear there are some good discussions happening over here so I decided to peek in and introduce myself. I've really just recently discovered that I enjoy reading and writing poetry, and I am very interested in broadening my knowledge of this craft. I look forward to participating in this forum!

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    • Ikazoboh Austine Jeffrey (12/10/2005 9:23:00 AM) Post reply

      welcome sunny, you are in the right place and you will soon get to meet great minds like micheal sherpherd and max.

  • Michael Shepherd (5/12/2005 1:14:00 PM) Post reply

    JC, your good news would be perfectly placed as 'poetry news' on the other, poetics page.

  • Michael Shepherd (5/6/2005 12:33:00 PM) Post reply

    Thanks for that and the original, PH. It's always stood out in her work - even just her singing of those two words...

  • Poetry Hound (5/6/2005 9:42:00 AM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    Regarding African-American poetry, I've always been quite moved by 'Strange Fruit, ' recorded by Billie Holiday in 1939. Okay, technically it's a lyric, not a poem. But it has the same power as a good poem, enhanced by Billie Holiday's voice. Anyway, I went looking for some background on the song, and this is really interesting. Although it was recently honored at a celebration of music by black composers at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and although Khallil Abdul Muhammad, Louis Farrakhan's notoriously anti-Semitic disciple, has quoted it in speeches assailing American racism, both Muhammad and the Virginia museum were unaware, apparently, that the song was written by a white Jewish schoolteacher from New York City - Abel Meeropol, who wrote under the pen name 'Lewis Allan.'

    Strange Fruit

    Southern trees bear a strange fruit,
    Blood on the leaves and blood at the root,
    Black body swinging in the Southern breeze,
    Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.
    Pastoral scene of the gallant South,
    The bulging eyes and the twisted mouth,
    Scent of magnolia sweet and fresh,
    And the sudden smell of burning flesh!
    Here is a fruit for the crows to pluck,
    For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck,
    For the sun to rot, for a tree to drop,
    Here is a strange and bitter crop.

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    • Joseph Daly (11/11/2005 1:07:00 PM) Post reply

      I'm glad that you made the point about Abel Meeropol being a white Jew, if memory serves me right, he was also a member of the Communist Party. I do remember coming across the poem many years ago a ... more

  • Michael Shepherd (5/4/2005 4:33:00 PM) Post reply

    Thanks, Jefferson, yes, I found the poemhunter ones. The Academy is always my first turn up - for their portraits if nothing else - but they're really stingy on some poets. You'd think it was in publishers' interests to allow more than one poem on such a site. I much enjoy Hoagland.

  • Beste Alpay (5/4/2005 5:27:00 AM) Post reply

    SORRY, i havent been able to message for a long time, thanks to everyone for your help with the dickinson poem :)

  • Michael Shepherd (5/2/2005 7:20:00 AM) Post reply | Read 2 replies

    It would be really good if those of you-all who have a poetic hero or heroes totally unrepresented on this site, were to put up at least one each of their poems? Lamont? Jefferson? PH? Anyone?
    (Though I have noticed that there are often misspellings/mistypings in those put up in this way)

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    • Michael Shepherd (5/3/2005 3:36:00 PM) Post reply

      Sorry, I don't think it's likely (though it has evidently happened...) : if you click the Help button, you'll find PHer's comments on this. Maybe the odd one on the forum?

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  • Poetry Hound (5/1/2005 6:29:00 PM) Post reply

    I also like Quincy Troupe, but he has nothing on this site. Shame.

  • Michael Shepherd (5/1/2005 3:22:00 PM) Post reply

    For Walcott on this site, Blues, Codicil, Love After Love, Sunday in W.I. and the patois Tobago tell you much about the man, then there are the more substantial poems.

  • Michael Shepherd (5/1/2005 6:29:00 AM) Post reply

    I think there's one AfAm that guess who Dan Schneider thinks is 'better' than some other one...

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