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Naomi Long Madgett

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Naomi Long Madgett (born July 5, 1923) is an African-American poet, born Naomi Cornelia Long in Norfolk, Virginia. Madgett was a teacher and an award-winning poet, and she is also the senior editor of Lotus Press, a publisher of poetry books by black poets.

Madgett was the daughter of a Baptist minister, and spent her childhood in East Orange, New Jersey. She began writing at an early ... more »

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  • ''I will not feed your hunger with my blood
    Nor crown your nakedness
    With jewels of my elegant pain.''
    Naomi Long Madgett (b. 1923), African American poet. "The Race Question," lines 13-15 (1965). The dedication of this poem reads: "For one whose fa...
  • Curse of the orchard,
    Blemish on the land's fair countenance,
    I have grown strong for strength denied, for struggle
    In hostile woods. I keep alive by being the troublesome,
    Naomi Long Madgett (b. 1923), African American poet. "Tree of Heaven," lines 13-18 (1970). On being an African American.
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