Al Young

Al Young Poems

1.
Aunt

She talks too loud, her face
a blur of wrinkles & sunshine
where her hard hair shivers
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2.
Birthday Poem

First light of day in Mississippi
son of laborer & of house wife
it says so on the official photostat
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3.
One West Coast

Green is the color of everything
that isn't brown, the tones ranging
like mountains, the colors changing.
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4.
The Blues Don'?T Change

"Now I'll tell you about the
Blues. All Negroes like Blues.
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Al Young (May 31, 1939, Ocean Springs, Mississippi) is an American poet, novelist, essayist, screenwriter, and professor. On May 15, 2005 he was named Poet Laureate of California by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. In appointing Young as Poet Laureate, the Governor praised him: "He is an educator and a man with a passion for the Arts. His remarkable ...

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