Etheridge Knight

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Etheridge Knight was an African-American poet who became a notable poet in 1968 with his debut volume, Poems from Prison.

Biography

Etheridge Knight was born on April 19, 1931 in Corinth, Mississippi. He was one of seven children in a poor family, and only completed a ninth-grade education. Spending many of his adolescent years worki ...
Popular Poems
1.
A Poem For Myself
(or Blues for a Mississippi Black Boy)

I was born in Mississippi;
I walked barefooted thru the mud.
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2.
The Idea Of Ancestry
Taped to the wall of my cell are 47 pictures: 47 black
faces: my father, mother, grandmothers (1 dead), grand-
fathers (both dead), brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts,
cousins (1st and 2nd), nieces, and nephews.They stare
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3.
As You Leave Me
Shiny record albums scattered over
the living room floor, reflecting light
from the lamp, sharp reflections that hurt
my eyes as I watch you, squatting among the platters,
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4.
He Sees Through Stone
He sees through stone
he has the secret
eyes this old black one
who under prison skies
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5.
Exchange in greed the ungraceful signs. Thrust
The thick notes between green apple breasts.
Then the shadow of the devil descends,
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Comments

long boi 26 February 2018
WHERE THE IS THE PUBLICATION DATE! ! ! ! ! !
4 2 Reply
Paul Ganz 04 May 2014
I can feel the rhythm of the deep South and the banjo blues of the wonderful lyrics.
5 9 Reply

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