Helene Johnson

(1906 - 1995)

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Helen Johnson, who was better known as Helene Johnson (July 7, 1906 – July 6, 1995) was an African American poet during the Harlem Renaissance. She was also a cousin of author Dorothy West.

She spent her early years at her grandfather’s house in Boston. The rest of her formative years were spent in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Johnson's literary career began when she won first ... more »

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The Sandman

He catches dust o' dreams to carry in his sack,
The dust a falling star leaves shining in its track,
He walks the milky-way, then down the dark-staired skies,
His tinkling footsteps hush the world with lullabies.
And when he reaches you, his fragrant gentle hands
Fill deep your drowsy eyes with fairy golden sands.

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