James Emanuel

(1921-2013 / Alliance, Nebraska)

James Emanuel
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James A. Emanuel was born in Alliance, Nebraska. After a series of jobs in his late teens, he served during World War II, partly as secretary to the Army’s first black general, General Benjamin O. Davis Sr. After the war, Emanuel earned his BA from Howard University, his MA from Northwestern, and his PhD in English and comparative literature from Columbia. Emanuel began teaching at City College, CUNY while completing his doctorate; he taught at the institution from 1957 until his retirement in 1983. Though often described as “neglected,” Emanuel was one of the driving forces behind opening the English college curricula to African American literature. His groundbreaking study Langston Hughes ... more »

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  • Yacov Mitchenko (12/5/2009 9:04:00 AM)

    Emanuel is a very fine poet - the equal of Eliot and Frost. But his better works are not included here: 'For a Farmer', 'Sonnet To A Writer', 'Daniel is Six', and 'To Kill A Morning Spider'. I strongly recommend these poems to readers.

  • Yacov Mitchenko (12/5/2009 8:59:00 AM)

    Emanuel is a very fine poet - the equal of Eliot and Frost. But some of his better works are not included here: 'Sonnet For a Writer', 'For a Farmer', 'Daniel is Six', and 'To Kill a Morning Spider'. I strongly recommend these poems to readers.

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«&Nbsp;I'M A Jazz Singer,&Nbsp;&Raquo; She Replied

He dug what she said:
bright jellies, smooth marmalade
spread on warm brown bread.

"Jazz" from drowsy lips
orchids lift to honeybees
floating on long sips.

"Jazz": quick fingerpops
pancake on a griddle-top
of memories.     Stop.

"Jazz": mysterious
as nutmeg, missing fingers,
gold,    Less serious.

"Jazz": cool bannister.
Don't need no stair.      Ways to climb
when the sax is there.

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