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Jean Toomer

Jean Toomer Poems


To those fixed on white,
White is white,
To those fixed on black,
It is the same,

A Certain Man

A certain man wishes to be a prince
Of this earth; he also wants to be
A saint and master of the being-world.
Conscience cannot exist in the first:


Black reapers with the sound of steel on stones
Are sharpening scythes. I see them place the hones
In their hip-pockets as a thing that's done,
And start their silent swinging, one by one.


There is a natty kind of mind
That slicks its thoughts,
Culls its oughts,
Trims its views,

Cotton Song

Come, brother, come. Lets lift it;
come now, hewit! roll away!
Shackles fall upon the Judgment Day
But lets not wait for it.

Jean Toomer Comments

Lamont Palmer 19 February 2006

Largely obscure now, but a very fine poet in his day.

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nopee 11 January 2018


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Jean Toomer 12 February 2018

all y'all nerds aint got nothin right about my life

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Yesss 08 February 2018


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Barbara 26 April 2021

Jean is a distant 1/2 Cousin. His grandfather was my gr-gr-grandfather

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xX_69Poem_Master420_Xx 23 February 2019

he using wordbot, its like ambot but for words. reported for hacking

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Yo Mom 02 March 2018

Why video, could be text

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gaylord123 26 February 2018

jean toomer looks like hitler...

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Jean Toomer Biography

Jean Toomer was an American poet and novelist and an important figure of the Harlem Renaissance. His first book Cane is considered by many as his most significant.

Life and Career

Early Life

Toomer was born Nathan Eugene Pinchback Toomer in Washington, D.C. His father was a prosperous farmer, originally born into slavery in H ...

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