Jean Toomer

(26 December 1894 – 30 March 1967 / Washington D.C.)

A Portrait In Georgia - Poem by Jean Toomer

Hair-braided chestnut,
coiled like a lyncher's rope,
Eyes-fagots,
Lips-old scars, or the first red blisters,
Breath-the last sweet scent of cane,
And her slim body, white as the ash
of black flesh after flame.


Comments about A Portrait In Georgia by Jean Toomer

  • (3/16/2018 9:40:00 AM)


    Temptation, Beauty Death coil in an organ of a final shudder. (Report) Reply

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  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (1/14/2016 1:30:00 PM)


    Hair-braided chestnut,
    coiled like a lyncher's rope,
    Eyes-fagots,
    Lips-old scars, or the first red blisters,
    Breath-the last sweet scent of cane,
    And her slim body, white as the ash
    of black flesh after flame.
    (Report) Reply

  • (12/5/2014 7:22:00 PM)


    Bizarre and incomprehensible. (Report) Reply

  • Kim Barney (12/5/2014 7:48:00 AM)


    This poem deserves to be poem of the day because
    ... uh, because
    ... I give up. Why?
    (Report) Reply

  • Aftab Alam Khursheed (12/5/2014 1:58:00 AM)


    a lovely nice portrait..thanks for share (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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