Richard Wright

Richard Wright Poems

I am nobody:
A red sinking autumn sun
Took my name away.

And one morning while in the woods I stumbled
suddenly upon the thing,
Stumbled upon it in a grassy clearing guarded by scaly

Whitecaps on the bay:
A broken signboard banging
In the April wind.

On winter mornings
The candle shows faint markings
Of the teeth of rats.

The day is so long
That even noisy sparrows
Fall strangely silent.

Make up you mind, Snail!
You are half inside your house,
And halfway out!

One magnolia
Landed upon another
In the dew-wet grass.

Richard Wright Biography

Richard Nathaniel Wright (September 4, 1908 – November 28, 1960) was an African-American author of sometimes controversial novels, short stories, poems, and non-fiction. Much of his literature concerns racial themes, especially those involving the plight of African Americans during the late 19th to mid-20th centuries. His work helped redefine discussions of race relations in the United States in the mid-20th century. Richard Wright was born on September 4, 1908 at Plantation, Roxie, Mississippi. He lived with his maternal grandmother in Jackson, Mississippi, from early 1920 until late 1925. Here he felt stifled by his aunt and grandmother, who tried to force him to pray that he might find God. He later threatened to leave home because Grandmother Wilson refused to permit him to work on Saturdays, the Adventist Sabbath. Early strife with his aunt and grandmother left him with a permanent, uncompromising hostility toward religious solutions to everyday problems. In 1923, Wright excelled in grade school and was made class valedictorian of Smith Robertson junior high school. Determined not to be called an Uncle Tom, he refused to deliver the principal's carefully prepared valedictory address that would not offend the white school officials and finally convinced the black administrators to let him add a compromised version of what he had written.[citation needed] In September that year, Wright registered for mathematics, English, and history courses at the new Lanier High School in Jackson, but had to stop attending classes after a few weeks of irregular attendance because he needed to earn money for family expenses. His childhood in Memphis and Mississippi shaped his lasting impressions of American racism. At the age of 15 years, Wright penned his first story, "The Voodoo of Hell's Half-Acre". It was published in the Southern Register, a local black newspaper.)

The Best Poem Of Richard Wright

Five Haikus


I am nobody:
A red sinking autumn sun
Took my name away.


I give permission
For this slow spring rain to soak
The violet beds.


With a twitching nose
A dog reads a telegram
On a wet tree trunk.


Burning autumn leaves,
I yearn to make the bonfire
Bigger and bigger.


A sleepless spring night:
Yearning for what I never had
And for what never was.

Richard Wright Comments

krystalrussell 04 March 2019

hi im krytal in ur a nice in great person

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lol 28 January 2021

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Rodney 26 May 2022

I have loved his poems since 1960s...

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Zakk 09 February 2021

Poplar Springs Elementary Drama Class

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