Richard Wright

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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 ... more »

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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.

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