Robert Hayden

(4 August 1913 – 25 February 1980 / Detroit)

Robert Hayden Poems

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1. Mourning Poem For The Queen Of Sunday 4/6/2010
2. Full Moon 1/3/2003
3. O Daedalus, Fly Away Home 1/3/2003
4. The Ballad Of Nat Turner 4/6/2010
5. Frederick Douglass 1/3/2003
6. Perseus 1/20/2003
7. Soledad 1/3/2003
8. Witch Doctor 4/6/2010
9. Monet's Waterlilies 1/3/2003
10. The Prisoners 1/3/2003
11. Runagate Runagate 1/3/2003
12. El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X) 1/20/2003
13. The Whipping 1/3/2003
14. Those Winter Sundays 1/3/2003
15. Middle Passage 1/3/2003
Best Poem of Robert Hayden

Middle Passage


Jesús, Estrella, Esperanza, Mercy:

Sails flashing to the wind like weapons,
sharks following the moans the fever and the dying;
horror the corposant and compass rose.

Middle Passage:
voyage through death
to life upon these shores.

"10 April 1800--
Blacks rebellious. Crew uneasy. Our linguist says
their moaning is a prayer for death,
our and their own. Some try to starve themselves.
Lost three this morning leaped with crazy laughter
to the waiting sharks, sang as they went under."

Desire, Adventure, Tartar, Ann: ...

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