Sterling Allen Brown
Sterling Allen Brown Poems
- Riverbank Blues A man git his feet set in a sticky ...
- Old Lem I talked to old Lem and old Lem said: "They weigh ...
- Slim Greer In Hell Slim Greer went to heaven; St. Peter ...
- Southern Road Swing dat hammer--hunh-- Steady, bo'; Swing ...
- Southern Cop Let us forgive Ty Kendricks. The place was ...
- Ma Rainey When Ma Rainey Comes to town, Folks from ...
Sterling Allen Brown (May 1, 1901 – January 13, 1989) was an African-American professor, author of works on folklore, poet and literary critic. He studied chiefly black culture of the Southern United States and was a full professor at Howard University for most of his career. He also had visiting professor stints at several other institutions, including Vassar College, New York University (NYU), ... more »
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A man git his feet set in a sticky mudbank,
A man git dis yellow water in his blood,
No need for hopin', no need for doin',
Muddy streams keep him fixed for good.
Little Muddy, Big Muddy, Moreau and Osage,
Little Mary's, Big Mary's, Cedar Creek,
Flood deir muddy water roundabout a man's roots,
Keep him soaked and stranded and git him weak.
Lazy sun shinin' on a little cabin,
Lazy moon glistenin' over river trees;
Ole river whisperin', lappin' 'gainst de long roots:
"Plenty of rest and peace in these . . ."
Big mules, black loam, apple ...