I'm so tired of waiting,
For the world to become good
And beautiful and kind?
Let us take a knife
And cut the world in two—
And see what worms are eating
At the rind.
—Langston Hughes, "Tired"
Amiri Baraka made the case in 1986 that the writing of Langston Hughes was ripe for rediscovery and that he was tired—if I can riff on a Hughes poem—of waiting for American studies "to become good and beautiful and kind"by finally offering Hughes proper respect and appreciation. Baraka's comments came on the occasion of the republication by Thunder's Mouth Press of The Big Sea, Hughes's first autobiography, which had been out of print for decades. The republication of The Big Sea opened the door to two kinds of inquiry, readily apparent to any student of Hughes's life and work. Baraka would reiterate this same point ten years later in an interview he gave with St. Clair Bourne, published in 1997
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Publication information: Book title: Socialist Joy in the Writing of Langston Hughes. Contributors: Jonathan Scott - Author. Publisher: University of Missouri Press. Place of publication: Columbia, MO. Publication year: 2006. Page number: 219.
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