The Book of American Negro Poetry: Chosen and Edited, with an Essay on the Negro's Creative Genius

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George Marion McClellan

DOGWOOD BLOSSOMS

To dreamy languors and the violet mist
    Of early Spring, the deep sequestered vale
Gives first her paling-blue Miamimist,
    Where blithely pours the cuckoo’s annual tale
Of Summer promises and tender green,
    Of a new life and beauty yet unseen.
The forest trees have yet a sighing mouth,
    Where dying winds of March their branches swing,
While upward from the dreamy, sunny South,
    A hand invisible leads on the Spring.

His rounds from bloom to bloom the bee begins
    With flying song, and cowslip wine he sups,
Where to the warm and passing southern winds,
    Azaleas gently swing their yellow cups.
Soon everywhere, with glory through and through,
    The fields will spread with every brilliant hue.
But high o’er all the early floral train,
    Where softness all the arching sky resumes,
The dogwood dancing to the winds’ refrain,
    In stainless glory spreads its snowy blooms.

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  • Title Page i
  • Contents iii
  • Preface vii
  • Paul Laurence Dunbar 3
  • James Edwin Campbell 17
  • James D. Corrothers 27
  • Daniel Webster Davis 39
  • William H. a. Moore 43
  • W. E. Burghardt Du Bois 49
  • George Marion McClellan 55
  • William Stanley Braithwaite 59
  • George Reginald Margetson 69
  • James Weldon Johnson 73
  • John Wesley Holloway 93
  • Leslie Pinckney Hill 101
  • Edward Smyth Jones 107
  • Ray G. Dandridge 109
  • Fenton Johnson 117
  • R. Nathaniel Dett 125
  • Georgia Douglas Johnson 127
  • Claude McKay 133
  • Joseph S. Cotter, Jr 151
  • Roscoe C. Jamison 159
  • Jessie Fauset 161
  • Anne Spencer 167
  • Alex Rogers 175
  • Waverley Turner Carmichael 181
  • Alice Dunbar-Nelson 183
  • Charles Bertram Johnson 185
  • Otto Leland Bohanan 189
  • Theodore Henry Shackelford 191
  • Lucian B. Watkins 193
  • Benjamin Brawley 197
  • Joshua Henry Jones, Jr 201
  • Appendix 203
  • Appendix 205
  • Biographical Index of Authors 209
  • Index of Titles 215
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