Beyond the Blues: New Poems by American Negroes

By Rosey E. Pool | Go to book overview

'I am the third child in a family of four, born March 1924, the son of a Negro automobile mechanic who "came North" during the great migration of American Negro people during World War I era. Here in the North my father married a Philadelphia Negro and with her wrested a way of life that--to put it in my mother's way of saying--"is vertical to the earth and the sun".

'There has been but one central concern in my life, from my first awareness of the song within myself--when I was twelve: how to enter with creative power into the mainstream of the world of man.

'After slow, hard years of preparation out of that search has come my company: Benin Inc. whose purpose is: to promote and to produce works of man's creative spirit as that spirit is expressed in the Arts and the Sciences of Peace. The company is preparing for presentation on Broadway in 1962:

'THE NATIONAL CAMP MEETING, a Jubilation of the American Negro Public (debut scheduled for February 1962):

' THE WOMAN OF ZOR, an original Dance Drama by Pearl Primus (planned for autumn 1962).'

from the cycle:


'Transcendence--'
CIRCLES IN SAND

I do not want to turn away
from the evening call and the
earth's side
the warming caress of the moment sped
but
the Spring is blood this year
and the budding leaves
stab mercilessly in my heart.

Someday: I shall die.
Someday I shall not awaken to see this light.
I shall not arise to feel within me response to these
anthems from living things.

-35-

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  • Title Page 1
  • Contents 5
  • Introduction 11
  • Julian Bond 35
  • Gwendolyn Brooks 51
  • Linda Brown 54
  • Sterling A. Brown 56
  • Ray Durem 103
  • Mari Evans 105
  • Julia Fields 107
  • Carl Gardner 109
  • Bobb Hamilton 110
  • Ted Joans 131
  • Percy Johnston 133
  • Leroi Jones 135
  • Oliver Lagrone 138
  • Audre Lord 140
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