Beyond the Blues: New Poems by American Negroes

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JULIA FIELDS

was born in 1938 in Bessemer, Alabama. She is a farmer's daughter, one of a family of eight.

School intermingled with work at a factory, peddling vegetables, washing dishes, being a waitress and a telephone girl.

She now teaches at an Alabama high school--'the only reason why I'm in one place. I have one ambition: to be a poet.'


I HEARD A YOUNG MAN SAYING

I heard a young man saying
In the green afternoon,
In the sun-swept afternoon,
In the bees drone afternoon,
In the peaceful, splendid afternoon,

'--War--
There's talk of war
Another decade. Another war.
One grown-up generation toward war.
Somehow, I planned on living.
What was the matter with me?
War. There's talk of war.'

I, a woman, listened by the door,
By the broken-hinged door,
'I somehow planned on living.'

Something plans these things.
The echo of the innocent words
Squirmed after me down the stairs,
Something plans these things . . .

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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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