Beyond the Blues: New Poems by American Negroes

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OLIVER LAGRONE

is a native of McAlester, Oklahoma, the fourth of a family of eight children of the Reverend William Lee and Lula Evelyn LaGrone. He attended Howard University in Washington, D.C., in 1929 and left in 1930 to look after the family when his father died. He finished his studies as a scholarship student at the University of New Mexico ( 1934-38).

LaGrone's professional life is a clear reflection of the social struggle of many artists, and especially artists who happen to be Negroes. Moreover, his problems are enhanced by his dual personality as a sculptor and poet.

He has been a cotton farmer, a singing waiter and a director of a 'Funeral Home,' International Representative for United Auto Workers, Head of the Film Division in visual education programme, salesman, labour representative and teacher of arts and crafts. He is now a freelance poet, sculptor and art teacher.


OF BREAD AND WINE

She came pale hands,
Fair blushes like spring dawn
To bring a sheaf for
Stone-crushed bread . . .
He brought dark fiery
Wines to sip,
To stir the pulse
When toasts were said.

Her gift, unleavened
In rigid mould,
She held aloft for
Noontide's light,
Nor bent in leave
At cooling eve,
To touch those fires
That warm the night.

His climbing vine
Bore laden springs
Out of the earth's
Dark heart,

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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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