Jean Toomer

American poet and novelist

Jean Toomer (December 26, 1894March 30, 1967) was an American poet and novelist and an important figure of the Harlem Renaissance.


Poems from Cane (1923)Edit

  • And there, a field rat, startled, squealing bleeds,
    His belly close to ground. I see the blade,
    Blood-stained, continue cutting weeds and shade
    • from "Reapers"
  • O singers, resinous and soft your songs
    Above the sacred whisper of the pines,
    Give virgin lips to cornfield concubines,
    Bring dreams of Christ to dusky cane-lipped throngs.
    • from "Georgia Dusk"
  • Superstition saw
    Something it had never seen before:
    Brown eyes that loved without a trace of fear,
    Beauty so sudden for that time of year.
    • from "November Cotton Flower"
  • One seed becomes
    An everlasting song, a singing tree,
    Caroling softly souls of slavery,
    What they were, and what they are to me,
    Caroling softly souls of slavery.
    • from "Song of the Son"

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