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This assortment assembles greater than 40 speeches, lectures, and essays severe to the abolitionist campaign, that includes writing by way of William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, Lydia Maria baby, Wendell Phillips, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Ralph Waldo Emerson.

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There is no more to know. except as I lay quiet cold as a rained on sidewalk after my daughter’s father has teached me and preached me I can hear off in the nigger streets laughing and cursing and something like a cry ■ 16 To Mama too late The lady who is gone had forgot all about I love you. If I had fastened it someplace on to her midnight pillow I might be able to say goodnight and she might not be asleep. ■ 17 Dear Mama, here are the poems you never wrote here are the plants you never grew, all that i am i am for him all that i do i do for you.

Something to do with new orleans as a girl and the old men following death down rampart street. he disremembers why, only now always he comes with music and with grinning and we are glad we swing with this old great one who has something to do with life grinning at love and death. ■ 23 for prissly girl looking like a wild thing if you keep on your loving way if you don’t stop caring and fearing and noticing things and understanding things people gone call you crazy ■ 24 the last Seminole is black and rolls his own in a john bargaining with his brain for a reef of peace smoking his way across the reservations into a high and splendid land of grass nodding and smiling to hear the drums begin and all the mighty nations celebrating the endless littlebighorns in his mind ■ 25 a poem written for many moynihans ignoring me you turn into blind alleys follow them around to your boyhouse meet your mother green in her garden kiss what she holds out to you her widowed arm and this is betterness ignoring me you make a brother for you she drops him in the pattern you made when you were sonning you name her wife to keep her and this is betterness ignoring me your days slide into seasons you build a hole to fall in and send your brother running following blind alleys turning white as winter and this is betterness ■ 26 the poet is thirty two she has such knowledges as rats have, the sound of cat the smell of cheese where the holes are, she is comfortable hugging the walls she trembles over herself in the light and she will leave disaster when she can.

Wherever you go, whatever you do, flesh-colored bandage is after you. III Beware the terrible tricky three; Blondy and Beauty and Fantasy. Together they capture little girls and push them into little worlds. ”  IV Ten feet tall or giant arm, nobody has your sunshine charm. p. The house that is on fire pieces all across the sky make the moon look like a yellow man in a veil watching the troubled people running and crying Oh who gone remember now like it was, Langston gone. ■  only too high is high enough for Charlie Parker probably even Icarus, plummeting from an impossible height was proud a man beset by feathers wearing bird colors hearing bird conversations plain sharing bird ambitions flying above the possibilities pursuing with immortals the pride of wings ■ 10 the coming of x Disillusioned by bad dreams and a country bent on evening the dusky girls and brothers have noticed the prevalence of black bark bird berry and raised their feral shadows till they walk like men to the slaughterhouse.

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