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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Poetry Friday--April Is...


April is National Poetry Month! It is also Jazz Appreciation Month! So let's celebrate both with this poem by Langston Hughes:
Jazzonia

Oh, silver tree!
Oh, shining rivers of the soul!

In a Harlem cabaret
Six long-headed jazzers play.
A dancing girl whose eyes are bold
Lifts high a dress of silken gold.

Oh, singing tree!
Oh, shining rivers of the soul!

Were Eve's eyes
In the first garden
Just a bit too bold?
Was Cleopatra gorgeous
In a gown of gold?

Oh, shining tree!
Oh, silver rivers of the soul!

In a whirling cabaret
Six long-headed jazzers play.

Found in The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes [811 HUG].

Amy at The Poem Farm will be hosting this first Round-Up for Poetry Month 2016.

"The Jazz Singer" by Charles Demuth (1916), courtesy The Athenaeum.

8 comments:

  1. I now think about the jazzers at work...I wonder how they sound...I wonder how the dancer moves.

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    1. The painting is from 1916 and the poem from the 1920s, this might be what the jazz of the time sounded like: www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqEIEDEBnfg.

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  2. Diane, it is a beautiful poem with rhythm that you have shared. I can imagine the glory days of jazz in Harlem through this poem. Happy Poetry Month.

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    1. Happy Poetry Month to you, too!

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  3. Such mystery and hip swing to this.

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  4. Thank you for introducing me to this poem by Langston Hughes. I was just thinking about him and a story yesterday, and it was a treat to find this. Happy Poetry Month! xo

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