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(1931 - 1991 / Mississippi)

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  • ''convicts rest
    Like lizards on rocks.''
    Etheridge Knight (1933-1991), U.S. poet. Eastern guard tower (l. 2-3). . . Treasury of American Poetry, The. Nancy Sullivan, ed. (1978) Doubleday & Company.
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  • ''Let all Black Poets die as trumpets,
    And be buried in the dust of marching feet.''
    Etheridge Knight (1933-1991), U.S. poet. For Black Poets Who Think of Suicide (l. 13-14). . . Introduction to Poetry, An. X. J. Kennedy, ed. (6th ed., 1986) Little, Brown & Company.
  • ''Black Poets should live—not leap
    From steel bridges, like the white boys do.''
    Etheridge Knight (1933-1991), U.S. poet. For Black Poets Who Think of Suicide (l. 1-2). . . Introduction to Poetry, An. X. J. Kennedy, ed. (6th ed., 1986) Little, Brown & Company.
  • ''Hard Rock was "known not to take no shit
    From nobody," and he had the scars to prove it:''
    Etheridge Knight (1933-1991), U.S. poet. Hard Rock Returns to Prison from the Hospital for the Criminal Insane (l. 1-2). . . Norton Introduction to Poetry, The. J. Paul Hunter, ed. (3d ed., 1986) W. W. Norton & Company.
  • ''The WORD was that Hard Rock wasn't a mean nigger
    Anymore, that the doctors had bored a hole in his head,
    Cut out part of his brain, and shot electricity
    Through the rest.''
    Etheridge Knight (1933-1991), U.S. poet. Hard Rock Returns to Prison from the Hospital for the Criminal Insane (l. 7-10). . . Norton Introduction to Poetry, The. J. Paul Hunter, ed. (3d ed., 1986) W. W. Norton & Company.
  • ''He sees through stone
    he has the secret
    eyes this old black one''
    Etheridge Knight (1933-1991), U.S. poet. He Sees through Stone (l. 1-3). . . Made Thing, The; an Anthology of Contemporary Southern Poetry. Leon Stokesbury, ed. (1987) The University of Arkansas Press.
  • ''Each Fall the graves of my grandfathers call me, the brown
    hills and red gullies of mississippi send out their electric
    messages, galvanizing my genes.''
    Etheridge Knight (1933-1991), U.S. poet. The Idea of Ancestry (l. 22-24). . . Norton Introduction to Poetry, The. J. Paul Hunter, ed. (3d ed., 1986) W. W. Norton & Company.
  • ''This yr there is a gray stone wall damming my stream, and when
    the falling leaves stir my genes, I pace my cell or flop on my bunk
    and stare at 47 black faces across the space. I am all of them,
    they are all of me, I am me, they are thee, and I have no sons
    to float in the space between.''
    Etheridge Knight (1933-1991), U.S. poet. The Idea of Ancestry (l. 35-39). . . Norton Introduction to Poetry, The. J. Paul Hunter, ed. (3d ed., 1986) W. W. Norton & Company.

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As You Leave Me

Shiny record albums scattered over
the living room floor, reflecting light
from the lamp, sharp reflections that hurt
my eyes as I watch you, squatting among the platters,
the beer foam making mustaches on your lips.

And, too,
the shadows on your cheeks from your long lashes
fascinate me--almost as much as the dimples

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