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Kevin Zeinalian United States (8/8/2014 11:59:00 PM)

I am looking for a poem that was written by a blind African American poet. If I am not mistaking he was graduated from one of Chicago universities and it was in 30s or 40s. I remember the First few line and it starts with " when all the poems on the theme have been written and all the night and day dreams dreamt without prophecy and fulfillment. When hop sustain us no longer......
Although I checked Walton, or Bolton none was him. Any suggestions please?

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  • Veteran Poet - 1,693 Points Laura Burns (8/9/2014 11:50:00 AM) Post reply
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    The poem is from Walter Benton's book This Is My Beloved:

    ENTRY September 12

    When all the poems on the theme have been written
    and all the night and day dreams dreamt, without prophecy or fulfilment.
    When hope sustains us no longer—
    not being drunk or busy or therapeutically in love keeps us from remembering.

    When our new interests, our richer lives...
    require quotes to qualify their meanings, and however hard we try,
    we can exploit our grievances no further to fortify our resolutions—

    what will we do to keep madness sulking in the brain?

    When we have forgotten even why we parted, if we ever knew it at all—remembering, however, when we could sleep naked and be warm together,
    kiss, though with a cold—
    when even baby-talk
    became you...yes,
    and everything I said was sweet or funny and everything you did was beautiful.

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