Harry Hibbard Kemp was an American poet and prose writer of the twentieth century. He was known as (and promoted himself as) "the "Vagabond Poet, the Villon of America, the Hobo Poet, or the Tramp Poet," and was a well-known popular literary figure of his era, the "hero of adolescent Americans."
Life and Work
Kemp was born in Youngstown, Ohio, the only son of a candymaker. He was raised by his grandmother, in a house by the local train yards. At the age of seventeen he left home to become a common seaman; after returning to the United States he traveled across the country by riding the rails as a hobo. He later attended the University of Kansas, and while a ... more »
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- A Sailor's Life
- The Remedy
- A Seaman's Confession Of Faith
- A Poet's Room (Greenwich Village 1912)
- The Doldrums (A Still-Life Picture)
- Seaside Talkers (Provincetown Summer of ...
- Clipper Days (a song from Snug Harbor)
- At Sea I Learned The Weather
- Said The Captain To Me
- Good-Bye! (a chantey to be sung at the c...
- Going Down In Ships
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