Harry Kemp (15 December 1883 – 8 August 1960 / Youngstown, Ohio)
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 Poet's Room (Greenwich Village 1912)
- A Sailor's Life
- A Seaman's Confession Of Faith
- A Shining Ship
- A Whaler's Confession
- A Wheat-Field Fantasy
- At Sea I Learned The Weather
- Clipper Days (a song from Snug Harbor)
- Fo'c'sle Comradeship
- Going Down In Ships
- Good-Bye! (a chantey to be sung at the c...