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
- A Seaman's Confession Of Faith
- The Remedy
- The Doldrums (A Still-Life Picture)
- A Poet's Room (Greenwich Village 1912)
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- A Shining Ship
- Clipper Days (a song from Snug Harbor)
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- At Sea I Learned The Weather
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