Richard Wright

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Richard Nathaniel Wright (September 4, 1908 – November 28, 1960) was an African-American author of sometimes controversial novels, short stories, poems, and non-fiction. Much of his literature concerns racial themes, especially those involving the plight of African Americans during the late 19th to mid-20th centuries. His work helped redefine discussions of race relations in the United States in ... more »

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Five Haikus


I am nobody:
A red sinking autumn sun
Took my name away.


I give permission
For this slow spring rain to soak
The violet beds.


With a twitching nose
A dog reads a telegram
On a wet tree trunk.


Burning autumn leaves,
I yearn to make the bonfire
Bigger and bigger.


A sleepless spring night:
Yearning for what I never had
And for what never was.

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