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Jamaican-American poet Claude McKay (1889–1948) came to the U.S. in 1912 and became an important figure in the Harlem Renaissance. This inexpensive edition includes a representative sample of his Jamaican dialect verse, but concentrates on poems from Harlem Shadows (1922) and uncollected verse. Edited and with an introduction by Joan R. Sherman.
Paperback, 80 pages
Published June 30th 1999 by Dover Publications (first published April 1969)
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Asma Fedosia
Claude McKay, according to information in this book, is a lyricist extraordinaire among poets, that probably being due to his sensitivity and sentimentality to his surroundings. Despite his physical and mental adventurousness, McKay had a tender, easily wounded heart, needing "courage" to make the necessary human connections to enjoy "love and life". He was considerably imaginative, imagining away urban ugliness, remembering "unforgettable" love of a person or a place, and finding poetic irony i...more
Jeremy Hicks
A fiery and often moving collection of poems from my favorite poet, Harlem Renaissance writer Claude McKay. He's lesser known than his contemporaries but no less talented. Check him out. He's the man Churchill quoted when he wanted to inspire the British populace during the dark days of WW2.
Matt Seiple
"If We Must Die" remains one of my favorite poems - if this book were just that poem, it would receive 5 stars. Since I can't really speak for the others (haven't given them nearly as many readings), I'll mark it down to 3...
impressive poetry from the Harlem Renaissance. The style seems quite distinctive. I'm no scholar of poetry, however.
I'm blown away by McKay's bio -- and these poems are adored by me as much as he is.
Dayna Smith
A fantastic selection of poetry from this classic African American poet.
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Became an American Citizen in 1940. Died in Chicago, Illinois.

Borned in Jamaica, he moved to the USA in 1912, where he became a pivotal figure of the Harlem Renaissance.
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