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The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes by Langston Hughes
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Mar 10, 10

Read in January, 1995

Great book. About fifteen years ago I bought this anthology and I have read it over and over. The other reviews of this book caught the experience well. It's not just about jazz or the Harlem Renaissance, it's also about the way some African Americans felt when they read about the march on Selma or the Montgomery bus boycott.

This is not the typical poetry anthology. Hughes could write poems that were all over the place in style. He was also willing to take risk, experimenting with different forms. Some of these experiments were less successful than others but that is the cost for invention.

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