Langston Hughes Quotes

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Langston Hughes
“I've known rivers:
I've known rivers ancient as the world and older than the
flow of human blood in human veins.

My soul has grown deep like the rivers.

I bathed in the Euphrates when dawns were young.
I built my hut near the Congo and it lulled me to sleep.
I looked upon the Nile and raised the pyramids above it.
I heard the singing of the Mississippi when Abe Lincoln
went down to New Orleans, and I've seen its muddy
bosom turn all golden in the sunset.

I've known rivers:
Ancient, dusky rivers.

My soul has grown deep like the rivers.”
Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes
“How still,
How strangely still
The water is today,
It is not good
For water
To be so still that way.

~ "Sea Calm”
Langston Hughes

Jewelle L. Gómez
“if you’re going to use the word ‘dream’ in a poem, you had better be langston hughes.”
Jewelle Gomez

“When Hughes writes, in the first two lines of his poem, “Let America be America again/ Let it be the dream it used to be,” he acknowledges that America is primarily a dream, a hope, an aspiration, that may never be fully attainable, but that spurs us to be better, to be larger. He follows this with the repeated counterpoint, “America never was America to me,” and through the rest of this remarkable poem he alternates between the oppressed and the wronged of America, and the great dreams that they have for their country, that can never be extinguished.”
Harry Belafonte

jaha Knight
“I am that rose that grew from concrete, I am the ENTIRE mother to son Langston Hughes poem. And I'm still climbing...”
Jaha Knight

Terrance Hayes
“The man was high yellow
In public, afraid of himself, pretending his music
Was material when in fact, it was the opposite:
Like a breath that comes so quickly you know
You’re breathing ether: either atmospheric
And anonymous as the air against a window,
Or indefinite & mute as a curtain of wind.”
Terrance Hayes, American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin