Friday, April 10, 2009

Four Short Poems by Langston Hughes


Final Curve

When you turn the corner
And you run into yourself
Then you know that you have turned
All the corners that are left.


Homecoming

I went back in the alley
And I opened up my door.
All her clothes was gone:
She wasn’t home no more.

I pulled back the covers,
I made down the bed.
A whole lot of room
Was the only thing I had.


One

Lonely
As the wind
On the Lincoln
Prairies.

Lonely
As a bottle of licker
On a table
All by itself.


Suicide’s Note

The calm,
Cool face of the river
Asked me for a kiss.


From Selected Poems of Langston Hughes. Drawings by E. McKnight Kauffer. Alfred A Knopf. Published March 23, 1959. Reprinted sixteen times. Eighteenth Printing, September 1989. Hardcover. 297 pages. $1.50


Publisher’s Note

This book contains a selection of the poems of Langston Hughes chosen by himself from his earlier volumes:
The Weary Blues; Fine Clothes to the Jew; Shakespeare in Harlem; Fields of Wonder; One-way Ticket; Montage of a Dream Deferred, and from the privately printed limited edition Dear Lovely Death, together with a number of new poems published here for the first time in book form, some never before anywhere. The drawings by
E. McKnight Kauffer previously appeared in
Shakespeare in Harlem.


Updates:
In the Forum: “a place of cruelty & surprising tenderness.”

Journal entry for April 9 added to Volume 23 of Songs and Letters.

2 comments:

baj salchert said...

2009-04-10 bajs
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Ah, that Langston Hughes!

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2009-04-10 bajs

don't be emily said...

I must say, the Suicide's Note is beautiful....coming from someone who has never had any inclination whatsoever in that direction, I do still know what he is talking about.

lol. adorists.