I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to be introduced to Langston Hughes’ work or to re-visit some of your Hughes’ favorites.
It’s such a delight to read his blues-influenced lyrical cadence and his questioning of black respectability politics. His work observed and spoke to race relations in the early 20th century, which are eerily, still relevant today.
The other cool thing about this book is it just isn’t his poetry, we also get a taste of his short stories.
Some of my my favorite poems are….
- “My People”
- “Let America Be America Again”
- “Bible Belt”
A cool short story from the collection is “Cora Unashamed”
This short story ompares the experiences of a black woman and white woman having babies outside of wedlock and how their respective communities react to those births, which I think is fascinating when you think about the surge of single parenthood today.
I end the review by reading “Bible Belt.”
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