Black Moods: Collected Poems

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University of Illinois Press, 2002 - Poetry - 275 pages
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Black Moods collects for the first time all of Frank Marshall Davis's extant published poems as well as his previously unpublished work. From sharp-edged sketches of Southside Chicago's urban landscape to the prismatic world that lay beneath Hawaii's placid surface, Davis's muscular poems blend social, cultural, and political concerns-always shaped by his promise to "try to be as direct as good blues." John Edgar Tidwell's introduction examines both Davis's poetry and his politics, presenting a subtle portrait of a complex writer devoted to exposing discriminatory practices and reaffirming the humanity of the common people. Book jacket.
  

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Contents

Acknowledgments
xv
Weaving Jagged Words into Song
xxi
Note on the Text Ixvii
lxvii
Finding
39
Ebony under Granite
49
Am the American Negro 1937
57
Poems 1948
99
Section III
145
Lorna
215
Alma
216
Frances
217
Winnie
218
Blondie
219
Madeline
220
Charity
221
Rose
222

Social Verse
169
Jazz Poems
188
Hawaii This Is Paradise
195
Moonlight at Kahana Bay
208
Tale of Two Dogs
209
Pacific Invasion
210
37 Portraits
211
Anne
212
Connie
213
Mrs
214
Arline
223
Hilda
224
Patty
225
Marjorie
226
Jessica
227
Lyrics of Love
230
Appendix
241
Notes to the Poems
249
Index of Titles
273
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About the author (2002)

Davis was an editor, reporter, columnist, and critic.

John Edgar Tidwell is an associate professor of English at the University of Kansas.

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