African American Poetry (1870-1927): A Digital Anthology

Anne Spencer, Biographical Note (from "Caroling Dusk") 1927

From Lynchburg, Va., where she lives, Anne Spencer writes, “Mother Nature, February, forty-five years ago forced me on the stage that I, in turn, might assume the rôle of lonely child, happy wife, perplexed mother-and, so far, a twice resentful grandmother. I have no academic honors, nor lodge regalia. I am a Christian by intention, a Methodist by inheritance, and a Baptist by marriage. I write about some of the things I love. But have no civilized articulation for the things I hate. I proudly love being a Negro woman-its so involved and interesting. We are the PROBLEM—the great national game of TABOO.”