African American Poetry (1870-1928): A Digital Anthology

Arna Bontemps, "Jazz" (1928)

Brown girls that my arms have known,
Old loves and better days
Come back again to trouble me,
Whenever a jazzband plays.

Brown girls I had quite forgot
With love's first pointed flames
Are here again, when the music starts—
I even remember names.

Published in Carolina Magazine, May 1928

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