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

Gwendolyn B. Bennett, "Advice" (1927)


You were a sophist,
Pale and quite remote,
As you bade me
Write poems—
Brown poems
Of dark words
And prehistoric rhythms ...
Your pallor stifled my poesy
But I remembered a tapestry
That I would some day weave
Of dim purples and fine reds
And blues
Like night and death--
The keen precision of your words
Wove a silver thread
Through the dusk softness
Of my dream-stuff...

Published in Caroling Dusk1927

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