Many of the poems listed below were published in full-page spreads in the magazine, including one in August 1923 and a second in December 1925. The seven poems in December 1925 were submitted to the Spingarn Prize, where Hughes placed third in the fall contest (the first prize went to Countee Cullen).
Many of the poems Hughes published in The Crisis would also be included in The Weary Blues, though there are some exceptions (for instance, he chose not to republished "To a Negro Jazz Band in a Parisian Cafe" or "Minstrel Man." The former poem has some similarities to a a poem he did publish in The Weary Blues, "Harlem Night Club." The latter is an exceptional and insightful poem that reminds this reader of Paul Laurence Dunbar's "We Wear the Mask").