Countee Cullen: Collected Poems (American Poets Project, by Countee Cullen

By Countee Cullen

A massive and infrequently debatable determine of the Harlem Renaissance, Countee Cullen fused a mastery of the formal lyric with a passionate engagement with topics social, spiritual, racial, and private in such books as Color, Copper Sun, and The Black Christ. yes of his poems--"Heritage," "Yet Do I Marvel"--are commonly celebrated, yet a lot of Cullen's paintings continues to be came upon. This quantity restores to print a physique of labor of singular depth and beauty.

This is quantity 32 within the Library of America's American Poets Project sequence.

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That b e i n g i s the seed; a l l e l se but H is expression. He i s truth. He i s Sel f. S vetaketu! You are that . ' ' , V I . I 2 . 1 -3 Silrce 1'1Irohil S1l"(Jnl i and IV B rea/s * * * * * Taittir�va Upanishad 21 Learn and Teach Do your duty; learn and teach. Speak truth; learn and teach. M editate; learn and teach. Control sense; learn and teach. Control m i nd; l earn and teach. K i ndle fire: learn and teach. Feed fi re; learn and teach . ChhiindoK)'a Upanishad . 2 1 Be hospitable; learn and teach.

I l . 2 . 1 O- 1 S / ', N, Misra, L. Nalhan and S. Valsyavan * * * * * Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 18 Tree and Man As a tree of the forest, J ust so, surely, is m an. H i s hair are leaves, H i s skin the outer bark. From his skin blood, Sap from the bark flows forth . From him when pierced there comes forth A stream, as from the tree when struck. H i s pieces of flesh are under-layers of wood. The fi bre is muscle-l i ke, strong. The bones are the wood within. The ma rrow i s made resemb l i ng pith.

H i s hair are leaves, H i s skin the outer bark. From his skin blood, Sap from the bark flows forth . From him when pierced there comes forth A stream, as from the tree when struck. H i s pieces of flesh are under-layers of wood. The fi bre is muscle-l i ke, strong. The bones are the wood within. The ma rrow i s made resemb l i ng pith. Brihadiiranyalw Upanishad . 19 tree, when it is fel led, grows up From the root, more new agai n; A mortal, when cut down by death­ From what root does he grow up?

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