Friday, April 29, 2011

Langston Hughes's "Daybreak in Alabama"

Weather makes the news more often than poetry. In recent storms across southern states, Alabama has been the hardest hit, 2/3 of casualties, extensive but random damage (typical of tornadoes) in Tuscaloosa, Birmingham

For Alabama and before NPM is gone, poet, translator, musician, essayist, novel and short story writer Langston Hughes's "Daybreak in Alabama." View on the Knopf Poetry site. 

Pastel drawing of Hughes by Winold Reiss, on Modern American Poetry

Looking for more Alabama/ poetry connections: Alabama State Poetry Society; football poems (which I confess to not exploring); Alabama Song (1927) lyrics by Bertoldt Brecht, also known as "Moon over Alabama" or "Whiskey Bar," music by Kurt Weil, recorded by Lotte Lenya, The Doors and David Bowie ~ all on YouTube.

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