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LE ROI JONES AND NEW WRITERS JACKSON Beautiful lines, and in his poem "The World is Full of Remarkable Things", a fine love song-a song to a Black woman from a Black man: Quick Night easy warmth The girlmother lies next to me breathing coughing sighing at my absence..... ..........Womanchild turns lays her head on my stomach. Night aches acts Niggers rage down the street. Air Pocket, sinks us. She lady angel brings her self to touch me grains and grass and long silences, the darkness my natural element, in warm black skin I love and understand things30 And Clarence Reed, in his poem "My Brother and Me", can create a harrowing yet sensitive work on a truly alienated Black man; a junkie: I saw him there riddled With needle holes His alcohol-drenched brain As limp and soggy as his Life-battered body... He was greasy and tired And too confused to die- He just sat there on the stoop Trying to remember thru the miasma The green years of hope and youth 243
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