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LibConnect: 2022 | October 17-21

A place for the CSU Library team to connect and share.

BLACK POETRY DAY is October 17th

Share your favorite poem from a black poet. 


"Those Winter Sundays"

by Robert Hayden

It reminds me of my father and how hardworking and caring he is. In several hard winters growing up, he indeed spent time warming up the house for the rest of us. It's just a beautiful, comparative picture to me. 


Caged Bird by Maya Angelou

Such a moving and beautiful poem. I remember my first time reading it in Middle School. 




"Mother to Son"

by Langston Hughes

I used to teach African American literature, and this poem by Langston Hughes was one of my favorites. There's such a rhythm to it when you read it aloud, and it reminds me of a dear friend I once had. She was really poor growing up and worked hard to provide for her family. She spoke much like the mother in this poem.