Langston Hughes Archive

The Re-Release of Jean Toomer’s Cane

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The image, from “Blood-Burning Moon,” of cane becoming only more pungent and pervasive after being burned (“the scent of cane came from the copper pan and drenched the forest and the hill that sloped to factory town”) is a fitting metaphor for Toomer’s legacy.

The Art of Climbing

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Recently, I began thinking how some of the poems I love most evoke this sense of motion; in particular, I began thinking about two pieces about the act of climbing: Langston Hughes’s “Mother to Son” and Carl Phillips’s “The Pinnacle.”

Round-Up: Langston Hughes’ House, Amazon’s New Store, and THE LUMINARIES

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From the battle to save Langston Hughes' house to The Luminaries being made into a mini series, here's the latest literary news.