Bernard W. Bell
Collected Poems of Jean Toomer
From the PublisherThe most illuminating showcase of Toomer's poetic consciousness available.
Library JournalWith his first published work, the lyrical narrative Cane (1923), Toomer joined the first rank of Afro-American writers. But the creative output that followed went largely unrecognized during his lifetime. He did not, however, cease writingas these 55 poems, many previously unpublished, attest. His poetry became a means of expressing his quest of an idealist philosophy, one in which men were not separated by skin color but, as in the volume's centerpiece, ``Blue Meridian,'' would come together to create a new American race. ``This attempt to assemble a standard edition of Toomer's poetical works'' deserves a place in all large public and academic libraries. Robert Hudzik, P.L. of Cincinnati & Hamilton Cty.
- The University of North Carolina Press
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The late Robert B. Jones taught English at Rice University.
Margery Toomer Latimer is the daughter of Jean Toomer.
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