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James Baldwin and Richard Wright: What quarrel?

August 7, 2013 It was all very public, well documented. Wright had started out being the central inspiration.   Baldwin’s essay, “Notes of a Native Son,” and his essay collection also of that title, are obvious tributes to the long … Continue reading

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Richard Wright’s Haiku

November 16, 2011 I never thought his career would end in this way: thousands of these 17-syllable poems, with no narrative, nothing that adds up, just a passing thought, the briefest of observations, seemingly going nowhere: Meticulously The cat licks … Continue reading

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