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Jean Toomer
Jean Toomer
Born in 1894, Jean Toomer is the author of Cane, a book of prose poetry describing the people and landscape of Georgia...
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Reapers

 
by Jean Toomer

Black reapers with the sound of steel on stones
Are sharpening scythes.  I see them place the hones
In their hip-pockets as a thing that's done,
And start their silent swinging, one by one.
Black horses drive a mower through the weeds,
And there, a field rat, startled, squealing bleeds.
His belly close to ground.  I see the blade.
Blood-stained, continue cutting weeds and shade.






From Cane by Jean Toomer. Copyright © 1923 Boni and Liveright, renewed 1951 by Jean Toomer. Used with the permission of Liveright Publishing Corporation.
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