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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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Portrait in Georgia

 
by Jean Toomer

Hair--braided chestnut,
     coiled like a lyncher's rope,
Eyes--fagots,
Lips--old scars, or the first red blisters,
Breath--the last sweet scent of cane,
And her slim body, white as the ash
     of black flesh after flame.






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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