I’m giving my vastly under-educated brain some stimulation (and great challenge, I might add) by reading An Introduction to Poetry. Here are three anonymous poems, two light, the last not, I thought worth sharing.

Referring to neo-classic diction (1660 to late 1700’s) being “abused” these lines refer to uncorking a bottle of wine. I don’t agree this is an abuse, I rather like it!

Apply thine engine to the spongy door

Set Bacchus from his glassy prison free

And this short American oral verse written possibly around 1900:

Carnation Milk

Carnation Milk is the best in the land;
Here I sit with a can in my hand–

No tits to pull, no hay to pitch,
you just punch a hole in the son of a bitch

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This last poem, so despairing, from a blues song based on the 1931 Scottsboro, Alabama case.

Scottsboro

Paper come out–done strewed de news
Seven po’ chillun moan deat’ house blues,
Seven po’ chillun moanin’ deat’ house blues.

Seven nappy heads wit’ big shiny eye
All boun’ in jail and framed to die,
All boun’ in jail and framed to die.

Messin’ white woman-snake lyin’ tale
Hang and burn and jail wit’ no bail.
Dat hang and burn and jail wit’ no bail.
Worse ol’ crime in white folks’ lan’
Black skin coverin’ po’ workin’ man,
Black skin coverin’ po’ workin’ man.

Judge and jury–all in de stan’
Lawd, biggety name for same lynchin’ ban’,
Lawd, biggety name for same lynchin’ ban’.
White folks and nigger in great co’t house
Like cat down cellar wit’ nohole mouse.
Like cat down cellar wit’ nohole mouse.

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there is somewhat of a brighter ending to this tale, after many years of this case on trial, one of the women admitted she lied, the civil rights movement blossomed and (if I’m not mistaken) all but one were freed. I found this song by a history student on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qw_jNQuxHHQ and here’s The Scottsboro Boys by Leadbelly: https://myspace.com/leadbelllllllllyyyyyyy/music/song/the-scottsboro-boys-85205136-94208845

Artwork courtesy of Jim Blake

Artwork courtesy of Jim Blake

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