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A major and sometimes controversial figure of the Harlem Renaissance, Countee Cullen fused a mastery of the formal lyric with a passionate engagement with themes social, religious, racial, and personal in such books as Color, Copper Sun, and The Black Christ. Certain of his poems—“Heritage,” “Yet Do I Marvel”—are widely celebrated, but much of Cullen’s work remains to be discovered. This volume restores to print a body of work of singular intensity and beauty.
This is volume #32 in The Library of America’s American Poets Project series.
About the Author
Major Jackson is the author of three volumes of poetry: Holding Company, Hoops, and Leaving Saturn, and a recipient of a Pushcart Prize, a Whiting Writers’ Award, and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts. He is the Richard Dennis Green and Gold Professor at the University of Vermont, and the poetry editor of the Harvard Review.