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America by Henry Dumas

Henry Dumas

If an eagle be imprisoned
On the back of a coin
And the coin is tossed into the sky,
That coin will spin,
That coin will flutter,
But the eagle will never fly.

– From The Oxford Anthology of African-American Poetry, coming in September. Learn more about Henry Dumas at the Modern American Poets website.

“America” from Knees of Natural Man by Henry Dumas. Copyright C. 1988 by
Henry Dumas. Reprinted by permission of Loretta Dumas.

Recent Comments

  1. Eran

    I wonder where can i contact Ms. Dumas if i would like to translate the works of her late husband into hebrew?
    Thank you,
    Eran Tzelgov
    “Daka” editor

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