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Each fortnight a poem is chosen to be recorded by as many LibriVox volunteers as possible!LibriVox volunteers bring you -- recordings of The South by Langston Hughes.
This was the Fortnightly Poetry project for June 19, 2022.
This poem, with its strong imagery, presents a darker facet of the South than is generally displayed in "nice" poetry.
(Summary by TriciaG)
This fortnight's poem can be found here.
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Begin your reading with the abbreviated LibriVox disclaimer:
Leave 0.5 to 1 second of silence at the beginning.
Then read the poem:The South by Langston Hughes, read for librivox.org by [your name].
[Add, if you wish, date, and/or your location.]
At the end of your reading, leave a space and then say:The lazy, laughing South
With blood on its mouth.
The sunny-faced South,
The child-minded South
Scratching in the dead fire’s ashes
For a Negro’s bones.
....Cotton and the moon,
....Warmth, earth, warmth,
....The sky, the sun, the stars,
....The magnolia-scented South.
Beautiful, like a woman,
Seductive as a dark-eyed whore,
....That is the South.
And I, who am black, would love her
But she spits in my face.
And I, who am black,
Would give her many rare gifts
But she turns her back upon me.
....So now I seek the North—
....The cold-faced North,
....For she, they say,
....Is a kinder mistress,
And in her house my children
May escape the spell of the South.
Leave 5 seconds of silence at the end.End of poem. This recording is in the public domain.
Filename: thesouth_hughes_your initials in lowercase_128kb.mp3 (e.g. thesouth_hughes_klh_128kb.mp3)
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