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The Magpie Sings the Great Depression:
Selections from DeWitt Clinton High School's Literary Magazine, 1929-1942

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Black Girl Shouting

By James Baldwin

The Magpie, Winter 1942, v. 26, n. 1, p. 32.

Stomp my feet
An' clap my han's
Angels comin'
To dese fair lan's.

Cut my lover
Off dat tree!
Angels comin'
To set me free.

Glory, glory,
To de Lamb
Blessed Jesus
Where's my man?

Black girl, whirl
Your torn, red dress
Black girl, hide
Your bitterness.

Black girl, stretch
Your mouth so wide.
None will guess
The way he died

Turned your heart
To quivering mud
While your lover's
Soft, red blood

Stained the scowling
Outraged tree.
Angels come
To cut him free!




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