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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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In a Harlem Cabaret

By O'Neill Carrington

The Magpie, Winter 1942, v. 26, n. 1, p. 47.

Brown boys, yellah gals bending, swaying
Black boys joking, drinking, swearing
To the strident cry of a brass clarinet
    In a Harlem cabaret.
Pegged legged pants and short silk skirts,
Flashy sheiks and buxom flirts
Swaying to the pleas of a shrill clarinet
    In a Harlem cabaret.
A flash of steel, a piercing scream
A muffled thud, a shattered dreamy
A brown boy solos on a lone clarinet
    In a Harlem cabaret.




The Magpie Sings the Great Depression

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