Cane- Portrait in Georgia

“Hair–braided chestnut,
coiled like a lyncher’s rope,
Eyes–fagots,
Lips–old scars, or the first red blisters,
Breath–the last sweet scent of cane,
And her slim body, white as the ash
of black flesh after flame.”

When addressing a controversial, hotbed topic, many poor writer will skate around it. Not Toomer. He cuts straight to the bone, using powerful, violent imagery to portray the South, and the way it treats African-Americans. This could just as easily be called Portrait of the South

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