Railroad Avenue, Langston Hughes’ Locus Solus

Returning to the poems published in the 1926 issue of Fire!!  magazine which proclaimed it was “Devoted to Younger Negro Artists,” we get this simple seeming, yet mysterious poem by one of Fire’s  most famous contributors and organizers: the then 25-year-old Langston Hughes. “Railroad Avenue”  looks like a simple free-verse street-scene vignette. Here’s a link … Continue reading Railroad Avenue, Langston Hughes’ Locus Solus

More from Langston Hughes’ “The Weary Blues”

This month I’ve been doing a series of pieces based on poems from Langston Hughes’ first book-length collection The Weary Blues of 1926 — but maybe it’s time to mention that I have already presented two early pieces that were included in that book. Here’s Hughes “Dream Variation”  which also offered its title to a … Continue reading More from Langston Hughes’ “The Weary Blues”

Winter 2020-21 Parlando Top Ten (abbreviated edition)

Given the everything I’d rate between losses, troubles, and mere distractions I’ve gone through since late last autumn, I’m not in a mood this week to do the traditional Parlando Top Ten list for the past season. These are the same issues in repertory that have reduced the number of new pieces I was able … Continue reading Winter 2020-21 Parlando Top Ten (abbreviated edition)