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Autograph poem by Countee Cullen  

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"Protest" - Autograph poem, inscribed and signed by Countee Cullen

Cullen, Countee



Feb 25, 1927


In ink, two stanzas, 14 lines plus title and presentation inscription. On sheet 26.3x18.5 cm. (10½x7¼").

Verse beginning "I long not now, a little while at least,/ For that serene, interminable hour/ When I shall leave this barmecidal feast/ With poppy for my everlasting flower..." Inscribed in lower margin, "For Sydonia [Byrd] - this copy inscribed in Indianapolis, Feb. 25, 1927. Sincerely, Countee." Byrd was a romantic interest of Countee Cullen before he married Yolanda Du Bois, the daughter of W. E. B. Du Bois.

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Slight edge wear, faint darkening along right edge; very good.

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