“…a creative woman of her time.”-Valerie Jean on Georgia Douglas Johnson, in Beltway: A Poetry Quarterly,

Poet, Georgia Douglas Johnson, was born today in 1880. She was an American/African-American Female poet and much more than that. She was also part of The Harlem Renaissance. “To think of Georgia Douglas Johnson as only a poet would be to call her out of her name.  Add the labels of musician, playwright, fiction writer, mother, wife, friend, mentor, intellectual and gracious host, and one would begin to approach more of who she was– a creative woman of her time.  One of the most loved and cherished participants of the Harlem Renaissance period, “Georgia Douglas Johnson was the nurturer who gave to others not just her cadenced words, but much of her heart.  While acknowledging the oppressed position of women in her lifetime and documenting how this stifled the creative spirit, she nevertheless proudly wore the mantle of the woman poet and fully embodied this restriction for herself.”-Valerie Jean

YOUR WORLD by Georgia Douglas Johnson

Your world is as big as you make it

I know, for I used to abide

In the narrowest nest in a corner

My wings pressing close to my side

But I sighted the distant horizon

Where the sky-line encircled the sea

And I throbbed with a burning desire

To travel this immensity.

I battered the cordons around me

And cradled my wings on the breeze

Then soared to the uttermost reaches

with rapture, with power, with ease!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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