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Daddy, ain’t you heard?

Mark Ford: Langston Hughes’s Journeys, 16 November 2023

Let America Be America Again: Conversations with Langston Hughes 
edited by Christopher C. De Santis.
Oxford, 339 pp., £32, August 2022, 978 0 19 285504 6
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... speakers, even when this risked association with the demeaning patter of blackface routines:Heard de owl a hootin’,Knowed somebody’s ’bout to die,Heard de owl a hootin’,Knowed somebody’s ’bout to die,Put my head un’neath de kiver,Started in to moan ...

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