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Festus Claudius "Claude" McKay was a Jamaican-American writer and poet, who was a seminal figure in the Harlem Renaissance. He wrote four novels: Home to Harlem, a best-seller that won the Harmon Gold Award for Literature, Banjo, Banana Bottom, and in 1941 a manuscript called Amiable With Big Teeth: A Novel of the Love Affair Between the Communists and the Poor Black Sheep of Harlem that has not yet been published. McKay also authored collections of poetry, a collection of short stories, Gingertown, two autobiographical books, A Long Way from Home and My Green Hills of Jamaica, and a non-fiction, socio-historical treatise entitled Harlem: Negro Metropolis. His 1922 poetry collection, Harlem Shadows, was among the first books published during the Harlem Renaissance. His Selected Poems was published posthumously, in 1953. McKay was attracted to communism in his early life, but he always asserted that he never became an official member of the Communist Party USA. However, some scholars dispute the claim that he was not a communist at that time, noting his close ties to active members, his attendance at communist-led events, and his months-long stay in the Soviet Union in 1922–23, which he wrote about very favorably. He gradually became disillusioned with communism, however, and by the mid-1930s, he had begun to write negatively about it.

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List of poems by Claude McKay 80 total

America
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Outcast
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French Leave
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In Bondage
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If We Must Die
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The Lynching
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The Castaways
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Africa
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The Spanish Needle
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The Harlem Dancer
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The White City
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To One Coming North
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Subway Wind
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The White House
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I Shall Return
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I Know My Soul
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To O.E.A.
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Rest in Peace
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After the Winter
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Courage
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The Night-Fire
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Adolescence
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On the Road 125 Views
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Exhortation: Summer 1919
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The Snow Fairy
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Flirtation 115 Views
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Dawn in New York 114 Views
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Enslaved
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Futility
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Winter in the Country
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Flame-Heart
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The Easter Flower
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A Red Flower
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Song of the Moon
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La Paloma in London
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The City's Love
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White Houses
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Birds of Prey
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Heritage
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The Tropics in New York 107 Views
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Two-An'-Six
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Harlem Shadows
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When I Have Passed Away
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My Mother
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Commemoration
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Memorial
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Through Agony
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A Memory of June
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To Winter
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Romance
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The Barrier
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Baptism
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The Plateau
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Joy in the Woods
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December, 1919
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Jasmines
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When Dawn Comes to the City
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Absence
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On a Primitive Canoe
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The Tired Worker
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Thirst
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A Prayer
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Alfonso, Dressing to Wait at Table
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Poetry
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O Word I Love to Sing
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Morning Joy
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Summer Morn in New Hampshire
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Spring in New Hampshire
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One Year After
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On Broadway
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Wild May 50 Views
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Flower of Love
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Home Thoughts
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To a Poet
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The Wild Goat 38 Views
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Russian Cathedral
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Polarity
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Tormented
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North and South
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Homing Swallows
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