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