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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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Futility
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Outcast
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Africa
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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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The White City
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Adolescence
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French Leave
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A Red Flower
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Absence
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The Spanish Needle
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To One Coming North
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The Harlem Dancer
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Courage
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I Shall Return
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A Prayer
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The White House
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Rest in Peace
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Subway Wind
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White Houses
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Birds of Prey
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Romance
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After the Winter
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Alfonso, Dressing to Wait at Table
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Dawn in New York 157 Views
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I Know My Soul
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The City's Love
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To O.E.A.
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Flame-Heart
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On the Road 149 Views
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Song of the Moon
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The Snow Fairy
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Harlem Shadows
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Exhortation: Summer 1919
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A Memory of June
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Enslaved
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The Night-Fire
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Joy in the Woods
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My Mother
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The Tropics in New York 129 Views
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Flirtation 127 Views
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The Easter Flower
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Heritage
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Baptism
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Winter in the Country
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When I Have Passed Away
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La Paloma in London
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Memorial
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Two-An'-Six
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The Barrier
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When Dawn Comes to the City
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Commemoration
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Jasmines
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To Winter
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Through Agony
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December, 1919
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The Plateau
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The Tired Worker
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Thirst
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On a Primitive Canoe
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Poetry
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Morning Joy
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O Word I Love to Sing
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Wild May 64 Views
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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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To a Poet
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On Broadway
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Flower of Love
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Russian Cathedral
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Home Thoughts
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Polarity
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The Wild Goat 41 Views
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Tormented
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North and South
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Homing Swallows
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