The Black Christ
  • The Black Christ


    Countee Cullen. Decorations by Charles Cullen.


    Harper and Brothers: 1929. First edition. Hardcover. Very good. 


    High spot of the Harlem Renaissance.


    "This is not water running here,
    These thick rebellious streams
    That hurtle flesh and bone past fear
    Down alleyways of dreams

    This is a wine that must flow on
    Not caring how or where
    So it has ways to flow upon
    Where song is in the air.

    So it can woo an artful flute
    With loose elastic lips
    Its measurements of joy compute
    With blithe, ecstatic hips."