Countee Cullen was born 30 May 1903, and died 9 January 1946
- I have a rendezvous with life.
- If I am going to be a poet at all, I am going to be POET and not NEGRO POET.
- There is no secret to success except hard work and getting something indefinable which we call ‘the breaks’.
- In order for a writer to succeed, I suggest three things – read and write – and wait.
- Your love to me was like an unread book.
- The truth is… everything counts. Everything. Everything we do and everything we say. Everything helps or hurts; everything adds to or takes away from someone else.
- My poetry, I think, has become the way of my giving out what music is within me.
Countee Cullen was an African-American poet who was a leading figure in the Harlem Renaissance. A selection of his poetry and prose is available in one collection: My Soul’s High Song: The Collected Writings of Countee Cullen.
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