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Ma Rainey
Ma Rainey
by Sterling Brown

Sterling Brown’s Calling Card

What is the poet’s signature style?

The Southern Road

There's a reason that Brown's only major book of poetry was titled The Southern Road: because many of his poems are about the African-American experience in the rural American south. "Ma Rainey" is no exception, as it describes the connection that rural southerners feel to Ma and her songsā€”and that connection comes from a distinctly African-American experience.

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