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Portrait in Georgia
Portrait in Georgia
by Jean Toomer

Jean Toomer’s Calling Card

What is the poet’s signature style?

Images and Fragments About Race

If there's one thing Toomer's known for, it's his stirring writing on race. And his poetry often comes in images—fragments, even—that zero in on racial issues in his day. In his novel Cane, a bunch of poems much like "Portrait in Georgia" appear, in which he says Big Things about race in America while merely describing an image or a scene.

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