S&R salutes the United States, warts and all. Today we launch a little 4th of July Art & Poetry Jam with Claude McKay’s famous sonnet, “America.” More great poetry, and more on McKay, can be found at The Poetry Foundation’s site.
Although she feeds me bread of bitterness,
And sinks into my throat her tiger’s tooth,
Stealing my breath of life, I will confess
I love this cultured hell that tests my youth.
Her vigor flows like tides into my blood,
Giving me strength erect against her hate,
Her bigness sweeps my being like a flood. Continue reading