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Poetry writing flourished among Black Bostonians of the Harlem Renaissance era, but none of the fledging poets ever saw their work collected in a volume.

The poetry of Helene Johnson (1907-1995) was published posthumously, as This Waiting for Love: Helene Johnson, Poet of the Harlem Renaissance. Johnson expressed a range of sentiments, including love for sensuous beauty, deep respect for African heritage and a longing for personal freedom from bourgeois rules.

Grace Vera Postles is the author of a number of short poems in free verse. Her themes range from simple observation of natural surroundings to more pensive responses to experiences of intense pain or joy.

Some others who contributed to the sum of Black Bostonian poetic writing are:

McBrown directed her poetry and plays to children, especially black children, whose creativity she sought to nourish. Selections from most of these poets can be found in Lorraine Elena Roses and Ruth E. Randolph’s anthology, Harlem’s Glory: Black Women Writing, 1900-1950.