5. In Collected Poems, 171. My reading here is indebted to Robert B. Stepto's "After Modernism, After Hibernation: Michael Harper, Robert Hayden, and Jay Wright" in Chant of Saints: A Gathering of Afro-American Literature, Art, and Scholarship, eds. Michael S. Harper and Robert B. Stepto (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1979), 470-86.

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