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Mari Evans

  • i'm gonna put black angels in all the books and a black Christ-child in Mary's arms. / i'm gonna make black bunnies black fairies black santas ...

    • Mari Evans,
    • "Vive Noir," I Am a Black Woman ()
  • When I / die / I'm sure / I will have a / Big Funeral / Curiosity / seekers / coming to see / if I / am really / Dead / or just / trying to make / Trouble.

    • Mari Evans,
    • "The Rebel," I Am a Black Woman ()
  • Who / can be born / black / and not exult!

    • Mari Evans,
    • "My Father's Passage," I Am a Black Woman ()
  • If there be sorrow / let it be for things undone ... / undreamed, unrealized, unattained / to these add one: / Love withheld ... / ... restrained.

    • Mari Evans,
    • "If There Be Sorrow," I Am a Black Woman ()
  • where have you gone / with your confident / walk your / crooked smile the / rent money / in one pocket and / my heart / in another ...

    • Mari Evans,
    • "Where Have You Gone," in Dudley Randall, ed., The Black Poets ()
  • If we have the Word let us say it / If we have the Word let us Be it / If we have the Word let us / do.

    • Mari Evans,
    • dedication, Nightstar ()
  • No single living entity really influenced my life as did my father ... He lived as if he were poured from iron, and loved his family with a vulnerability that was touching.

    • Mari Evans,
    • in Mari Evans, ed., Black Women Writers ()
  • I will bring you a whole person / and you will bring me a whole person / and we will have us twice as much / of love and everything ...

    • Mari Evans,
    • "Celebration," A Dark and Splendid Mass ()

Mari Evans, U.S. poet, educator

(1923)