Josephine Miles

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Josephine Miles (June 11, 1911May 12, 1985) was an American poet and literary critic.

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  • They deny good luck, love, power, romance, and inspiration
    From La Jac Brite ointment and incense of all kinds,
    And condemn in writing skin brightening and whitening
    and whitening of minds.

    There is upon the federal trade commission a burden of glory
    So to defend the fact, so to impel
    The plucking of hope from the hand, honor from the complexion,
    Sprite from the spell.
    • "Government Injunction Restraining Harlem Cosmetic Co." (1941) St. 2–3; Collected Poems, University of Illinois Press, 1983


  • Death did not come to my mother
    Like an old friend.
    She was a mother, and she must
    Conceive him.

    Up and down the bed she fought crying
    Help me, but death
    Was a slow child
    Heavy.
    • "Conception" (1974) st. 1–2; Collected Poems, University of Illinois Press, 1983

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