The Tropics in New York

Claude McKay

A Words in Motion Feature: Claude McKay‘s poem, The Tropics in New York, comes alive in this version designed by Santiago Cohen and animated by Maciek Albrecht for the Emmy winning HBO program Child’s Garden of Poetry.

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The Tropics in New York
By Claude McKay

Bananas ripe and green, and ginger-root,
Cocoa in pods and alligator pears,
And tangerines and mangoes and grape fruit,
Fit for the highest prize at parish fairs,

Set in the window, bringing memories
Of fruit-trees laden by low-singing rills,
And dewy dawns, and mystical blue skies
In benediction over nun-like hills.

My eyes grew dim, and I could no more gaze;
A wave of longing through my body swept,
And, hungry for the old, familiar ways,
I turned aside and bowed my head and wept.

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