Of all the readings so far, I have enjoyed Langston Hughes the most. I grew up with a copy of “I wonder as I wander” flouting around my house and ever since I read that beautiful title I have been intrigued by Mr. Hughes.
Needless to say, I was quite pleased to learn that we would be reading him. Once I read the poems that were assigned last week, I was not disappointed. His satirical poem Cultural Exchange stood out to me in particular. He makes references to how in the ghetto, in which black people are essentially forced by poverty to live, the doors are as thin as paper “where the doors are doors of paper” p.89), leaving them hardly any privacy.
Additionally, he refers to a German song style heard in the ghetto (p.91) known as “lieder” (p.91). This is a strange reference I thought, considering the subject of the poem (the black ghetto). Yet, upon further exploration, I believe that he did this intentionally, exploring how despite being ostracized the black community still demonstrates America values by embracing and incorporating something from another nation, America being known as the “melting pot” and all.