Walker Smith

The Color Line

"I dare you to walk away from this book uninspired. Readers of all races will learn volumes from this far-reaching new book for our times"

- Hycell B. Taylor, The African-American Revolt of the Spirit

Poetry Corner


Silent shadows slip unseen
one for one
in lost, forgotten cold-sweat dreams
A misbegotten Love Supreme . . .
Brother—are you really there?

Salute to the Side-Men

So long, Kingfish!
Uptown to down—
Salt Peanuts with a rebop sound
Skin-popping jitterbugs and Juilliard squares
on Bird’s Thoroughfare—
The Voice is on the air

Nick’s Treasure Box

Under-bed treasure
in a little boy’s box
tell the tale—tell it for true
Dutch Masters reading their Down Beat


And now, for our late-night radio listeners:
A reprise—
Drumroll, please…
slow hands on black keys

And Harlem Weeps (Serval’s Elegy on World War I)

Dawn – prismatic morning colors
refracting lies called “white” and
a war called “Great” leaving
Dark Paradise eclipsed by light . . .


It is always darkest before the dawn
Thank God for the darkness!

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