Billie Holiday

By E. Ethelbert Miller b. 1950 E. Ethelbert Miller
sometimes the deaf
hear better than the blind

some men
when they first
heard her sing

were only attracted
to the flower in her hair

Ethelbert Miller, “Billie Holiday” from First Light: New and Selected Poems. Copyright © 1994 by Ethelbert Miller. Reprinted by permission of Black Classic Press.

Source: First Light: New and Selected Poems (1994)

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Poet E. Ethelbert Miller b. 1950

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Subjects Arts & Sciences, Music, Social Commentaries, Popular Culture

 E.  Ethelbert  Miller

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E. (Eugene) Ethelbert Miller was born in the Bronx, New York, in 1950. He attended Howard University and received a BA in African American studies in 1972. A self-described “literary activist,” Miller is on the board of the Institute for Policy Studies, a progressive multi-issue think tank, and has served as director of the African American Studies Resource Center at Howard University since 1974. His collections of poetry . . .

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SUBJECT Arts & Sciences, Music, Social Commentaries, Popular Culture

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

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