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My Little Dreams

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I’m folding up my little dreams
   Within my heart tonight,
And praying I may soon forget
   The torture of their sight.

For time’s deft fingers scroll my brow
   With fell relentless art—
I’m folding up my little dreams
   Tonight, within my heart.

Source: The Heart of a Woman and Other Poems (The Cornhill Company, 1918)
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My Little Dreams

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  • A member of the Harlem Renaissance, Georgia Douglas Johnson wrote plays, a syndicated newspaper column, and four collections of poetry: The Heart of a Woman (1918), Bronze (1922), An Autumn Love Cycle (1928), and Share My World (1962).
    Johnson was born in Atlanta, Georgia, to parents of African American, Native American, and English descent. She graduated from Atlanta University Normal College and studied music at the Oberlin Conservatory and the Cleveland College of Music. After graduation, she taught and worked as an assistant principal. In 1910 she moved with her husband to Washington, D.C. When her husband died in 1925, Johnson supported her two sons by working temporary jobs until she was hired by the Department of Labor.

    Johnson’s house at 1461 S Street NW, which came to be known as site of the S Street Salon, was an important meeting place for writers of the Harlem Renaissance in Washington, D.C. Johnson...

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