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gbellon: If You Want to Understand Code-Switching, You Need to Read Jean Toomer’s “Cane”

skydog811: If You Want to Understand Code-Switching, You Need to Read Jean Toomer's

thejackewilson: Meet Jean Toomer, the African American writer whose little-known masterpiece Cane inspired both the Harlem Renaissance and the Lost Generation.

PENworldvoices: It's always the right time to revisit a literary classic. Jean Toomer's groundbreaking 1923 work, CANE, reflects the complexity of racial performance:

ElectricLit: "Cane," Jean Toomer's groundbreaking work from 1923, reflects the complexity of racial performance.

thecommonbreath: The Great Opening Sentences Series of 7 was: 1. LA Woman - Eve Babitz 2. Cane - Jean Toomer 3. Gargoyles - Bernhard 4. Young Adam - Trocchi 5. Invitation to a Beheading - Nabokov 6. The Road to Los Angeles - Fante 7. Waiting Period - Selby

yosuke_j: Men try to run life according to their wishes; life runs itself according to necessity. by Jean Toomer

mambadutch: Y’all talk more about Jay Z or Beyonce than Frederick Douglass, Denmark Vesey, Claudette Colvin, Marcus Garvey, Bobby Seale, Mansa Musa, DuBois, Wright, Jean Toomer, etc. COMBINED. You’re not activists, you’re opportunists on Twitter that want click bait. It’s abundantly clear.

clairealsto: I think she was a genius and should be taught, alongside Ernest Gaines, Richard Wright, Alice Walker, Zora Neale Hurston, Jean Toomer, so students can have a more holistic framework to understand Southern writing and the stories Flannery’s bias prevented her from telling

ericabuddington: Jean Toomer (1894—1967) was born in Washington, DC, the grandson of the first governor of African-American descent in the United States. He was a school principal. So many of our prominent authors were educators. Died educators. Educated us still, through their work.

Quotesme_: "We start with gifts. Merit comes from what we make of them." Jean Toomer

WorldOfWords11: "We start with gifts. Merit comes from what we make of them." Jean Toomer

lesleywilliams: 5 of 5 stars to Cane by Jean Toomer

IFinestQuotes: "We start with gifts. Merit comes from what we make of them." Jean Toomer

AllianceforHEP: Lutenski was, during the 2019-2020 academic year, a fellow at the National Humanities Center, where she worked on her newest book project, Modern Lovers: Margery Latimer, Jean Toomer, and Race in American Culture

mrdavidjays: I learned more about Jean Toomer & Cane here. The way he thought about identity is really fascinating

StrategyMaestro: RT INSEADKnowledge "“We learn the rope of life by untying its knots.” - Jean Toomer

thejackewilson: Meet Jean Toomer, the African American writer whose little-known masterpiece Cane inspired both the Harlem Renaissance and the Lost Generation.

Beulah87122350: 'We never know we are beings until we love." Jean Toomer

Inspired2Share: "We start with gifts. Merit comes from what we make of them." Jean Toomer

INSEADKnowledge: “We learn the rope of life by untying its knots.” - Jean Toomer

MattFetchko: Read about The Shared Journeys of Jean Toomer and Georgia O’Keeffe

yosuke_j: Men try to run life according to their wishes; life runs itself according to necessity. by Jean Toomer

sharetw_: "We start with gifts. Merit comes from what we make of them." Jean Toomer

StyleSarapan: "We start with gifts. Merit comes from what we make of them." Jean Toomer

okeeffemuseum: STORIES FROM THE O'KEEFFE: The Shared Journeys of Jean Toomer and Georgia O’Keeffe. Read the essay By Amanda Mehsima Licato, Ph.D exploring identity construction through the relationship of two important figures in 20th century modernism.

robertjgannon: On Jean Toomer's Cane, my favorite short story cycle:

tianna_myles: the writings of octavia butler, gloria naylor, and jean toomer will always be in my heart ♡

MarcosSGonsalez: in much need of rest but I’m really REALLY itching to write out my “the politics of eccentric prose” essay. already have some delectably unusual syntax to work with from Jean Toomer, Dionne Brand, Du Bois, Lytton Strachey, Kincaid, & Justin Torres!

Hakiakrhm: "What's beauty anyways but ugliness of it hurts you?" - Jean Toomer

Briana__Monique: “The young fellows counted the time to pass before she would be old enough to mate with them. This interest of the male, who wishes to ripen a growing thing too soon, could mean no good to her.” - Cane, Jean Toomer. Whew.

KolaBoof3: **JEAN TOOMER** He "passed for White" because that's what someone who looks like him SHOULD do. But he was also invented by BLACK culture and he's a HERO to me. "CANE" is a true Black classic. I don't need Alexander Dumas. I really don't.

romepix: Sun and a summer feeling are good for a change…flowers and birds—all the pretty things—light and lovely and nothing. Georgia O’Keeffe, from a letter to Jean Toomer, featured in Georgia O’Keeffe: A Life

RichmondLibs: The BBC have a dramatisation of Cane by Jean Toomer, which we featured in our Read-along earlier this month (

thejackewilson: Meet Jean Toomer, the African American writer whose little-known masterpiece Cane inspired both the Harlem Renaissance and the Lost Generation.

MatScoutWillie: Was thinking about Juneteenth (the date) which led me to think about the Ralph Ellison compilation. Which led me to think of the Harlem Renaissance writer Jean Toomer. If you want a easy, playful, experimental type read, check out "Cane". one of my favorite novella type pieces

AndrewRyder779: I also argue that a Harlem Renaissance writer (Jean Toomer) provides an aesthetic and practical escape from this impasse, calling for a new and difficult liberation by means of a profound attentiveness to Black experience.

MishaRogov: Have you ever seen how things shine from within with supermundane colors? I have seen it in radically altered states of consciousness. What is our “normal” state if not a narrow prison cell? “We do not possess imagination enough to sense what we are missing.” — Jean Toomer

jasonpaddock: BTW, two of my all time favorites are Jean Toomer’s Cane and Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man

yosuke_j: Men try to run life according to their wishes; life runs itself according to necessity. by Jean Toomer

akasiaisakasia: 5 of 5 stars to Cane by Jean Toomer

Quotesme_: "We start with gifts. Merit comes from what we make of them." Jean Toomer

neuroticmonkey: Two great books from early 20th century Black authors that more folks should read (and would make for great adaptations): • Cane by Jean Toomer (1923)

IFinestQuotes: "We start with gifts. Merit comes from what we make of them." Jean Toomer

RichmondLibs: Today's Richmond Read-along is a poem from Jean Toomer, author of the influential and experimental novel "Cane." We are reading "Georgia Dusk:"

ShieldsAndrew: 12 June 2020: Jean Toomer, "Storm Ending"

Tyrelvin: My first edition of Cane by Jean Toomer is lost somewhere in these Atlanta streets and I’m distraught.

simplyshay: Check out Black Poets Dudley Randall Langston Hughes Yusef Iman Johari Amiri Jean Toomer

griftingtankie: Yessss. PBS Pinchback.. also Jean Toomer's granddad ~ one of Harlem Renaissance's gems.... ("Cane"... & for sharing the work of Gurdjieff & Ouspenskii to much of the west )...

Inspired2Share: "We start with gifts. Merit comes from what we make of them." Jean Toomer

webulite: The Daily Poem - Jean Toomer's "Harvest Song"

sharetw_: "We start with gifts. Merit comes from what we make of them." Jean Toomer

SilasLapham: I also think about a line from Jean Toomer's Cane, "I'm the victim of America's sin. I'm what sin is." 4/

StyleSarapan: "We start with gifts. Merit comes from what we make of them." Jean Toomer

Tom_Benn: 'that was long ago; not so long ago' - Jean Toomer Images: COBRA VERDE (Herzog)

GracePfeil: Cane by Jean Toomer.

yosuke_j: Men try to run life according to their wishes; life runs itself according to necessity. by Jean Toomer

serra22734163: texts from BLACK authors, so so important. nella larson’s the passing, colson whitehead’s the underground railroad, james baldwin’s price of the ticket, all of toni morrison, hilton als’s white girls, jean toomer’s cane, americanah by adichie, alice walker’s the color purple

jessfanzo: In there right now, Ben Okri, Ismael Reed, Percival Everett, Chinua Achebe, Jean Toomer, Teju Cole, Justin Phillip Reed to name a few.

SublunaryReview: "Bees passing in and out the moon, Bees escaping out the moon, Bees returning through the moon" From Jean Toomer's beautiful poem, "Beehive"

SublunaryReview: Toomer's book Cane is one of the great 20th century American novels and deserves way more attention than it gets. An interesting article about his life & complicated relationship with his identity in the NYRB for anyone who's interested:

BSVarcho: “Full moon rising on the waters of my heart”…Evening Song by Jean Toomer

T___C___M: “Cane” by Jean Toomer (178 pp., fiction)

iotwatch: One of the only positive byproducts of reading about how awful FLW was is discovering the work of Jean Toomer (who wrote Cane (1923)) and The New Negro (1925), written during the Harlem Renaissance.

mervatim: John A. Williams's THE MAN WHO CRIED I AM; James Baldwin's GIOVANNI'S ROOM & THE FIRE NEXT TIME; Toni Morrison's BELOVED & SULA; Jean Toomer's CANE; Nella Larsen's PASSING; Octavia Butler's BLOODCHILD & OTHER STORIES. Read these books, & order them from the stores linked above.

DrSeanWitters: Jean Toomer’s Cane should have been enough.

cameronholleran: Solidarity with all those protesting and fighting for racial justice. If you're white & looking for reading, then my education started with Jean Toomer's 'Cane' and Nella Larsen's 'Passing' so can recommend them.

Randy__Now: "People mistake their limitations for high standards.” – Jean Toomer

ilya_poet: "People mistake their limitations for high standards.” – Jean Toomer

intervalvector: nowhere has secularism destroyed more beauty than in african-american art (spirituals, jean toomer etc)

futureradiofeed: Black American culture, 1923: Their voices rise . . . the pine trees are guitars, Strumming, pine-needles fall like sheets of rain . . . Their voices rise . . . the chorus of the cane Is caroling a vesper to the stars . . . --Jean Toomer, "Georgia Dusk"

markwc: Most novices picture themselves as masters - and are content with the picture. This is why there are so few masters. ~ Jean Toomer

bannedwriter: Storm Ending by Jean Toomer Thunder blossoms gorgeously above our heads, Great, hollow, bell-like flowers, Rumbling in the wind, Stretching clappers to strike our ears . . .

yosuke_j: Men try to run life according to their wishes; life runs itself according to necessity. by Jean Toomer

IFinestQuotes: "We start with gifts. Merit comes from what we make of them." Jean Toomer

iotwatch: We're in the 1930s and the racism in the cultural elite is incredible. Jean Toomer marries Margery Latimer who he meets in 'The Portage Experiment' he set up. He's threatened with lynching and his friend Zona Gale refuses to attend the wedding.

laurengoIightly: The Bluest Eye*/ Recitatif*/anything- Toni Morrison Cane*- Jean Toomer Dying of Whiteness - Jonathan Metzl White Rage - Carol Anderson Assata-an autobiography The New Jim Crow - Michelle Alexander

fxmimxhxr602: No eyes that have seen beauty ever lose their sight.-Jean Toomer SinigangRamen NiFUMIYA

janamlight: 4 of 5 stars to Cane by Jean Toomer

sharetw_: "We start with gifts. Merit comes from what we make of them." Jean Toomer

Inspired2Share: "We start with gifts. Merit comes from what we make of them." Jean Toomer

QuotePicNet: "We start with gifts. Merit comes from what we make of them." Jean Toomer

allscarshealed: I read Cane by Jean Toomer

StyleSarapan: "We start with gifts. Merit comes from what we make of them." Jean Toomer

bay_art: 17+ Best Jean Toomer Poems

JoyceCarolOates: missing Jean Toomer. (or has he already been honored?)

Kathy__Gee: Another one I was just talking about with someone the other day: Jean Toomer's Cane. It's unique and utterly extraordinary, at least as much a poem as a novel.

yosuke_j: Men try to run life according to their wishes; life runs itself according to necessity. by Jean Toomer

Quotesme_: "We start with gifts. Merit comes from what we make of them." Jean Toomer

Scott_Hadley: Cane by Jean Toomer

ricks_soph: Check out Black Poets Dudley Randall Langston Hughes Yusef Iman Johari Amiri Jean Toomer

Djfshop: Check out Black Poets Dudley Randall Langston Hughes Yusef Iman Johari Amiri Jean Toomer

dreamslips: ** instead of my life where I read a poem by Jean toomer 10 minutes ago

jmartinwrites: this is the first poem I've ever read by Southern dude Jean Toomer. Will not be the last, I can tell you.

Harmony_Holiday: Jean Toomer's Becky is the primordial Becky.

bridgetminamore: back to 'Lot' - I could talk about it all day! - but it reminded me so much of my literal favourite book, Jean Toomer's 'Cane'... just the way the prose curls around its characters. my favourite short story collection for ages

iagoperez_sant: Cane by Jean Toomer Complex little book that’s a mixture of prose, poetry, and drama. Mostly portraits of Southern black lives and of the South itself. When the images + emotions connect the artistry is astounding

ManeKartin: Absolutely no one asked for this but I'm procrastinating so here's 10 of my favourite books in no particular order 1. How Late it was, how late... - James Kelman 2. Sportswriter - Richard Ford 3. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love - Raymond Carver 4. Cane - Jean Toomer

IFinestQuotes: "We start with gifts. Merit comes from what we make of them." Jean Toomer

ktrvrs: I think that Cane by Jean Toomer could be considered to be a poem.



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