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The Puppet-Player

Sometimes it seems as though some puppet-player,
   A clenched claw cupping a craggy chin
Sits just beyond the border of our seeing,
   Twitching the strings with slow, sardonic grin.

Credit


This poem is in the public domain. Published in Poem-a-Day on July 26, 2020, by the Academy of American Poets.

About this Poem


“The Puppet-Player” originally appeared in Negro Poets and Their Poems (Associated Publishers, 1923).

Author


Angelina Weld Grimké

Angelina Weld Grimké, a journalist, playwright, teacher, author, and poet, was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1880. She was one of the first African-American women to have one of her plays publicly performed, and was a prominent figure in the Harlem Renaissance. She died in New York City in 1958.

 

Date Published: 1923-01-01

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/puppet-player