Waring Cuney (1906-1976)

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William Waring Cuney (May 6, 1906 - June 30, 1976) was the author of two collections of poetry, both published late in his career: Puzzles (1960) and Storefront Church (1973). He was born and raised in DC, and attended DC Public Schools, Howard University, and Lincoln College in Pennsylvania. When he was 18, his poem “No Images” won tied for first prizes in the Opportunity Magazine poetry contest. Some of his poetry was recorded by Josh White as “Southern Exposure” or set to music by Al Haig and Nina Simone. “No Images” is said to be just as relevant today as it speaks to the oppressed people of society. It is one of the most anthologized poems in African-American literature.

http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/william-waring-cuney Beltway Poetry Quarterly: http://www.beltwaypoetry.com/poetry/poets/names/cuney-waring/ DC Writers’ Homes: http://dcwriters.poetrymutual.org/pages/cuney.html

written by Word Works intern Monica Root, September 2013, edited by Kim Roberts, December 2013

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