Jimmy’s Blues: Selected Poems by James Baldwin

No man can have a harlot
for a lover
nor stay in bed forever
with a lie.
He must rise up
and face the morning sky
and himself, in the mirror
of his lover’s eye.


— From A Lover’s Question, Jimmy’s Blues: Selected Poems by James Baldwin

Baldwin had an incredible way with words. His poetry often goes under the radar but the richness of his Jimmy’s Blues collection is worth exploring.