About Countee Cullen:
Countee Cullen was an American poet who was a leading figure in the Harlem Renaissance. (He pronounced his name "Coun-tay," not "Coun-tee.")
There is no secret to success except hard work and getting something indefinable which we call 'the breaks.' In order for a writer to succeed, I suggest three things - read and write - and wait.
Your love to me was like an unread book.
I have a rendezvous with life.
I was reared in the conservative atmosphere of a Methodist parsonage.
So in the dark we hide the heart that bleeds, And wait, and tend our agonizing seeds.
For we must be one thing or the other, an asset or a liability, the sinew in your wing to help you soar, or the chain to bind you to earth.
Yet do I marvel at this curious thing: To make a poet black, and bid him sing.
And if I please you so, my lover, Remember praise is comely.