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    watercolor of jazz band by Julian Peters

    Langston Hughes’s “Juke Box Love Song”

    A Visual Interpretation

    By Julian Peters

    February 1, 2021
    • Vicki

      Such a beautiful poem and beautiful, amazing art!!! Thank you so much!

    • Chris

      Oh so beautiful. Thank you. My soul is touched

    Juke Box Love Song by Langston Huges, illustrated by Julian Peters: I could take the Harlem night and wrap around you / Take the neon lights and make a crown
    Take the Lennox Avenue busses, taxis, subways, and for your love song tone their rumble down.
    Take Harlems heartbeat, make a drumbeat, put it on a record, let it whirl,
    And while we listen to it play, dance with you till day – dance with you, my sweet brown Harlem girl.

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    From Poems to See By: A Comic Artist Interprets Great Poetry by Julian Peters

    “Juke Box Love Song” from The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes, edited by Arnold Rampersad and David Roessel (New York: Knopf, 1994). Copyright © 1994 by the Estate of Langston Hughes. Used by permission of Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, and by permission of Harold Ober Associates. All rights reserved.

    Contributed By JulianPeters Julian Peters

    Julian Peters is an illustrator and comic book artist living in Montreal, Canada, who focuses on adapting classical poems into graphic art. His work has been exhibited internationally and published in several poetry and graphic art collections.

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