This well-known Negro poet needs no introduction to American poetry readers, nor to anyone interested in the contribution of the Negro to American letters. Cullen was the first, and many feel still the greatest of modern Negro poets. This collection of his own choice of the best of his verse shows again his unmistakable gift of lyricism, his romantic passion for his people. He has been greatly influenced by the Victorian romantics in style, but his material is essentially his own, his feeling authentic. It is good to have his verse collected and may widen his market considerably.