Foreward to Fire!!

by Wallace Thurman and Langston Hughes

FIRE … flaming, burning, searing, and penetrating

far beneath the superficial items of

the flesh to boil the sluggish blood. …

FIRE … weaving vivid, hot designs upon an ebon

bordered loom and satisfying pagan

thirst for beauty unadorned… and

flesh is sweet and real… the soul

an inward flush of fire…Beauty

…flesh on fire—on fire in the

furnace of life blazing. …

"Fy-ah,

Fy-ah, Lawd,

Fy-ah gonna burn ma soul!"