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Robert Hayden was an African-American black poet and professor who is best known as the author of poems, including “Those Winter Sundays” and “The Middle Passage.” He was the second black man inducted into The American Poets’ Corner at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in 2004. The Cathedral’s American Poets Corner is modeled on the Poets’ Corner at Westminster Abbey. No writers are entombed within the Cathedral, as is sometimes the case at Westminster Abbey; rather, stone tablets are carved with names, dates, and a line from each writer’s work. This link is a short biography from the American Poets’ Corner at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine that includes a selected bibliography of his work.
[Published Winter 2020]