DuBose Heyward on Charleston

The Battery

They tell me she is beautiful my city
That she is colorful and quaint alone
Among the cities. But I, I who have known
Her tenderness, her courage and her pity;
Have felt her forces mold me, mind and bone.
Hers are the eyes I look on life
And find it brave and splendid. And the stir
Of hidden music shaping all my songs
And these, my songs, my all belong to her.

-DuBose Heyward

 

Edwin DuBose Heyward (August 31, 1885 – June 16, 1940) was a white American author best known for his 1925 novel Porgy. This novel was the basis for the play by the same name (which he co-authored with his wife Dorothy) and, in turn, the opera Porgy and Bess with music by George Gershwin. Heyward was born in 1885 in Charleston,South Carolina.

The poet and playwright Langston Hughes said Heyward was one who saw “with his white eyes, wonderful, poetic qualities in the inhabitants of Catfish Row that makes them come alive.”[3]

 

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I was called to be an artist. And as an old old midwife said to me "If the Lord wants you to do something, you won't have no good luck' til you do." So, here I am, sharing what I love, longing to illuminate the work of art, which is everywhere.

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3 comments on “DuBose Heyward on Charleston
  1. pinkney says:

    “white eyes” …. hummmm.

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Welcome to my blog about the Lowcountry of South Carolina, a place proud with beauty, history and art. Sometimes we feel a call, to be, to go, to do. I was called to be an artist, and as an old midwife from Alabama said, “If the good Lord wants you to do something, you won’t have no good luck until you do it.”

So here I am writing about what I know, about the 'under glimmer' as the poet Basho, says, the way I have learned to see, to notice. I am inspired by, and talking about the history and art and culture of this place that has called me to herself. By the ancestors.

My background includes a degree in fine arts from a small private college in Florida, and before that, four years of all girls' boarding school in Asheville. I worked as a professional photographer, helped my children grow up, and now and I love seasoned things, good food, better conversation, beauty, my beloved and beautiful Italian Greyhound, Beau. Moved by the sacred places and stories of this beautiful historic land called the Lowcountry, I am here in spirit and I hope to infect you with my love of this place.

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