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Toomer was influenced by poets William Blake and Walt Whitman and the artistic genius of novelist Ja

Toomer was influenced by poets William Blake and Walt Whitman and the artistic genius of novelist Ja

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Toomer was influenced by poets William Blake and Walt Whitman and the artistic genius of novelist  James Joyce. He associated with other black writers at the stylish salons hosted by Ethel Ray Nance  and Georgia Douglas Johnson. The support of editor Jessie Redmon Fauset encouraged Toomer to  publish poems, excerpts, sketches of Southern life, and short fiction. His stark picture of Southern  segregation powered Cane, an experimental three-part study of black identity and citizenship in the  United States. The work, set in Georgia, enlarges on Afro-centrism and prefigures the vast black  migration to Chicago, Washington, D.C., and other northeastern urban centers and the "black is  beautiful" movement of the 1960s and 1970s. The mixed-genre text contains verse, sketches,  commentary, and drama. Its inventiveness earned him a place at the Harlem symposium of young 
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