Featured Poems

When Malindy Sings

Written In Dialect by Paul Laurence Dunbar and converted into Near-Standard English by Rev. Bill McGinnis, with MP3 reading. This page includes the texts and readings for both versions.

Sympathy – “I know why the caged bird sings”

Written in standard English, with MP3 reading.

An Ante-Bellum Sermon

NOTE: This is Dunbar’s poetic concept of a sermon which might have been given by a slave minister to a slave congregation, before the American Civil War freed all the slaves in the United States.
Written In Dialect by Paul Laurence Dunbar and converted into Near-Standard English by Rev. Bill McGinnis, with MP3 reading. This page includes the texts and readings for both versions.

Lead Gently Lord, And Slow

Written in standard English, with MP3 reading.

A Thanksgiving Poem

Written in standard English, with MP3 reading.