Presented without comment, because I’m too busy giggling, but edited so Kinja doesn’t eat the damn link:
I’m thinking about doing this weekly for the month of April. What say you all?
James David Corrothers was born in Michigan in 1869, James David Corrothers became an important literary figure in the 1890s. Corrothers grew up in South Haven, a southern Michigan town established by abolitionists, fugitive slaves, and free blacks during the years before the civil war. For a time he was the only…
Last night, I went to my writing group. Our prompt was poems about rivers. I wrote this, thinking of all that's gone on in the kinja-regions, and also what's been happening in the world outside our screen this week. It meant a lot to me to be able to share with the other writers in my group, and I'd like to share with…
One of the most widely-published and highly-acclaimed African American writers of her generation, poet, playwright and essayist June Jordan was also known for her fierce commitment to human rights and progressive political agenda. Over a career that produced twenty-seven volumes of poems, essays, libretti, and work…
Maker-of-Sevens in the scheme of things
From earth to star;
Thy cycle holds whatever is fate, and
Over the border the bar.
Though rank and fierce the mariner
Sailing the seven seas,
He prays as he holds his glass to his eyes,
Coaxing the Pleiades.
Presented without (mansplainy) comment.
Expect nothing. Live frugally
become a stranger
To need of pity
Or, if compassion be freely
Take only enough
Stop short of urge to plead
Then purge away the need.
Wish for nothing larger
Than your own small heart
Or greater than a star;
Tame wild disappointment
With caress unmoved and cold
No longer throne of a goddess to whom we pray,
Per request by Nappy.
"the mother" was first published in 1945, almost thirty years before the landmark court decision Roe v. Wade (which guaranteed women the right to have an abortion). By writing the poem, Brooks was taking on some heavy-duty political issues. The best explanation I've heard about the poem is this:
The really fascinating…
Background: Johnson was the youngest poet associated with the Harlem Renaissance. She came to New York in 1926, moving into the only mid-Manhattan apartment that allowed black tenants. There she met another tenant, Zora Neale Hurston, and the two quickly became friends.
Johnson's poetry is marked by an often lovely…
A little background: Toomer was born in 1894 and when he was 15, his mother died and he went to go live with his grandparents in Washington D.C. However, they had just relocated from a middle-class white neighborhood, where he spent his boyhood, to a black part of town. It was then that issue of race was brought home…
If there's one poem that boosts your self-confidence, it's this one.
Limericks! They are so much fun!
You, big lady, were the only Disney character who ever looked like me.
No, I respectfully disagree. My makeup is actually pretty good. You see, when I woke up this morning, I decided I wanted to look like