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Melissa Newman-Evans has crafted a powerful poem called “9 Things I Would Like to Tell to Every Teenage Girl.” The video embedded above features Walker’s performance at the 2015 National Poetry Slam.
Follow these links to listen to two more of Newman-Evans’ poems: “Advice From Cosmo” and “The Hurricane.” If you were given the opportunity, what advice and words of wisdom would you pass down to the younger generation?
Have you been following the United States presidential race? Crystal Valentine has crafted a poem called “Crystal Gets Taken in for Interrogation After Assassinating Donald Trump.” The video embedded above features her performance at the 2015 Individual World Poetry Slam.
Click on these links to listen to three more of Valentine’s works: “Black Privilege,” “Tempest,” and ‘A Voter’s Problem.” For more Donald Trump-themed videos, follow these links to watch “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Trump (Grinch Parody)” and “Donald Trump Children’s Book (ghost written by Jimmy Kimmel).” Have you ever created politically-inspired art work?
How do you deal with moments of loneliness? Iain Kohn has crafted a powerful poem to address this topic called “Terrified of People.”
The video embedded above features Kohn’s recitation at the Get Lit Classic Slam. Click here to watch a collaborative poetry performance featuring Kohn, Pathum Madigapola, and Khamal Iwuanyanwu.
Have you ever encountered issues with body image? Rachel Wiley has crafted a powerful poem to address this topic called “For Fat Girls Who Considered Starvation When Bulimia Wasn’t Enough.”
The video embedded above features Wiley’s performance at the 2015 Individual World Poetry Slam. Follow these links to listen to three more of her poems: “10 Honest Thoughts on Being Loved by a Skinny Boy,” “Dry Cake Wishes and Tap Water Dreams,” and “Mary The Elephant.”
Do you find it difficult to be truthful with yourself? Rudy Francisco tested this out with a piece he crafted called “My Honest Poem.”
The video embedded above features his performance at a “Button Poetry Live” event. Follow these links to listen to three more of his poems: “Lopsided,” “Complainers,” and “Adrenaline Rush.”
Amber Tamblyn, a Hollywood actress, has crafted a poem called “Untitled Actress.” The video embedded above features her performance at Art Share LA.
In the past, Tamblyn has written and published three poetry books. Follow these links to listen to three more of her pieces: “Dear Demographic,” “Jane Doe,” and “When.”
Sara Brickman has crafted a poem called “Talking Shit to Sadness.” The video embedded above features her performance at the 2015 National Poetry Slam.
For more poems by this writer, follow these links to listen to three more of her pieces: “Letter from the Water at Guantanamo Bay,” “Crazy Girls,” and “Mirror.” How do you react in times of sorrow?
This month the Poetry Sisters have been working on producing Etheree poems.
This form consists of ten lines; and the poems grow by add one syllable to each line. There are no rhymes. Trisha got us started early in the month by posting about the form on here Monday Poetry Stretch. I submitted my first poem there, and then later worked on a few others. You might be able to tell I am in the fall
Shuck, Kim (Tsalagi, Sauk/Fox, Polish), Smuggling Cherokee. Greenfield Review Press, 2005; grades 7-up Smuggling Cherokee is full of powerful insight: part autobiography, part musing, part outrageous wit, and part punch-in-the-gut startling. Kim Shuck is a visionary: she knows who she is, what she comes from, and what she’s been given to do. Her poems are honest and passionate, and, without polemic, will shatter just about every stereotype about Indians that anyone has ever espoused: The man asks me,/ “Do you speak Cherokee?”/ But it’s all I ever speak/ The end goal of several generations of a/ smuggling project./ We’ve slipped the barriers,/ Evaded border guards./ I smile,/ “Always.” Some of Kim’s poems are tenderly, achingly beautiful: The water I used to drink spent time/ Inside a pitched basket/ It adopted the internal shape/ Took on the taste of pine/ And changed me forever. And for those who didn’t know, or didn’t care to know, the many faces of depredation: Who lost track of my ancestor Who didn’t cut deeply enough Into my great-great grandfather’s chest to kill clean. Wield it against others with equal skill. Will the boarding school officer come up? The one who didn’t take my Gram Because of her crippled leg. No use as a servant – such a shame with that face… Finally the shopkeeper’s wife Who traded spoiled cans of fruit For baskets that took a year each to make. Thank you, Faith, for not poisoning Blankets for each of you, Smuggling Cherokee, as with all of Kim Shuck’s poems, will resonate with Indian middle and high school readers. Students who are not Indian may not “get” some of them the first time around, but they will, eventually, if given the space to sit with them. Kim Shuck—a poet, teacher, fine artist and parent of at least three—teaches college courses in Native Short Literature, creates phenomenal beadwork and basketry, curates museum collections, teaches origami to young children as an introduction to geometry, grows vegetables, converses with trees, takes long walks, and meditates while doing piles of laundry. She won the Native Writers of the Americas First Book Award for Smuggling Cherokee, as well as the Diane Decorah Award for Poetry, she has a fierce and gentle heart, and I’m honored to call her “friend.” (Note: Smuggling Cherokee can be ordered from email@example.com. Discount for class sets, free shipping.)
How do you cope with the nervousness and uncertainty that accompanies anxiety? Brenna Twohy crafted a poem in response to this question called “Anxiety: A Ghost Story.”
The video embedded above features Twohy’s performance at the 2015 National Poetry Slam. Click on these links to hear two more of her pieces: “In Which I Do Not Fear Harvey Dent” and “Another Rape Poem.”
How do you sort out your feelings in response to controversial issues? Anthony McPherson decided to create a poem called “All Lives Matter: 1800s Edition.”
The video embedded above features Roche’s performance at the 2015 Individual World Poetry Slam. Follow these links to listen to three more of McPherson’s pieces: “Genesis,” “Checkmate,” and “King TuT.”
How do you deal with body image issues? Blythe Baird decided to create a poem called “When the Fat Girl Gets Skinny.”
The video embedded above features Baird’s performance at the 2015 National Poetry Slam. Follow these links to listen to three more of her pieces: “She Doesn’t Need to See the Menu,” “Girl Code 101,” and “Skirt Steak Girls.”
In the wake of the tragedy that has struck Paris, one blogger has decided to craft a poem and share her feelings with the world. Karuna Ezara Parikh has written a piece that has gone viral on the internet.
Parikh’s piece expresses criticism for the lack of attention that the tragedies of Beirut and Baghdad has received. She publicized her moving poem on three social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We’ve showcased the full piece in the Instagram post embedded above—what do you think?
While Parikh does acknowledge that Paris is a city that is beloved by many people, she also feels that “it’s time to pray for humanity. It is time to make all places beloved. It’s time to pray for the world.” (via The Huffington Post)
Sarah Kay and Phil Kaye, two spoken word poets and the co-directors of the Project V.O.I.C.E. organization, collaborated on a piece called “When Love Arrives.” The video embedded above features their performance at Inner City Arts in Los Angeles.
For more poems by these two writers, follow these links for to listen to Kay’s “The Type” and Kaye’s “Repetition.” How do you respond when you find romantic love?
Rapper Nicki Minaj (pictured, via) recently recited the verses of another: the famous poem “Still I Rise” by the late Maya Angelou. Follow this link to read the poem in its entirety.
The video embedded above features the hip hop artist’s performance at an A&E television special called Shining A Light: A Concert for Progress on Race in America. Click here to watch a video with Angelou’s own reading of “Still I Rise.” (via BuzzFeed)
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Our poetry project for this month, cats and kittens, is to create a "Found Poem". This type of poem is drawn from text you find, or stumble over, in any context, that strikes you as rich in potential. Sometimes one can find irony, or humor, or surprising wisdom. Sometimes it's just fun.
I happened to run across an old copy of Norton's Anthology of American Literature, vol. 1 on the library Free