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The poem I want to share today is beautiful by Michelle Tea. I first became aware of Michelle Tea by trolling the wiki. I think I was looking at the queercore article and it led to her page. After this, I bought one of her books. It was an experience. It was slightly different but nice. I really like her writing. This poem was the second of her poems in the spoken word anthology. It's about America. I think it speaks to the experience many have us have of not being accepted because of things we can't control and the way our country views us. So without further ado.

http://fypoetry.tumblr.com/post/57349919343/michelle-tea-the-beautiful

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I recently bought a spoken word anthology edited by and featuring women. The poem that I'm posting is the first one and I really liked it! I like the way it flows and it's just gorgeous. I hope you guys enjoy.



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Today's second poem is from Maya Angelou. This one is Woman Work. I initially clicked on it because of the title. It reminds me of the song This Woman's Work by Kate Bush. But what made me post it here is the end. Woman's work seems to be thankless. People take it for a given even me. I think it deserves more appreciation because if no one did it then we'd all be fucked.

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I will put up the graphic but I wanted to link to this. I have a few more to post for this challenge.

Today I start with another Plath poem. To say that she has had an influence on me is an understatement. After I read Metaphors and looked at the composition behind it it inspired me to try counting syllables. It lead directly to my poem Birthday Cake/Sweet Sixteen which I consider to be one of my best. I really enjoy this poem and I hope you guys will too.

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So I've been looking at erotica these past few days. One of the names that keeps coming up is Anais Nin. I had heard of before but for her diaries. I've only found this poem by her but I feel like it speaks to me and my sexuality.

Risk

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I'm posting some poems today and this is a disclaimer: These poems are erotic They might not be explicit but they are definitely erotic. If you do not like these then please feel free to ignore these posts.

The first I want to post is by Lucille Clifton. I've posted a few of her poems before. I feel like Lucille speaks to me. I guess I would call her a poetic foremother. I feel like her poems are good for the soul. This particular poem speaks to me a midst my totally unadulterated love for my man.

Dark Moses

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Last night I started to think about Audre Lorde's poems. A line had stuck with me. "I am woman and not white." So I looked up her stuff because it was late and I did not want to go retrieve the collected poems. Here is A Woman Speaks.

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I recently acquired Edna St. Vincent Millay's collected poems. I saw Blight in the TOC and I flipped to it. I'm glad I did. I feel like it's talking to me. I have a lot of hate in my heart towards various individuals. I think I need to get rid of it. It would only make me feel better.

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I just got Aunt Lute's anthology of women writers in the US. This book focuses on the 17th-19th century. I looked through the table of contents and I saw Coquette et Froide. Need I say the title made me flip the page?

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For some reason I started to think about sonnets. I knew that Millay wrote them and I've been reading hers. Here's one of my favorites: Love is Not All

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I Am by John Clare. This poem reminds me a bit of my nostalgia about previous days. For a time when things weren't complicated.

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Today's poem is I Knew A Woman by Theodore Roethke. I had heard of him through Plath's admiration of him but it wasn't until today that I looked up his stuff. I really enjoyed this poem and I hope you do too.

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Today's poem is You by Angelina Weld Grimake. I really love this poem. There are two other poems on that page and I like those you but You is my favorite.

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Three Gwendolyn poems in a row. I like A Song in the Front Yard because I've felt similar. A song I wrote for writerverse reminds me of this. I've always wanted to be a 'bad girl' and I feel like this is what this poem is saying. I get tired of always being good and sometimes I just want to be 'bad.'

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The first poem of today is by Gwendolyn Brooks. I just cracked open her Selected Poems. I really them.

Sadie and Maud seems to me to be a warning. I think it's saying not to judge people because you never know how life is going to turn out. Like don't turn your nose up at other people because they didn't meet your expectations.

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The debate about abortion rages on here in America. I'm not offering my opinion but instead I'm offering this poem.

The Mother by Gwendolyn Brooks.

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I've been reading Alice Walker's In Search of Mothers Garden and it's gotten me more interested in her work. I had previously watched a bit of a documentary on her and it's the strangest thing but I feel like I can hear her talking directly to me as I read and it's a very comforting experience. I'm taking my time reading the book. I'm savoring it.

Anyway I just went looking for some of her poems. I love We Alone. I feel like it says a lot about interest and what not.

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I don't know when I exactly I became aware of Alice Dunbar. I remember reading a poem by Paul Dunbar and loving it. I probably clicked on her page on the Wiki.

But I've found myself become more interested in her life. I was googling her when I came across I Sit and Sew. I think it like it so much because it speaks to the limits that are placed on women. I feel like I'm not fully able to express myself or perhaps be as ambitious as I would like because it's unfeminine. I will obliged to be demure about my ambition but there are large and vast but I feel ashamed and I know I shouldn't but the feeling is still there.

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I was looking up adaptations and stuff based on Jane Eyre. I saw Aurora Leigh by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. I kept thinking about over the past day and I decided to look up some of her poems. I really like A Man's Requirements. It kinda reminds me of Captain Wentworth's letter.

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I wanted to post this. I had listened to his Why I Hate School but love education. I was looking for spoken word poems but I feel like this video is really important. I need to remember this and I think a lot of people need to watch it.






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