Poem: won’t you celebrate with me

Poem: won’t you celebrate with me

Black History Month: February won’t you celebrate with me Lucille Clifton, 1936 – 2010 won’t you celebrate with me what i have shaped into a kind of life? i had no model. born in babylon both nonwhite and woman what did i see to be except myself? i made it up...
Poem: For My People

Poem: For My People

Black History Month: February For My People Margaret Walker For my people everywhere singing their slave songs      repeatedly: their dirges and their ditties and their blues  and jubilees, praying their prayers nightly to an unknown god, bending their knees humbly to...
Poem: Middle Passage

Poem: Middle Passage

Black History Month: February  Middle Passage Robert Hayden   I Jesús, Estrella, Esperanza, Mercy: Sails flashing to the wind like weapons, sharks following the moans the fever and the dying; horror the corposant and compass rose. Middle Passage: voyage through death...
Poem: Lyric for a day like today

Poem: Lyric for a day like today

Claudia Castro Luna becomes Washington’s next poet laureate on February 1, 2018. She was the Seattle Civic Poet from 2015-2017. Her new book Killing Marias: A Poem for Multiple Voices is now available. You can follow her on Twitter at @ClaudiaC_L Lyric for a day like...
Poem: Phenomenal Woman

Poem: Phenomenal Woman

Black History Month: February Phenomenal Woman Maya Angelou Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size But when I start to tell them, They think I’m telling lies. I say, It’s in the reach of...
Poem: Love after Love

Poem: Love after Love

published on Derek Walcott’s birthday — Jan. 23, 1930. Love after Love Derek Walcott   The time will come when, with elation you will greet yourself arriving at your own door, in your own mirror and each will smile at the other’s welcome, and say,...