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...