30 Days of Poetry Love- Sierra DeMulder

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Happy 24th day of poetry month!

This week’s final poetess is Sierra DeMulder.

Sierra DeMulder is a two time National Poetry Slam champion. She’s the curriculum director of the Slam Camp at Indiana University. And one of the founders of Button Poetry.

Paper Dolls

30 Days of Poetry of Love – Danez Smith

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Happy poetry month day 23!

Today’s poet is a new favorite, Danez Smith.

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Born in St. Paul, MN, Danez Smith is a black, gay poet and spoken word performer. Smith is the founding member of Dark Noise Collective. A two time Individual World Poetry Slam finalist. And three time Rustbelt Poetry Slam Champion.

the bullet was a girl

30 Days of Poetry Love- Staceyann Chin

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Happy day 22 of National Poetry Month! Can you believe that there’s only eight days left?
Today’s poet is Staceyann Chin.

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Born in Jamaica to a black mother and Chinese father in 1972. She left Jamaica because of homophobic persecution and has made her home in New York. She is a spoken word poet, performing artist and LGBT political rights activist.

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30 Days of Poetry Love – Elizabeth Acevedo

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Happy Friday and poetry month! Today’s and final poem from this week’s poetess is as interesting as is powerful.

Before moving to Virginia, I was born and raised in NYC. So, I saw these creatures and made it a point, to stay far, far away from them. I mean, they’re rats. Germ infested, garbage and sewers living, big enough to attack a cat or dog rats. Rats equaled to bubonic plague. They were ignoble vermin. But whoa, after listening to Elizabeth Acevedo’s “Rat Ode,” I have to admit they’re admirable. Plus, it’s a kickass analogy.

Elizabeth Acevedo “Rat Ode”