IWSG Day & Happy National Poetry Month!

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It’s the first Wednesday of the month and you know what that means. It’s IWSG Day! A day where writers blog hop. Sharing and talking and supporting each other on our writing journeys. Thanks for bringing us all together and creating this community, goes to ninja extraordinaire Alex Cavanaugh.

And thanks goes to the awesome co-hosts posting today: J.H. Moncrieff, Natalie Aguirre, Patsy Collins, and Chemist Ken!

Interested in joining us? Click on the badge above. Our Twitter hashtag and handle are #IWSG and @TheIWSG.

So what’s going on with me this month? Well duh, it’s April. And what do I do every April? Celebrate, share and spread the word about the greatness of poetry.

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2019 National Poetry Month poster, https://www.poets.org/national-poetry-month/form/poster-request-form

This poetry month, April 2019, is very special to me. Why? Because I finally found the poet I’d come across years ago. And wanted to share in previous poetry months but was unable to.

So let me introduce you to FreeQuency. Finally.

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http://www.freequencyspeaks.com/

Mwende Katwiwa, also known as FreeQuency, is a Kenyan immigrant. And last year’s Women of the World Poetry Slam winner. She’s also a social justice activist and advocates reproduction justice. Black Lives Matter and LGBTQ. She’s a TEDtalk host as well as serves as a member/coordinator in various youth groups.

Here’s her poem that actually gave me shivers and made me a fan, “The 7 Deadly American Sins.”

 

What do you think of the poem? Any part during her reading that gave you shivers? Are you celebrating poetry month this year? Ever came across a poem/poet that captivated you? Inspired and enlightened you? Changed your perspective? Changed you?

PS Don’t forget that Poem in Your Pocket Day is April 18. Here’s where you can go select and download a poem for your pocket.

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10 comments

  1. I enjoyed her poem. It’s strange I’ve never really been a fan of poetry, but I think it’s more the ‘old school’ idea of what was poetry that I don’t like. The spoken or lyrical poetry (I think that’s what it’s called) like the video you shared is much more moving to me. I can understand what the meaning is behind the words and I can connect. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Thanks Emaginette. Can’t believe it took me so long to find her and this particular poem. After a few key terms in a Google search and eureka I found it. Maybe this poetry month was the right time to share it.

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    • I also took a moment Monday to realize it was the first day of poetry month. Unlike the previous years I’ll be tweeting daily from past poetry month special posts a day.

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  2. Wow. Tear-jerking, and so powerful. That trial was a travesty. I guess I should stop being surprised at how biased and ridiculous the legal system is, but it never fails to amaze me.

    Thanks so much for sharing this. Sorry it took me so long to get here.

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