30 Days of Poetry Love 2- Anthology- Langston Hughes

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Happy National Poetry Month! Can you believe there’s only 11 days left in April?

Wow.

Anyways, today’s poem from my favorite anthology is once again by Langston Hughes.

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Let America Be America Again” was written in 1935 during the Great Depression.

It’s a powerful poem about inequality and oppression. All the while, firm in the determination in making the American dream available to all. Truly a poem as relatable today as it was then. A timeless poem as no form of government is perfect. And have times where it failed, persecuted, marginalized and oppressed it’s own people.

I want to say it here and now. No matter your political/gender/racial/immigration/sexual stance. I will not allow or condone any slurs and bashing. Nor name calling, derogatory and negative speech against anyone in the comments.

Although, I’m not a religious person, I’m a firm believer in Ephesians 4:29. Basically, ‘if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything.’

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30 Days of Poetry Love 2 Anthology- Claude McKay

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Happy National Poetry Month Day 16!
Today’s favorite poem was emailed to me by Poem-A-Day last year. It’s by the poet Claude McKay who was born in Jamaica in 1889. And who later became the major influencer of  the Harlem Renaissance. Gaining the respect of young poets like Langston Hughes.

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Here’s his poem, After the Winter, which makes me think of the warm and better things to come after winter. As well as reminds me of my husband’s constant complaints of the cold winters. And his threats to go back home to sunny and warm Jamaica.

30 Days of Poetry Love 2- Anthology- Langston Hughes*

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It’s day 4 of National Poetry Month!

As you can see, I’ve only just posted poetry readings of my favorite poems, instead of the poem itself. I’d originally planned to embed the poems from Poets.org or Poetryfoundation.org. Unfortunately they didn’t appear on my blog as it should.

I’d love to feature the poem itself but I’m unsure about the copyright issues surrounding it. Which means, to err on the side of caution, my anthology will consist of poetry readings only. Which also means, I have to replan the anthology. As not every poem I’ll feature this month will have a reading available to share. In the meantime, I’ll also include links to where you can read the poem and more of the poet’s work. Continue reading

Inspiring Authors and Poets Part II

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I had planned to postpone part two of “Inspiring Authors and Poets” until next week. That was until I read a poem by poet, writer, commentator and educator Nikki Giovanni yesterday. So here’s a continuation from Monday’s post with some more poetry. 

Now I’m not as familiar with the poetry of Nikki Giovanni but this one blew me away. It’s a poem I can relate to, as I find it similar to Mother to Son by Langston Hughes. Mother to Son addresses the relationship between parent and child. As the parent teaches the child an important life lesson to not give up easily. 

Poem for Black Boys takes a different stance. As narrator, Nikki Giovanni addresses the constant bombardment of negative notions of black society/culture. As it’s directed towards black youth as if that way of life is the norm. You can read a brief review/deconstruction of the poem here. Continue reading