Top 10 Posts of 2017

Paving My Author's Road Top 10 of 2017

First, let me say…

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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2017 comes to an end this weekend. And it has been a doozy year of epic, history making proportions. For example, #MeToo, the fires on the west Coast. The devastation of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands after hurricane Irma and Maria. Black women being responsible for voting in Doug Jones, etc.

Before I begin this year’s countdown of popular blog posts on my blog, let’s first take a moment of silence….

Now which posts has made my top ten in 2017? Let’s start our countdown, from least to most views, with #10:

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30 Days of Poetry Love- Rita Dove

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Happy poetry month day fourteen. And thank you for listening to the poetry of this week’s poetess. Hope you’ll continue to stay tune for more for the next two.

Today’s final poem of the week from Rita Dove is Transit. A poem dedicated to a Theresienstadt concentration camp survivor.

30 Days of Poetry Love- Rita Dove

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Happy poetry month day 13! We’re almost half way through. And today’s poem is about a woman anyone who’s a fan of Gone with the Wind movie. Do you recall the name of the actress who played Mammy?

Hattie McDaniel, born in 1895 and the youngest of 13 children from former slaves. She’d later became the first African-American to win an Oscar in 1940 for her role as Mammy. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1952 and died on October 26, 1952. And in 1975 she was inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame.

Hattie McDaniel Arrives at the Coconut Grove by Rita Dove

30 Days of Poetry Love – Rita Dove

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Happy day twelve!

This week’s featured poetess is Rita Dove. And the poem I’m sharing today is “Fox.” The poem had me with the beginning lines:

 

She knew what

she was and so

was capable

of anything

anyone

could imagine.

 

And then blew me away and smiling, with the last lines of the poem:

 

which was enough

for her,

which was more

than any man

could handle.
You can read the full poem at the Poetry Foundation.

I tried to find a reciting of the poem by Rita Dove herself, alas I couldn’t.