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”

 

30 Days of Poetry Love – Elizabeth Acevedo

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Happy day twenty of poetry month! There’s ten days left which means there’s one more poetess to feature. As well as four more individual poets to feature over the weekend.

In the meantime, I hope you’ll enjoy today’s poem by Elizabeth Acevedo. These lines gave me the chills:

Do you know how many years

Women like me have been

equally afraid of both

Hangings and hangers

An Open Letter to the Protestors Outside the Planned Parenthood

30 Days of Poetry Love – Rachel Wiley

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Happy poetry month day eight!

Decades ago the standard of beauty has changed from what we now know it today. Today, thin is in. But back in the day the epitome of beauty was a full-figured woman. Used to be that a woman with girth, meat on the bones, were desirable. Synonymous to health, wealth and fertility, at least it still is today in some parts of the world.

Here’s Rachel Wiley “Gorgon”:

What are your thoughts about beauty and thinness?  Over how SNL’s Leslie Jones couldn’t find anyone to dress her for a movie premier last year?