I forgot the Poetry Saturday last weekend, when I was on my 4th of July vacation. In belated celebration of Independence Day, here is one by Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes.
Let America Be America Again
Let America be America again.
Let it be the dream it used to be.
Let it be the pioneer on...
Sherman Alexie is a Native American novelist, screenwriter, poet, and filmaker, and author of the best-titled story collection ever: The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven.
On the Amtrak from Boston to New York City
The white woman across the aisle from me says ‘Look,
look at all the history,...
Suicide of a Moderate Dictator
This is a day when truths will out, perhaps;
leak from the dangling telephone earphones
sapping the festooned switchboards’ strength;
fall from the windows, blow from off the sills,
—the vague, slight unremarkable contents
of emptying ash-trays; rub off on our fingers
Deborah Garrison lives in New York and has edited poetry for The New Yorker and Alfred A. Knopf. This is from her awesome, and awesomely-titled collection A Working Girl Can’t Win.
Please Fire Me
Here comes another alpha male,
and all the other alphas
are snorting and pawing,
Canadian writer Margaret Atwood is best known for her unabashedly feminist, woman-centric novels like The Handmaid’s Tale and Cat’s Eye. She’s also an activist—particularly for environmental issues and freedom of speech and the press—a literary critic, and has published...
In case you need an antidote to Valentine’s Day, from a Nobel Prize winner.
Love After Love
The time will come
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror
and each will smile at the other’s welcome,
and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the...
Don’t make me choose between these two beautiful love poems by women.
One is ancient, by a Roman poetess, and the other by contemporary Irishwoman. The older poem treats a memory of a straight relationship, the newer one…leaves room for lots of imagination.
First, a work by Sulpicia (circa...
Thanks to commenter Mackey for suggesting this poem by Australian Aboriginal poet Oodgeroo Noonuccal.
Gumtree in the city street,
Hard bitumen around your feet,
Rather you should be
In the cool world of leafy forest halls
And wild bird calls
Here you seems to me
Like that poor cart-horse
I cut this out of The Oxford American last year and stuck it on my fridge.
Great Southern Cooks
1. Laura Etta Benson
I’d give anything to make blackberry cobbler
like you do
Well, you just take
your crust and then put
your blackberries with it.
2. Charlie Mae Morgan
A poem about New Year’s, 1900, and the transition between the Victorian age and the modern one. (I usually find Hardy’s work extremely depressing, but I love the last verse of this poem).
The Darkling Thrush
I leant upon a coppice gate
When Frost was spectre-gray,
And Winter’s dregs...
Born in 1952, Rita Dove is the second African-American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (after Gwendolyn Brooks), and has twice served as Poet Laureate of the United States.
Lest the wolves loose their whistles
and shopkeepers inquire,
keep moving, though your knees flush
red as two...
Thanks to Vanessa Valenti for sending us some amazing feminist poetry from On the Issues Magazine. (More at the link)
What Women Deserve
Culturally-diversified biracial girl with
a small diamond nose ring and a pretty smile
poses besides the words
“Women Deserve Better”.
and I almost let her non-threatening...