As I try to finish these poems, I know exactly why I didn’t finish these poems. They’re not bad. I’m just kind of stuck. They’re at parts that almost make the piece sound complete, but you just know they’re not. There’s a comfort and an anxiety to it. It’s like this is lovely, but how in the world am I going to finish this? How are the next couple of lines going to make this piece better?
That’s all folks. I’ll edit my NaNoWriMo novel in January. Wish me luck!
I thought my friend sent me one poem to read. Turns out it’s an extensive PDF file put together like a book. I love it!
On World AIDS Day, this poem, a remembrance, by Marie Howe.
Guante - “Ten Responses to the Phrase ‘Man Up’ “
"We teach boys how to wear the skin of a man, but we also teach them how to raise that skin like a flag and draw blood for it."
Two-time National Poetry Slam champion Guante, performing at Madame in Minneapolis.
FreeQuency - “Embracing Weakness”
"Like most stereotypes, the Strong Black Woman has her roots in slavery’s trees. Just another character written into the master’s mythology."
Performing at the 2013 Texas Grand Slam Poetry Festival.
Usman Hameedi - “Poem Postmarked for the Middle East”
"When your lover is the target, political terms have their face, bullets aimed at their skull."
Performing at the 2013 National Poetry Slam.
“I think there is a general misconception that you write poems because you ‘have something to say.’ I think, actually, that you write poems because you have something echoing around in the bone-dome of your skull that you cannot say. Poetry allows us to hold many related tangential notions in very close orbit around each other at the same time. The ‘unsayable’ thing at the center of the poem becomes visible to the poet and reader in the same way that dark matter becomes visible to the astrophysicist. You can’t see it, but by measure of its effect on the visible, it can become so precise a silhouette you can almost know it.”
“who taught you
value of a woman
is the ratio
of her waist
to her hips
and the circumference
of her buttocks
and the volume
of her lips?
– 'Greater than' by Della Hicks-Wilson (via dellahickswilson)