Poetry Rejoicing / Poetry Ranting

Today, like every other day, we wake up empty
and frightened. Don’t open the door to the study
and begin reading. Take down a musical instrument.

Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.

– By Rumi
– Translated by Coleman Barks

Excerpt from ii. Improvisation

there is something caught in my throat
it is this place
my baby is sleeping
i check to see if she is alive
she does not know about gagging
she does not have this place / in her throat
she doesn’t know where we are
how it sears the membranes
eats the words right outta your mouth
leaves you suckin’ pollutants impotence
& failure/

– By Ntozake Shange

Published in: on February 10, 2007 at 7:35 am  Comments (3)  

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  1. […] my Saturday with a poetry post. It felt good, true, alive. And so this week I present you with two of my favorites. Published […]

  2. when they say it’s ove. Stacy Fabian.

  3. now we are fussing and now we are fightin. Jumana Fanni.


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