Celebrate Black Poets-Amiri Baraka

An Agony. As Now. I am inside someone who hates me. I look out from his eyes. Smell what fouled tunes come in to his breath. Love his wretched women. Slits in the metal, for sun. Where my eyes sit turning, at the cool air the glance of light, or hard flesh rubbed against me, [...]

Celebrate Black Poets-Maya Angelou

Alone by Maya Angelou Lying, thinking Last night How to find my soul a home Where water is not thirsty And bread loaf is not stone I came up with one thing And I don't believe I'm wrong That nobody, But nobody Can make it out here alone. Alone, all alone Nobody, but nobody Can [...]

Celebrate Black Poets-Nikki Giovanni

You Came, Too by Nikki Giovanni I came to the crowd seeking friends I came to the crowd seeking love I came to the crowd for understanding I found you I came to the crowd to weep I came to the crowd to laugh You dried my tears You shared my happiness I went from [...]

Celebrate Black Poets-Paul Laurence Dunbar

The Paradox by Paul Laurence Dunbar I am the mother of sorrows,    I am the ender of grief; I am the bud and the blossom,    I am the late-falling leaf. I am thy priest and thy poet,    I am thy serf and thy king; I cure the tears of the heartsick,    When I come near they [...]

Celebrate Black Poets-Alice Walker

Expect Nothing by Alice Walker Expect nothing. Live frugally On surprise. become a stranger To need of pity Or, if compassion be freely Given out Take only enough Stop short of urge to plead Then purge away the need. Wish for nothing larger Than your own small heart Or greater than a star; Tame wild [...]

American History by Michael S. Harper

In addition to Poetry Corner Wednesdays, for the month of February in honor of Black History Month, I will be sharing poetry from black poets through history and current history. Please feel free to share any of your favorites in the comments section. American History by Michael S. Harper Those four black girls blown up in [...]