Alright, folks, it's our second week for Roll Call and April is National Poetry Month so this week's assignment is all about poetry. Not a poetry reader, no problem, by the end of this exercise, you might not be inspired to write a poem but I'm hoping you will discover poets and a genre you'll want to explore more. Complete one or all of the following:
1) Post a poem by a woman of color. Your choice must be a poet who has written in the last forty years. Do your best to avoid the most anthologized, popular poets unless poetry is new terrority for you. In that case, check out why the popular poets are well loved.
2) Tell us why you like the poem you chose. Don't worry about the technical aspects of writing poetry, devices or forms. Give us your reader's response. How does it make you feel or what does it make you think about? What questions does it raise for you?
3) If you are a poetry reader and you can recommend a contemporary woman poet of color, who do you recommend and why? I would really love to hear about emerging or lesser known poets. Introduce us to poets from around the world.
Please remember to provide citation for the work you post. Provide links and interesting trivia if you like. Be creative.
For those of you who need a jumping off point, google these poets: Audre Lorde, Sonia Sanchez, Naomi Shiab Nye, Sandra Cisneros, Toi Derricotte, Lucille Clifton, Merle Collins, Maxine Kumin and Marilyn Nelson. I am purposely leaving off the one poet most of us know- Ms. Maya Angelou because if we know any famous black woman poet, we know Ms. Angelou. Remember the aim here is discovery. I realize I gave you a time frame, gender and limited it to women of color. Rather than see these terms as limits, consider it a focus especially if you have no idea where to begin.
Please create a post on your blog and leave a link here. Do check out other participants' posts and comment. You have a week. Looking forward to hearing what you enjoy.