Women In Words
In the words of Robert Frost, "Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."
Poetry and prose have been the language of the suppressed for centuries; words put together like pearls on a string – delicate and capable of turning the so-called ‘ordinary’ into pretty. Here is a brief list of the strongest, most powerful poets who write for the strength of women everywhere.
Possibly the greatest poet ever, acknowledged for her effortlessly beautiful writing, her words are capable of stirring up revolutions. She wrote in simple, unembellished words, but words with meanings so strong, they could move you to tears. Maya's writing stems from deep down, inspired and fuelled by her own painful personal experiences- a past that went from fry cook to sex worker to musical actor. She writes about racism, family, about the men who used her and the others who let her down.
"You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I'll rise."
"It’s no use
Mother dear, I
Can’t finish my
Soft as she is
She has almost
Killed me with
Love for that boy"
"You tell me to quiet down cause
My opinions make me less beautiful
But i was made with a fire in my belly
So i could not be put out
I was not made with a lightness in my tongue
So i could be easy to swallow
I was made heavy
Half blade and half silk
Difficult to forget but
Not easy for the mind to follow."
Poetry has the ability to stir up emotions locked deep down; it helps us relate with and express thoughts suppressed within us; and is one of the best mediums to address social issues.Do you have a poem you’d like us to share? Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org!