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12 poems to read for Black History Month on Poets.org

Black History Month is nearly over and there are so many important poems to help us celebrate and remember. This list of 12 poems by Poets.org is a great start. 81 more words


Mother says there are locked rooms inside all women; kitchen of lust,

bedroom of grief, bathroom of apathy.

Sometimes the men – they come with keys,

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Our Moon has Blood Clots - Rahul Pandita

An interesting part of  the experience of reading this book was that I had just finished reading Curfewed Night by Basharat Peer. So it was an engaging exercise to see how one account filled another’s ellipses, and points where the two converge and diverge. 947 more words


Last Week's Reading: January 29-February 4

The Constitution of the United States: It seemed like a good time to give this a thorough re-read. Highly recommended.

The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Eye: Five Fairy Stories… 453 more words

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you only leave home/when home won't let you stay

“….as protests against Trump’s refugee ban took place around the world, two phrases popped up on demonstrator’s signs, banners and social media over and over again: ‘no one leaves home unless/ home is the mouth of a shark’ and ‘you have to understand/ that no one puts their children in a boat/ unless the water is safer than the land.’

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Home by Warsan Shire

Try reading this poem out loud without your voice breaking.


by Warsan Shire

no one leaves home unless
home is the mouth of a shark… 578 more words