6 Black female poets who give us life!
it’s national poetry month, and we couldn’t let this time fly by without giving a shout out to some of our fav poets!
Black women have honestly created a garden out of their spoken words, with sonnets and lines that are as soothing as our too easy collection. we can’t help but to be huge fans of these incredible poets!
we wanted to take this time to highlight some stunning Black female poets whose words make us feel a typeaway. enjoy the readings, fren:
we can’t thank this legend enough for showing us that Black women were meant to be phenomenal! from loving our 4C hair to adorning our Black skin, we’ve found pleasure in taking up space:
it’s in the click of my heels,
the bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
the need for my care.
cause i’m a woman
(read her full “Phenomenal Woman” poem here!)
won’t you celebrate with me
what i have shaped into
a kind of life? i had no model.
born in babylon
both nonwhite and woman
what did i see to be except myself?
i made it up
here on this bridge between
starshine and clay,
my one hand holding tight
my other hand; come celebrate
with me that everyday
something has tried to kill me
and has failed.
we’re making sure to give this poet her flowers while she’s still here with us! this poem reminds us especially of the community we’ve built with all of our 4C ONLY frens and honeys:
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 the crowd seeking you
I went from the crowd seeking me
I went from the crowd forever
You came, too.
come thru, new school
our good sis shook the US with her powerful poem, performed at this year’s inauguration. we look forward to listening to everything else she has to say:
When day comes, we step out of the shade, aflame and unafraid.
The new dawn blooms as we free it.
For there is always light,
if only we’re brave enough to see it.
If only we’re brave enough to be it.
(read her full “The Hill We Climb” here!)
this Queen just gets it; every. single. time! we love her modern-storytelling on living as a Black woman:
Thank God for cab rides home,
cause tonight I’m gonna strip the spotlight.
Tonight I’m gonna turn off Frank Ocean.
Tonight I’m gonna take off the stilettos.
I’m gonna take off the turquoise rings.
I’m gonna take off the lipgloss,
and I’m gonna sleep naked,
not trying to be sexy,
just trying to be me.
(watch her full “Cab Rides and the Morning After” performance here!)
it's nice to find the beauty in simple things. this poet captures the sentiment perfectly:
i want a love that gives.
it’s okay if it’s a little rough around the edges,
they make knives for that.
i want a love that gives.
rooted in the knowledge of receiving back.
rooted in the intimacy of that.
(you can read more from Gabrielle Hickmon by copping her book, “sunny”, here!)
what poets are you currently reading or listening to? get us hip down below, fren!