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“I’m not going to die, I’m going home like a shooting star.” The Narrative of Sojourner Truth Sojourner Truth and Olive Gilbert Ain’t I a Woman is posted here today in honor of Black History Month (February) and International Women’s Day (IWD), coming up on March 8. One of the many guises in which poetry presents itself:  American actress Alfrie Woodard delivers New Yorker Sojourner Truth‘s spontaneous speech, Ain’t I a Woman. Sojourner gave this… Read More

CHIRLANE McCAY is a writer and poet, a speechwriter and wife of New York City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio. She is also the mother of two children, Chiara and Dante. According to her bio on de Blasio’s website, “Chirlane began writing at a young age. In high school she discovered ways to use writing as a tool for activism. While studying at Wellesley College and the famed Radcliffe Publishing Course, Chirlane became… Read More

Now on to James Earl Jones and the poem of the day! Casey at the Bat was first published: June 3, 1888, San Francisco Examiner. A bio of Theyer, the author, is HERE and actor James Earl Jones’ bio is HERE. Casey at the Bat: A Ballad of the Republic Sung in the Year 1888 The outlook wasn’t brilliant for the Mudville nine that day: The score stood four to two, with but one inning… Read More

  A reading by Maya Angelou yesterday on Poetry Please brought her front and center in my mind.  How could we celebrate Black History Month and not include Maya Angelou? So here she is, not a conventional beauty, but a Beauty and a Refuge … wise and sassy Phenomenal Woman …     phenomenal |fəˈnämənəl| adjective 1 very remarkable; extraordinary 2 perceptible by the senses or through immediate experience: the phenomenal world. Pretty… Read More