Injustice / Poetry / Racism / Sexuality/Gender / World speaking out

3 strong women and their bold poetry that just says it how it is

The Joys of Motherhood – FreeQuency “…who will see criminal before child… I can’t take it for granted that they won’t kill my son… there’s something about being Black in America that has made motherhood sound like mourning …” Used – Shelby Birch “He called me a queen and I blushed, but it wasn’t because … Continue reading

Article / Humanity / Racism / Story / Thirdworld / Writing

40 Books by Oppressed People in 40 weeks

I’ve set a goal to read 40 novels or fiction/prose works (eg poetry, memoirs) by oppressed people by the end of this year (1 a week). This includes books by authors in thirdworld countries, women, sexually diverse authors, workers, indigenous peoples, people who face systemic racism, poor people, refugees and more. These people are, in … Continue reading

Injustice / Poetry / Racism / World speaking out

“White men who think their flat cold spiky words make the only reality.”

Languages on their own can be tools of power or resistance… Shailja Patel’s “Dreaming in Gujarati”: (excerpts) I am six in a playground of white children Darkie, sing us an Indian song! Eight in a roomful of elders all mock my broken Gujarati English girl! Through the years I watch Gujarati swell the swaggering egos of … Continue reading

Poetry / Racism / Thirdworld / World speaking out

Christmas was the ‘gift’ brought by the invasion to Latin America

Langston Hughes wrote this poem about Christmas 85 years ago, and it still matters. A U.S. based African-American activist and one of the innovators of Jazz Poetry, he promoted racial awareness, wrote novels, stories, poems and more. Merry Christmas, China From the gun-boats in the river, Ten-inch shells for Christmas gifts, And peace on earth … Continue reading

Poetry / Racism / World speaking out

Children were sold

Frances Harper (1825-1911), who campaigned against slavery and helped escaped slaves, wrote this poem. She also often read her poetry at public meetings – seeing creativity intricately linked into real life and struggles. The Slave Auction The sale began – young girls were there, Defenceless in their wretchedness, Whose stifled sobs of deep despair Revealed … Continue reading