Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Poems by and about Black Women for a Fall 2013 course

What follows are the poems that we'll cover during the first half of the semester for one of my literature courses.

• "Still I Rise" by Maya Angelou
• "Phenomenal Woman" by Maya Angelou
• "kitchenette building" by Gwendolyn Brooks
• "a song in the front yard" by Gwendolyn Brooks
• "slaveship" by Lucille Clifton
• “I am New York City” by Jayne Cortez
• "Ego Tripping (there may be a reason why)" by Nikki Giovanni
• "Mother to Son" by Langston Hughes
• "Down and Out" by Langston Hughes
• "Sonnet to a Negro in Harlem" by Helene Johnson
• "Summer Words of a Sustuh Addict" by Sonia Sanechez
• “a/needed/poem for my salvation" by Sonia 
• "For My People" by Margaret Walker
• "Molly Means" by Margaret Walker
• "Kissie Lee"  by Margaret Walker
• "On Being Brought From Africa to America" by Phillis Wheatley

We'll cover the following poems during the second half of the semester:

• “The Venus Hottentot” By Elizabeth Alexander
• "wishes for sons" by Lucille Clifton
• "won't you celebrate with me" by Lucille Clifton 
• "homage to my hips" by Lucille Clifton
• "Raised by Women" by Kelly Norman Ellis 
• "I am a Black Woman" by Mari Evans
• "Soft Targets" by Essex Hemphill
• "Thirty Lines about the Fro" by Allison Joseph
• "Sonnet for a Good Mood" by Allison Joseph
• “Three Miles" by Allison Joseph
• “The Black Statue of Liberty” by jessica Care moore
•"Project Princess" by Tracie Morris
• "ode to my blackness" by Evie Shockley
• "Hip-Hop Ghazal" by Patricia Smith
• "Song No. 2" by Sonia Sanchez
• "My Truth and My Flame" by Margaret Walker 
• "Femme Fatale" by Kevin Young

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