Tag Archives: Black History Month

Word Cloud: TRANSFORMATION

by NONA BLYTH CLOUD What’s in a name? Names are a symbol for who we are, but sometimes a birth name can feel like a once-warm coat we’ve outgrown: a little shabby, and tight in all the wrong places. So … Continue reading

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Word Cloud: CONVERSATION

by NONA BLYTH CLOUD There is a strong tradition of women in America being involved in social justice movements. The Abolitionist, Women’s Rights and Civil Rights movements all have notable women in their histories. So it should be no surprise … Continue reading

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Word Cloud: PORTRAITS

by Nona Blyth Cloud For the second week of Black History Month, we have poets from different backgrounds, generations, and even one from a different continent. What they share are vivid imaginations that translate into memorable word pictures. _______________________________________ Camille … Continue reading

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Word Cloud: DREAM

by NONA BLYTH CLOUD February is Black History Month in the United States. When Martin Luther King Jr. made his famous speech, “I Have a Dream,” in 1963, he wasn’t the first African-American to talk about a dream for a … Continue reading

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Poem for Black History Month

I, Too by Langston Hughes I, too, sing America. I am the darker brother. They send me to eat in the kitchen When company comes, But I laugh, And eat well, And grow strong. Tomorrow, I’ll be at the table … Continue reading

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Word Cloud: PROFANITY

by NONA BLYTH CLOUD Please take this week’s title as a warning. If you find profanity offensive, this installment of Word Cloud is one you may want to skip. An article I skimmed for this week’s post was called Poets Nobody Reads, which … Continue reading

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Word Cloud: ESSENCE

by NONA BLYTH CLOUD Essence – ‘the indispensable quality of something that determines its character’ – I consider it poetry’s holy grail. Taking language down to just the exact words needed, eliminating anything that could distract from what’s essential. Lucille Clifton (1936-2010) is a master of essence. … Continue reading

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