Tag Archives: Black History Month

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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Word Cloud: EMPATHY

by NONA BLYTH CLOUD I’ve read a lot of statements by writers about writing, and they are all true, but many of them are only true for that one writer and their particular ‘process.’ I like this comment by Nikki … Continue reading

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