Fuel Your Activism with Poetry This National Poetry Month

  • Week of April 8, 2018

April is National Poetry Month and poetry has always fueled resistance movements. We know that the justice to Trump will be poetic. Until then, all-of-us must take solace in the words of our poets. This week we would like to honor Gwendolyn Brooks, one of the most influential poets of the 20th-century and the first black author to win the Pulitzer Prize. Brooks’ works reflect the injustice during the civil rights movement, much of which exists today. To all the crazy activists reading this, we hope that this one inspires you:

The Crazy Woman

I shall not sing a May song.

A May song should be gay.

I'll wait until November

And sing a song of gray.

I'll wait until November

That is the time for me.

I'll go out in the frosty dark

And sing most terribly.

And all the little people

Will stare at me and say,

"That is the Crazy Woman

Who would not sing in May."

All-of-us must refuel our spirits with poetry so that we can sing (songs of joy) on Election Day this November!

Here’s how:

1 Read more of Gwendolyn Brooks’ work here.

2 Read these resistance poems.

3 Write your own poem and send it to us at contact@wall-of-us.org. If it moves us, we will (with your permission) publish it in next week's posts along with some we have already received!