Friday, January 27, 2017

Poetry + Protests + Postcards

As many of you can relate, recent days, weeks, months have put me in a morose mood (understatement). Last Friday, I could not and would not engage in any way with the In*UGH*uration. Instead I went to the library and was lucky enough to find this gem of a book:

Indivisible: Poems for Social Justice 
Edited by Gail Bush and Randy Meyer
2013 Norwood House Press, Chicago

Inside this book is a treasure trove of important poems. Flipping through the pages I found a poem by Langston Hughes that I thought was particularly poignant after the speech given at the In*UGH*uration:


Misery
by Langston Hughes

Misery is when you heard
on the radio that the neighborhood
you live in is a slum but
you always thought it was home.

On January 21st I participated in the Women's March, Tucson. It was an amazing experience to feel the solidarity.

And for the last month, my mailbox has been very happy as I have received several New Year Poetry Postcards. Thank you to Jone Rush MacCulloch for organizing the Exchange!

From Brenda Davis Harsham I received a delightful Penguin Play poem complete with artwork by her daughter Anna!
  









From Diane Mayr I received a Happy New Year greeting in Japanese: Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu! with an expertly crafted haiku:












From Linda Mitchell I receive two lovely butterfly postcard poems - my heart took flight!







And from Jan Godown Annino I received a "sign" about books postcard poem!









So much goodness. My heart is full, but not too full to enjoy this week's Poetry Friday roundup hosted by Carol Varsalona at Beyond LiteracyLink.

34 comments:

  1. It's wonderful to see how much support is coming out of the kidlit and poetry communities. We are really holding each other in the light.

    I'm going to share "Indivisible" -- looks great.

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    1. Thank you, Laura! Yes, light is what we all need these days and to remain "indivisible". =)

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  2. Brilliant poem by a brilliant, compassionate, socially active artist! Thank you Bridget 😀

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    1. Thank YOU, Joe! I appreciate your love and support. =)

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  3. Touched by that Langston Hughes poem. The postcards are so much fun to receive, aren't they? Hugs to you.

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    1. Thanks, Tabatha! Yes, Hughes is a timeless spokesperson for all of us. And the postcards arriving all month were a delight - nothing better than receiving a poem in the mail! =)

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  4. What a perfect find. I've never heard that poem. It's perfect isn't it. I wonder if my library has that book...

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    1. Thanks, Liz! I hope your library has it! So many amazing poems in it, Hughes resonated with me given the speech that was given the day I read it. Love serendipity. =)

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  5. The Hughes poem is indeed perfect!! And inUGHuration is a perfect way to describe last week's fiasco.

    Nice to see the fun postcards. It all helps. The PF community is the best! Great to hear that you marched, too. :)

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    1. Thanks, Jama! Yes, poetry is the only way to deal with the unfolding fiasco. Postcards make me happy as does marching in solidarity. =)

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  6. Love that poem by Langston Hughes. I've never written so many political poems in my life.

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    1. Thanks, Brenda, me either! This is a very different time in our history...scary. At least we have poetry and our voices and each other. =)

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  7. Your site is a refuge from the outside storms which continue to grow, thanks for all. Langston Hughes is a favorite of mine, and I particularly like your phrasing of the "In*UGH*ration." The Indivisible book looks great, I'll be looking for it!

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    1. Thank you, Michelle! Stormy indeed - thank goodness for Hughes and other poets, like YOU that help us all weather what is to come. *hugs* =)

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  8. I love this celebration of poetry not as an elitist or frivolous activity, but as a form of protest, revolt and expression. Our words will be our weapons.

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    1. Yes, Jane! Words are the only weapons I want to take up and also the most effective - but only the true ones (not the 'alternative facts'). =)

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  9. Fun and important and poignant all at the same time. Bravo. I found a Langston Hughes biography in my library book sale not too long ago. You make me want to pull it out and find more good stuff that is light we hold each other up with. Thanks for marching. Thanks for being there with all of us.

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    1. Thank you, Linda! Hughes' voice is just as relevant and poignant today as it ever was. Love your phrasing, "light we hold each other up with". =)

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  10. Wonderful poem by Langston Hughes, and much comfort from those lovely postcard--each one so special.

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    1. Thanks, Violet! Thank goodness for Hughes and other poets, like YOU that give each other comfort. =)

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  11. Bridget, your poem echoes the feeling of so many across the states. No matter where I look, it is the same sentiment that is being sent out. Solidarity! Thank you for raising your voice tonight.

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    1. Thank you, Carol! Solidarity in the name of love and truth and poetry! =)

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  12. I love your picture from the march, Bridget. Somehow those faces leap out to me. I guess they have from all the pics! What a week, and I just found the book at my library. And love the postcards, have enjoyed receiving each one, lots better than bills and junk mail! Have a good weekend. We're all together in this fight!

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    1. Thank you, Linda! I'm so glad you found this book - it is a treasure and so serendipitous that I opened it when he-who-shall-not-be-named was speaking his vile rhetoric. Yay for postcards, too! And Yay for being in this resistance with poets like YOU! =)

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  13. Thank you for sharing all the poetry love. The Langston Hughes poem is spot on.

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    1. Thanks, Kay! Hughes was spot on about so many things. It is in his words and the many other poets' words, like YOU, that we will get through the unbelievable. =)

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  14. Hi Bridget! I love that Langston Hughes poem! So apropos. Thank you for marching. I, too, was absent on inUGHuration day. The whole kidlit community is holding me together, especially the poets! Blessings!

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    1. Thank you, BJ! I agree, the solidarity of the kidlit community - especially the poets - has been life saving. Blessings to you, too! =)

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  15. Thank you, Bridget - you are always a bright spot in the blogosphere! xo

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    1. Aw, thanks, Irene! Right back atcha! =)

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  16. What would we do without this poetry community to boost our spirits?! I appreciate everything you shared today, Bridget, but most especially that Langston Hughes poem.

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    1. Thank you, Michelle! Yes, indeed, what would we do? This community, YOU included, keeps me grounded and buoyed at the same time! =)

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