Poems, Poems and More Poems
By Amy Fackler, Cultural Programs Manager
In commemoration of Women’s History Month and in anticipation of National Poetry Month in April, it seems fitting to pass along some notable works by renowned female poets posted this week by poets.org. The works represent a wide breadth of experience, background, and style. Here are 10 poems by 10 female authors:
“Blues” – by Elizabeth Alexander
“Alone” – by Maya Angelou
“Slight Tremor” – by Linda Gregerson
“The Weighing” – by Jane Hirshfield
“Where I Live” – by Maxine Kumin
“The Words Under the Words” – by Naomi Shihab Nye
“psalm” – by Alicia Ostriker
“City Lights 1961” – by Diane di Prima
“Don’t Let me Be Lonely [On the bus two women argue]” – by Claudia Rankine
“The Poem as Mask” – by Muriel Rukeyser
On a more local level, last year we posted video poetry readings of original works by representatives from Ghosts & Projectors, Big Tree Arts, and Idaho Writers Guild. Diane Raptosh, one of the featured poets, is a familiar face around Boise as she served as the city’s first poet laureate to help commemorate BOISE 150 throughout 2013.
Boise is fortunate to have a robust literary foundation as is evident from the work of the above organizations, as well as others, such as Boise State University and The Cabin. In addition, our local organizations often host poets from outside the area who infuse additional vitality to Boise’s scene.
For example, this past November the Department of Arts & History Intersection: Archives as Artistic Inspiration, an event featuring poet Kaia Sand along with artist Garrick Imatani and archivist Diana Banning to discuss how primary source material found in the City of Portland’s Archives inspired intriguing literary and visual artistic projects through an artists-in-residence program.
As reported in Dana Oland’s blog, poet Megan Levad will serve as the March artist in residence at Surel’s place. Check out her planned events as well as other poetry happenings in March, such as Big Tree Arts’ Slams of Steel (first Wednesdays) and Poetry Slam Delux (first and third Sundays) and Ghosts & Projectors’ Poetry Brothel on the Ides of March (15) at The Cabin.
In closing, I’d like to share with you a sampling of amateur works from our staff. Read at your own risk.
Atlanta School, By Karen Bubb
Sitting around fire,
sunlight fades slowly to black,
our cabins await.
To My Dad, By Terri Schorzman
So you say you like to fish
We like to eat them off a dish
Please cast your rod way out in the river
Just as long as we don’t eat liver!
DANDY, by Amy Fackler
Dandy are Dandy crackers
They’re also very good snackers.
If you’d like some Dandy today,
Just get down to the store – RIGHT AWAY
Dandy are for soup, too –
Dandy are just right for you.
Dandy are DANDY crackers!