Today is World Poetry Day - the perfect time to confess my profound love of poetry. Its language and imagery reinforces in me a sense of belonging amidst our differences, and its meter, rhythm, and dynamic phrasing explode my mind with fresh voices and new perspectives.
In celebration of “the oldest form of readable and understandable human language”, and to continue to honor Women's History Month, I am sharing the poem Won’t You Celebrate With Me by Lucille Clifton:
"won't you celebrate with me
what i have shaped into
a kind of life? i had no model.
born in babylon
both nonwhite and woman
what did i see to be except myself?
i made it up
here on this bridge between
starshine and clay,
my one hand holding tight
my other hand; come celebrate
with me that everyday
something has tried to kill me
and has failed.”
Among the goals of Poetry Day is to read, explore, and share poetry. I chose this poem because Clifton’s work embodies endurance and strength, similar to the women we revere during Women’s History Month. Please feel free to share this poem, or one of your favorites, and look ahead to next month which is National Poetry Month. As voice actors, the recitation and consideration of poetry can develop our artistry in far-reaching ways.
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