National Poetry Month!

April 3, 2018

Ok, so I was planning to write about going to Amy Spalding’s book launch for The Summer of Jordi Perez (it was great! Amy is as funny and fun as her books! I won a Hello Kitty button!) and/or how my student told me (again!) that he loves my class because he’s now no longer scared of college (seriously made my day), but I just wrote the most brilliantly terrible poem, and Maya Angelou’s “Still I Rise” was the Google doodle for today, so I have to celebrate poetry.

First, my poem:

Heart Eyes by Akilah @ The Englishist

like a single emoji
your face
fills the screen of my heart

I mean, seriously. How could I not share that? IT IS PERFECT.

And here’s Maya Angelou reading one of my favorite of her poems:

She actually changed the first line of the poem in her recitation. I prefer the original. Here’s a link to the text that starts with “Pretty women wonder where my secret lies,” which I love, though I get why she would change it.

And here’s a poem that one of my students shared with me many years ago:

Also, if you haven’t yet, you should totally watch Louder Than a Bomb, which is a love letter to teaching, poetry, AND teenagers. So you know. Get on that. I know I’ve shared poetry from it before, so here’s one I think I haven’t shared yet:

I am also currently reading Jason Reynold’s Long Way Down, which is a novel in verse. So I’m killing National Poetry Month so far is what I’m saying.

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  1. The Widow Badass

    Loved this Akilah. Love your poem! Love Maya Angelou, of course! Have also seen the OCD poem video. My late husband suffered from OCD, which meant I suffered too. When I heard this poem, it just triggered me so much so I won’t watch it again. Will come back to watch the last video though, when I have more time. Thanks for sharing!


    • Akilah

      The last poem is definitely not about OCD, so I hope you do watch it. It is really good.

      And Maya Angelou is the best.


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