For Poetry

Join the Uproar Poetry Group for a POETRY MONTH OPEN MIC!

SATURDAY, APRIL 12th
3:00PM – 4:30PM

at MORRISANIA LIBRARY
610 E. 169th Street
Bronx, NY, 10456

Join Us for a Community Open Mic About Black History! Share a Poem You Love or One You’ve Written… Short Story, Rap, or Song Welcome as Well. Express Yourself! Or Just Come to Listen.

FREE! For more information contact Kristin Jordan (347) 276 – 8344, KristinRJordan@gmail.com

 

READY TO WRITE? Check out these great writing resources…

  • THE POETRY FOUNDATION – www.poetryfoundation.org

    In honor of NatioThis site has a variety of poets work

    This site has a fantastic variety of published works (both contemporary and classical). They also have writing exercises, poetry writing tips (learning labs), and links to other resources.

    A WRITING PROMPT-A-DAY - Poetry Super Highway

    In honor of National Poetry Month, Poetry Super Highway is
    publishing one prompt a day.
    You can subscribe for free
    to receive these prompts throughout the month. Got a
    prompt? Submit your own prompt for publication.

Where Are The Shows?

Where Are The Shows?
By Kristin Richardson Jordan

where are the tv shows
showing us how to liberate our hood
showing our people walking free
and our humanity understood

where are the shows
showing our old in all their glory
showing the wisdom of age
and revealing life’s true story

where are the shows
showing us how to unlearn what we’ve been told
shows showing us how to speak up
shows showing us to be bold

where are the shows
with a clear vision of our purposeful past
where are the shows
to inspire our youth to stand fast

where are the shows to make our community last

Black History In Poems Event

Upcoming free open mic at Morrisania Branch Library…

BLACK HISTORY IN POEMS

SATURDAY, MARCH 1st
3:00PM – 4:30PM

at MORRISANIA LIBRARY
610 E. 169th Street
Bronx, NY, 10456

Join Us for a Community Open Mic About Black History!
Share a Poem You Love or One You’ve Written…
Short Story, Rap, or Song Welcome as Well.
Express Yourself! Or Just Come to Listen.

Including Recordings of…
“Still I Rise”, “The Ballad of the Landlord”,
“Lift Every Voice and Sing” and “Negritude”

FREE!
Snacks & Refreshments Provided

For more information contact Kristin Jordan
(718) 589-9268, KristinJordan@nypl.org

SPONSORED BY THE EDUCATIONAL WORKGROUP
OF THE SOUNDVIEW COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM

Dear Hard Work

Read this poem today and loved it. It is written by Bert Gervais. Find out more about him at www.findsuccessmentors.com

hardwork

pic from google images

hardwork

pic from google images

Dear hard work
by Bert Gervais

I have been unfaithful ,
I cheated on you last year,
with doubt,

I got insecurities phone number at the club,
and text her while we were at dinner, pretending I was
looking at my fantasy team.

Mediocrity flirted with me and and I flirt back.
When average quizzed me “do you secretly love me like orange crush?”
I said I do I do I do I do oooh.
I’m a dog, a big ol’ dog.
and I been bul woofin,

Boy did I pay for it.
you were right when you declared,
“Love would’ve brought your butt home last night”

home from the parties, home from the distractions,
home from the lights, home from the cheap thrill of the night,
The grass isn’t greener on the other side,
I had a cow at home all along,
so why was I buying 2% at Target,
I mean they sell Dvd’s and PS3′s
and you was the X-box one,

Average, mediocrity, doubt and insecurity never loved me
not like you, and what’s quite true,
they used me, like the ***less inkeeper from season 5 of
“How I Met Your Mother”
babe, my hard work, my love,
How could I ever think I could do it without you, the world, my success, my dreams, my goals, the sun, my aspirations, are beyond reach with your direction,

Look, I won’t lie cheating on you was fun, but I was never fulfilled,
just an incomplete man, scurrying, chasing incomplete feelings,
I need you fulfill me girl, rebuild me as Nas did Mobb Deep on the stillmatic album,

Have you turned you ways, she wondered, darting that Angela Basset waiting to exhale look before she burns my suits in a new 96 luxury car,
it was brand new back then, but not today,

Have you changed your ways? she quizzed with her gaze
left behind the trophy chasing, that “oh look there goes the new shiny robin given”
that tired ol cheating on myself act,
Finding truth in the lie that I’m not good enough when all along i was scared
of commitment, to the truth, and to you, and the lie that I would lose friends who wouldn’t grow with me,
Have you changed your ways?
she whispered,

Dear Hard work,
Enough talk. Let me show you
Happy 2014.

Happy New Year

“Happy New Year”
by Jewel Grant-Talle

January first start first day of the rest of my life.

New clothes, new hair, but more important new attitude.

I have come out of the cocoon which was 2013. Now I am a butterfly soaring into 2014.
Stronger and better than before.
Ready for what life has to offer.
Making my own way towards my future.

Happy New Year to the new me.


Jewel Grant-Talle is an aspiring writer and a member of the Uproar Poetry Group (we meet Tuesdays @ 3:30pm at Morrisania Branch Library). She has published poems in No Limits! and is getting ready to publish a poetry book of all her own original works this February.