April is National Poetry Month, and I love poetry! I still have the first African-American literature anthology that I ever purchased. I remember going the through book and reading the poems out loud with a friend of mine. And I even try my hand at free verse every now and then.
Last week USA Today posted ten notable lines in poetry. Today it’s time for the 2 Dope Sistahs’ Top 5 Poetry Lines.
5. From Langston Hughes’ I, Too, Sing America
I, too sing America./I am the darker brother.
4. Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf
stealin my shit from me/don’t make it yrs/makes it stolen
3. From Nikki Giovanni’s Beautiful Black Men
I wanna say just gotta say something/bout those beautiful beautiful beautiful outasight/black men/with they Afros
2. From Paul Laurence Dunbar’s We Wear the Mask
We wear the mask that grins and lies,/It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes
1. From Maya Angelou’s Still I Rise
You may write me down in history/With your bitter, twisted lies,/You may trod me in the very dirt/But Still, like dust, I’ll rise.
Well, what do you think of our choices? Do you have a favorite line of poetry? Please share it with us.