“The pen is mightier than the sword!”― Edward Bulwer-LyttonThere is power in words and how we use them. I often write poems about social injustices and needed social change. In this day and age there is plenty of fodder for it, women's rights, LGBT, racism in America, child abuse, sexual abuse, genocide, the Middle East, Religion, and I could go on.
Many poets in history/herstory have fought for change through their words on the page, through their poetry.
Here are a few I found on Poems of Protest and Revolution.
Women have been fighting for a place in poetry probably since the beginning of time. The poets that have predominantly been shared in history have been men and it is past time that the wonderful women poets are allowed to shine. To find those in Herstory, check out Julie Jordan Scott's Literary Grannies.
Below you will find more recent women poets of our time.
One of the most influential Feminist Poets of this century, Adrienne Rich said, "The mother's battle for her child with sickness, with poverty, with war, with all the forces of exploitation and callousness that cheapen human life needs to become a common human battle, waged in love and in the passion for survival."You can find the 10 Feminist Poets You Should Know here that include:
- Maya Angelou
- Anne Waldman
- Carol Ann Duffy
- Margaret Atwood
- Lyn Hejinian
- Alice Walker
- Katha Pollitt
- Susan Howe
- Carolyn Kizer
- Marge Piercy
All poets with a passion for changing the world through poetry.
When was the last time you took a risk for something you believed in? How do you use your words? What are you creating in the world with your poetry? Choose one or all of these questions and Free write for ten minutes.
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Morgan Dragonwillow: Writing rebel, stress relief explorer, recovering perfectionist, cooking as therapy, poet & author that (mostly) doesn't let her fears get in the way of her passion for writing and creating. She is team leader at @StoryDam, creatrix of #OctPoWriMo. She lives in Marietta, Ga. with her loving and patient partner, their dog that thinks she's a princess, and the cat that reminds her that she isn't.
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