poet Nikky Finney

Nikky Finney

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  • Bharati Nayak Bharati Nayak (8/26/2016 10:45:00 AM)

    Lindsay Foster, I like your comments on the poem-The Girl friend's Train.It gives insight to understand the poem more deeply.

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  • Lindsay Foster (8/26/2016 2:15:00 AM)

    The Girlfriends Train is a poem that honestly, ive never had such a heart pounding and jaw dropping experience during and after reading. Except for a few favorite poets of mine, this one poem has such an astonishing effect on two different sides of life that brings me to joy that these words were written. not only for the women like me with scars and understanding of abuse and all unjust pain, but also for women like me on another note, that was able to open my eyes to another pain I'll never, ever know being a Caucasian Woman, But I've always wanted to say we're different because of unfortunate circumstances but exactly the same in every other single way. Thank you! I hope this poem reaches every precious girl, woman and survivors!

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The Afterbirth, 1931

We were a Colored Clan of Kinfolk
Who threw soil not salt
Over our shoulders
Who tendered close the bible
Who grew and passed around the almanac at night
So we would know
What to plant at first light

Black soil and sweet brown sorghum