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For Black Women Who Are Afraid

Rating: 4.3

A black woman comes up to me at break in the writing
workshop and reads me her poem, but she says she
can't read it out loud because
there's a woman in a car on her way
to work and her hair is blowing in the breeze
and, since her hair is blowing, the woman must be
white, and she shouldn't write about a white woman
whose hair is blowing, because
maybe the black poets will think she wants to be
that woman and be mad at her and say she hates herself,

and maybe they won't let her explain
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Friday, January 9, 2015
Topic(s) of this poem: fear
Gabe itch 15 October 2020

Interesting read

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Ratnakar Mandlik 12 March 2019

A thought provoking poem based on social stigmas and complexes nurtured on that account.

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A simple story, written in basic text, with bad punctuation to disguise prose from poetry. Where is the magnificent, mellifluous tone, the higher language commanded by the poetic muse.

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Sandra Feldman 18 January 2015

Prose with a touch of poetry? Could we perhaps call it poetic-prose? In any case, pleasing.

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