A series of tributes to the poets who made us who we are … and showed us who we could be.
We have declared this week Autostraddle Pure Poetry Week, when we are going to talk about poets we like all the time! First up is T.S. Eliot. Just kidding it’s Def Jam.
“Every time I read a new Eileen Myles book, I ended up carrying it on me for weeks. I think I’m going to end up with a good collection. I would never lose it.”
“I was here. I was here motherf*cker. And ain’t none of y’all can write that in the spot that I just wrote it in.”
So in order to include Andrea Gibson in this article, because we know you want us to, we (Carmen and KC Danger) decided to pay homage to her by watching her on YouTube and writing in notebooks.”
“It wasn’t until I was in my early 20s that I realized that Leonard Cohen was an accomplished poet, that his songs were poetry set to a soundtrack.”
Chin’s writing covers a lot of topics- so I’m going to share excerpts of two very different pieces with you. Because I love you.
“e.e cummings is also really hard to read aloud because of his weird use of syntax. He’s kind of like Yoda but more sexual.”
It was the last line of the poem that was the most striking. ‘The love of form is a love of endings.’
(from Intern Lily & w/a 12-year-old boy who lives with Laneia) – “Silverstein writes what children see. He reminds us all of what it is like to view the world in its purest form. A world without stereotypes, biases, and social norms.”
“hey now tall girl
aren’t you bored
all by yourself in your messy room”
“Admittedly, as a 21-year-old middle-class queer Asian woman, I probably do not share that many experiences with Saul Williams, except for maybe being from New York and having a profound appreciation for women’s bodies.”
“And when I leave to
find another house,
I wonder, what among
these shades will be
left of me.”
“I think that anyone’s a fool to become a junkie or a poet… it’s the same kind of hook really, and it has the same withdrawal symptoms if you ever try it.”
“Cómo logró su libertad la bicicleta abandonada?”
“This woman found the riskiest, weirdest thing to be, at any particular moment, and then she became it.”
‘Should I fiddle on a f*cking roof for you?’
I came to explore the wreck. The words are purposes. The words are maps.
And did you get what you wanted from this life, even so?
“Rock’s voice was more powerful than my desire for a fresh beer.”
“Veronica Franco became an icon for women to leave the confines of the home and enter the world of men. Unfortunately, in those days the only real way to do so was to become a prostitute.”
This is just a post (mostly) about old white men. But it’s happy. It’s Autostraddle is Pure Poetry week and this is how we do it.
I don’t want to write my essay, so here’s some Charles Bukowski poems.
Did you know that Rilke’s Mom initially raised him as a girl? True story.
“I like his poetry because it’s kind of all over the place without being noisy about it.”
“You must nurture the kiss. Turn out the lights. Notice how it illuminates the room. Hold it to your chest and wonder if the sand inside hourglasses comes from a special beach.”
You really need to know about Dorothy Porter. She was an Australian poet, an out lesbian, and basically awesome.
Once upon a time I hated Sylvia Plath. Now I don’t! How did this happen? The answers lie inside this post…
“I don’t know if I could change the world, yet, because I don’t know that much about it.”
“You can’t trust lesbians. You invite them / to your party and they don’t come, / they’re too busy tending vaginal / flowers, hating football, walking their golden / and chocolate labs.”
Mary Oliver writes poetry about nature. Both kinds of nature.
Did you know that Gertrude Stein and Mina Loy were friends? Do you even know who Mina Loy is? I didn’t until about ~5 days ago.
“I kinda only care about lesbian poets.”
In which five of us talk about our favorite poet ever. “Those of us who think we know / the same secrets / are silent together most of the time.”