Seven Poems to Celebrate the Death of the Strong Black Woman™ Trope

Get in loser — we’re reading happy, uplifting poems.

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1. “And” — Nicole Sealey

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Favorite lines: clandestine landmines
candy handfuls
and contraband

2. “tell the black girls” — Lamont Lilly

Favorite lines: tell the black girls
how they were born
from a long tradition
of black woman dream merchants

3. “To Black Women” — Gwendolyn Brooks

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Favorite lines: There have been tramplings. Tramplings
of monarchs and of other men.
But there remain large countries in your eyes.

4. “blessing the boats” — Lucille Clifton

Favorite lines: may you kiss
the wind then turn from it
certain that it will
love your back

5. “spill” — Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs

Favorite lines: the sky sings for us
the rainmaking women the rage-taking women
the blood

6. “Ego Tripping” — Nikki Giovanni

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Favorite lines: For a birthday present when he was three
I gave my son Hannibal an elephant
He gave me Rome for mother’s day

7. “i. Mood Indigo” — Ntozake Shange

Ntozake Shange, Reid Lecture, Women Issues Luncheon, Women’s Center, November 1978. Edited for contrast, and to remove spots and stains, by Chris Woodrich. — Wikimedia Commons

Favorite lines: our house was filled with all kinda folks
our windows were not cement or steel
our doors opened like our daddy’s arms
held us safe & loved

Writer and Poet, Grad Student, Dreamer. You’re doing great sweetie. Website: mayajameswrites.wordpress.com Twitter: @mayawritesgood

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