Something a little different this week since I didn't have anything scheduled - I'll explain why I'm reading this particular poem in the audio.
My dad spent his career studying poetry. The rhythms and structures are different from prose - they make our brains think in different patterns. It's important. Anyway... On to the poem:
Something a little different today for reading day - a couple of poems from Langston Hughes. Please forgive my scratchy voice. The cold from heck decided to visit this week. We sometimes forget the power of poetry, both personal and social, in our modern world of sound bites and prose fiction but poetry can serve as a reminder, a connector, and an illuminator far greater than any tweet.
For more information on Langston Hughes and other writers of the Harlem Renaissance, a good place to start is here:
The poems I've selected for you are from The Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry (ed. 1973) and from the Academy of American Poets.
Angel writes (mostly) Science Fiction and Fantasy centered around queer heroes. Currently living part time in the hectic sprawl of northern Delaware and full time inside her head, she has one husband, one son, two cats, a love of all things beautiful and a terrible addiction to the consumption of both knowledge and chocolate.