Take Your Poet to Work Day 2014

Source: http://www.tweetspeakpoetry.com/category/take-your-poet-to-work-day/


Today is Take Your Poet to Work Day! Join us and your favorite poets for all the smart fun in workplaces around the world.

We have great ways to help you celebrate, including our brand new freebie, the Take Your Poet to Work Coloring Book. Our free gift to you, you can download and print out the book, then color and cut out poets to your poetic little heart’s content. Take copies to work. Give them to your coworkers. Pass out poets to your customers. Print coloring pages and leave the on the tables in the cafeteria. Share this page on Facebook and Twitter and invite everyone you know to take their favorite poet to work. Free coloring book: http://www.tweetspeakpoetry.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Take-Your-Poet-to-Work-Coloring-Book.pdf


One of my favorite poets: Langston Hughes!


Langston Hughes—poet, novelist, and playwright—was born in Joplin, Missouri, in 1902. After his father left the family, he lived with a grandmother in Kansas while his mother sought work. Following his grandmother’s death, Hughes lived most of his adolescence with his mother and her husband in Lincoln, Illinois, where he began to write poetry. He wrote in his autobiography, Big Sea, “I was unhappy for a long time, and very lonesome, living with my grandmother. Then it was that books began to happen to me, and I began to believe in nothing but books and the wonderful world in books — where if people suffered, they suffered in beautiful language, not in monosyllables, as we did in Kansas.”

Hughes was a prominent figure in the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and one of the first to write poems in the newly formed “Jazz Poetry” style. He met strong resistance from black critics for his work, with complaints that he portrayed blacks in a negative light rather than highlighting their aspirations and potential. His work was popular among the black middle class, whose lives his work most often celebrated.

Before his death in 1967, Hughes published numerous collections of poetry and several novels and plays. He is known as the first black American to earn a living from writing and speaking.

I, Too, Sing America

I, too, sing America.

I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.

I’ll be at the table
When company comes.
Nobody’ll dare
Say to me,
“Eat in the kitchen,”

They’ll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed–

I, too, am America.

Dream Deferred

What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up
Like a raisin in the sun?

Or fester like a sore–
And then run?

Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over–
like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?

source: http://www.tweetspeakpoetry.com/2014/06/04/take-poet-work-langston-hughes/



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