In celebration of National Poetry Day we compiled a list of our favorite poetry collections by dope Black Millennial-Women Poets.
“The Black Unicorn Sings” by Aja Monet
Aja Monet is from Brooklyn, New York. Her poetry provides a very urban feel with incredible vulnerability. Her story telling is so compelling one of our favorite poems from her collection is Notable Poem: Is That All You Got. She begins the poem by stating” There are somethings that will bring even the strongest woman down”
“The Kitchen Dweller’s Testimony” by Ladan Osman
Ladan Odsman is a Somalian poet who poses questions in her collection such as : Whose testimony is valid? Whose testimony is worth recording? The Kitchen-Dweller’s Testimony is about love and longing, divorce, distilled desire, and all the ways we injure ourselves and one another
“There are More Beautiful Things than Beyoncé” by Morgan Parker
Morgan Parker is a poet from Brooklyn whose writing style is witty and entertaining. She adds her own spins in her pieces by including pop culture in her collection.
“You are beautiful because you’re funny. You are alive because you’re a question.”
“Love in My Language” by Alex Elle
Alex Elle’s work is honest, and real. She allows herself to be vulnerable encouraging her readers to do the same. At the back of her book there are blank pages where she advises her readers to journal and tell their own story.
“Living my best life. Loving my best self. Taking in each step, stumble, and start over. I am grateful for every single day given to flourish.” -alexelle
“Bone” by Yrsa Dale-Ward
Yrsa Dale-Ward is a writer of Jamaican and Nigerian heritage. Her collection “Bone” tackles mental health, love, family, and self-awareness.
” You may have learned from your mother or any hunted woman. Smiling at the devil is useful, learned things. Swallowing discomfort down in spades holding it tight in your belly. Aging on the inside only. Keeping it forever sexy.” -Yrsa Dale-Ward
“I Love My Love” by Reyna Biddy
Reyna Biddy made her debut on the intro to Kehlani’s studio album “SweetSexySavage“. Her poetry is grounded on her past experiences of being raised in a household with parents who displayed dysfunctional love. I love my love is a collection you can definitely grown and learn from. Biddy words are often seen on multiple platforms, the most notable being: ” I’m sorry you missed the God in me”.
How are you celebrating National Poetry Day ?