Amiri Baraka"Poems are bullshit unless they are teeth or trees or lemons piled on a street."

Day 25: Inspiration from Amiri Baraka (National Poetry Month)

We made it to the last Monday of National Poetry Month!

Day 25’s inspiration comes from the irrevocable Amiri Baraka:

Today’s Quote

โ€œPoems are bullshit unless they are teeth or trees or lemons piled on a step.โ€

Amiri Baraka

This quote comes from his work, “Black Art.” You can listen to the performance below:

“Black Art” Performance by Amiri Baraka

Books by Amiri Baraka

Poem A Day

the Typewriter Poetry edition

All of April, we’re sharing Typewriter Poetry made by poets around the world for National Poetry Month. If you’d like to be featured, submit your typewritten poem-a-day by tagging #typewriterpoetry & @typewriterpoetry on Instagram.

Day 25, Poem 25

The poem-a-day gallery continues to grow! Take a peak at the Daily Typewriter Poetry post to read featured typewriter poetry.

National Poetry Month Writing Quotes

Here’s a selection of all the #NaPoWriMo inspirational writing quotes.

Support Typewriter Poetry

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Donate to Tupelo Press


For 2016’s #NationalPoetryMonth, Iโ€™m fundraising on behalf of Tupelo Press, a small literary publisher. Tupelo’s 30/30 Project is an all-year monthly round of writing a poem a day. Check out their website. You can read the collection of poetry I volunteered to write for the Tupelo Press 30/30 Project. I also encourage you to donate in my name to Tupelo Press. 100% of proceeds go to their literary press, itโ€™s tax-deductible, and you’ll be a patron of the arts!


suck myself out the heart i give it back

Enjoying the work I’ve been steadily producing for National Poetry Month? It’s for my upcoming art book, suck myself out the heart i give it back. You can watch my artistic process unfold at