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.
Thanks for joining us for Day 9, Poem 9 of April 2016’s National Poetry Month!
Day 9, Poem 9
The daily poem-a-day gallery continues to grow! Take a peak at the Daily Typewriter Poetry post to read featured typewriter poetry.
Starting off the weekend with daily inspiration from the amazing Jessica Hagedorn. Previous inspirational poetry writing quotes include:
This quote is a clip of her full answer, which was published in an interview with Tribe in 2006:
Being of mixed parentage where you describe your roots as being “dubious,” hybridity has always been one of the essential aspects of your art, how has that also influenced your writing?
Hybridity keeps me from being rigid about most things. It has taught me to appreciate the contradictions in the world and in my life. I scavenge from the best.
A poet, novelist, screenwriter, multimedia, and playwright–otherwise known as doing all the things I love to be doing.
“Scavenge from the best.”
Born & raised in the Philippines (specifically Manila, which is one of the places I visited for family), Hagedorn has produced amazingly poetic and sincere work, all while navigating the spaces of ambiguity and contradiction. A poet, novelist, screenwriter, multimedia artist, and playwright, her work includes one of my favorites, “Dogeaters,” as well as numerous collaborations with other writers, like Ntozake Shange (who wrote “for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf”).
“Filipino Boogie” by Jessica Hagedorn
“Filipino Boogie” is a dance through Hagedorn’s childhood and adult consciousness. Reminiscent of Langston Hughes’ work, this gorgeous poem reminds us that words are merely the companion piece to the true essence of poetry, otherwise known as music.
Give it a read. If you’re on mobile, you might want to check out “Filipino Boogie” on at The Poetry Foundation for proper formatting.
by Jessica Hagedorn
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Donate to Tupelo Press
For #NationalPoetryMonth, I’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, it’s tax-deductible, and you’ll be a patron of the arts!
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. Tag along for the ride! You can watch my artistic process unfold at blog.billimarie.com.