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F.A. Day Library: Poets & Poetry



When Poets Write We Should Read; When Poets Speak We Should Listen



Performances of Young American Poets of Color 

Alondra Bobdilla

"Poem for Women in Basketball"


Deah Chappell

"Black Lives Matter (Poem)"


Franny Choi 

"Split Mouth" 


Natalie Diaz 

"They Don't Love You Like I Love You"


Safia Elhillo

"To Make Use of Water"


Amanda Gorman

Using Your Voice is a Political Choice

TED-Ed Student Talk


Malcolm London

"High School Training Ground"


Hieu Minh Nguyen

"Notes on Staying"


Aja Monet

"Say Her Name" 


Aaron Samuels

"Covered In Grass"


Yosimar Reyes  



Clint Smith 

"The Only Black Kid in Class" 


Danez Smith

"Dear White America" 


Orlando White 



Other Important Poets You May (or May Not) Know

Maya Angelou             Amiri Baraka

Arna Bontemps           Rita Dove

Joy Harjo                    Juan Felipe Herrera

Langston Hughes       Nikki Giovanni            

Nikki Grimes               Li-Young Lee

Sueyeun Juliette Lee  Naomi Shihab Nye    

Sonia Sanchez          Tracey K. Smith         

Natasha Trethewey    Alice Walker            


F.A. Day Middle School Library
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