Celebrating Women in Literature: Favorite Female Poets

November 28, 2016

(Caption: Photo by Paolo Raeli)



1. Raquel Isabelle de Alderete AKA http://inkskinned.com/

This woman is a powerhouse for poetry. She’s the voice behind “Ten Women I Have Been Warned Against Becoming” (link to attach is http://inkskinned.com/post/82428814418/ten-women-i-have-been-warned-against-becoming) -- her work is unapologetically messy, honest, and thoughtful. She’s able to create an entire universe by describing small quirks of the world that are usually overlooked, and she sweeps you away with the atmosphere she builds. Her poems tear hell, and she’s not sorry about it. Truly a gift to the literary world, and her work is free to read on her tumblr.


“i want you to look at me like the world is on fire and i am the last ocean. i want you to see in my eyes the softness of summer mornings and the quiet of library afternoons. i want you to feel the earth slide under you when i look at you. i want you to find my name in tree bark, in the way that clouds look when they threaten to storm, in stones. i want the world to light up when i am around, i want everything else to seem somehow small and insignificant, as if we are just two dust motes who discovered ourselves in a sunbeam. i want my absence to be a cavern you cannot fill, regardless of what you do.

i want you to feel about me the way i already feel for you.”


2. Sue Zhao AKA http://blossomfully.tumblr.com/

Zhao is a warrior with words. She’s the genius behind “Excerpt from a book I’ll never write.” Her poems are reflective, a more subtle power. She captures loss and angst and love so vividly that you feel as if she’s known you, with your quirks and dreams, for years. I cannot emphasize how wonderful her work is, so you just have to read it for yourself.


"If someone punches you in the stomach,“ he says, “it’ll hurt whether you were expecting it or not. So if the person you love stops loving you back, you’re going to feel the blow even if you saw it coming."


3. Rupi Kaur

It’s difficult to mention strong poets without putting Kaur on the list. Her debut novel Milk and Honey is a work of art. Her poems are simple yet so compelling. Milk and Honey is a narrative of loss, redemption, and hope. She pulls you into her plight, never neglecting the ugliness of heartache. A well-crafted, lyrical novel that I would highly recommend,


“i want to apologize to all the women i have called beautiful

before i’ve called them intelligent or brave

i am sorry i made it sound as though

something as simple as what you’re born with

is all you have to be proud of

when you have broken mountains with your wit

from now on i will say things like

you are resilient, or you are extraordinary

not because i don’t think you’re beautiful

but because i need you to know

you are more than that”


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