Some of my favorite slam poetry fixes come from Button Poetry, founded in 2011 by Sam Cook and Sierra DeMulder, who were shortly joined by Rachele Cermak and Heidi Lear. They launched the first Button website and blog.
Sierra DeMulder was the first to pull me in with her poem “Today Means Amen,” from her poetry book with the same title.
Then it was Sabrina Benaim’s poem “Explaining My Depression to My Mother from her poetry book Depression and other Magic Tricks.
Over the years I’ve followed the white rabbit to find words of strength that knocked me to my core:
New American Best Friend by Olivia Gatwood
Taking shame and turning it on its head; declaring womanhood, taking control away from others, from things, from life. My favorite one of hers is “Ode to My Bitch Face.” Being told to smile is a real thing; but it’s not our job to decorate your world.
Black Girl Magic by Mahogany L. Browne
A voice that instantly gives me goose bumps, owning her power and telling the truth of what most of us are afraid to see, the honesty of her blackness, its strength, its beauty, that shatters the silence.
Shortly after discovering button poetry’s website I found their youtube channel and fell in love with the voices of:
Lily Myers (and she’s from Seattle!)
March leads us to take a look at the history of women, at our accomplishments and our continued activism and empowerment. So I ask, what female poets inspire you?
~ posted by Kara P.