Maya Angelou, Wouldn’t take anything for my journey now, Random House, 1993.
This book speaks to how Black women can and should be themselves un-apologetically. Angelou expands on how she is grateful for her journey as it has made her the woman she is…was. This book has allowed me to accept my journey as a writer, poet, female and to grow as much as I can on this journey.
Martin Versveld, The Philosopher’s Cookbook, Figment Publishing, 2007.
This book focuses on the art of slow cooking and thinking about what you’re cooking. The preparation of food is linked to how one’s life consists of many ingredients and how you are your own chef. It speaks to me as a writer and how I need to focus on what I’m writing and how I need to think about what I write.
Rupi Kaur, Milk and Honey, Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2015.
I thoroughly enjoyed her naked poetry, her ability to bear all of her emotions, experiences, heartbreaks as well as the sweet moments in her life. I aspire to be a poet that can bear it all , without fear, without being apologetic.
Youth Speaks, Brave New Voices (www.youtube.com/user/YOUTHSPEAKS)
This YouTube channel explores young poets and their views on many issues ranging from race, sexuality, class, languages and rape culture. This channel allows for different dissenting voices to be heard. I enjoy watching the videos as it allows me to hear the poems with the same emotions and accents that the poets wrote it with.
Button Poetry, (www.youtube/user/ButtonPoetry)
This YouTube channel has a diverse range of poets. This channel allowed me to hear the rawness of Kai Davis’ poetry and her ability to address issues concisely. Her poetry speaks to how words can change people’s views and the power words possess.