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Thoughtful Thursday: Poetry For Pride Month

In celebration of Pride Month, today's Thoughtful Thursday features works by LBGTQ poets.  Some of these poets have been featured in many Thoughtful Thursdays, like June Jordan (1936-2002) and Audrey Lorde (1934-1992), and others, like E. Ethelbert Miller (b. 1950) and Blas Falconer, are new to these pages. The voice of the other, the ones less heard, is strong [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Commemorating Memorial Day

Happy Belated Memorial Day!  We are just a few days past the holiday, so on this Thoughtful Thursday we will extend the celebration with a few inspirational quotes honoring the men and women in the military who have died while serving our country. Have you talked with your children about the significance of Memorial Day, and how much the [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Alabama, What Kind of Times Are These?

Alabama.  Yesterday Alabama governor Kay Ivey signed into law a bill that outlaws almost all abortions performed in the state. Doctors who perform abortions in Alabama now run the risk of arrest, felony conviction, and a sentence of up to 99 years in prison. As the New York Times recently noted, this sets up a direct challenge to Roe [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: It’s National Mental Health Awareness Month. How are You Doing?

New month, new celebration: did you know that May is National Mental Health Awareness Month? Yep, since 1949 May has been designated Mental Health Month in the U.S. to raise awareness about the importance of mental health and to erase the stigma associated with mental health disorders. And a good thing, too, since we as a people (especially we [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Have You Celebrated Poetry This Month?

Hope you know by now that April is National Poetry Month, and you have been celebrating poetry mightily all month with your children.  Not quite?  Well there are still a few days left this month to focus on poetry, and Poets.org has some suggestions as to how.  They offer 30 of them to be exact, and you can find [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Money Matters

Did you know that April is Financial Literary Month?  (So many themes, only 12 months, some months have to do double duty.) In 2004 the U.S. Senate designated April as Financial Literary Month in an effort to encourage Americans to  establish and maintain healthy financial habits.   Since it is Financial Literacy Month, today's Thoughtful Thursday features poems about money. But [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: April is National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month!  National Poetry Month was established in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets to increase  America's awareness and appreciation of poetry. Our first Thoughtful Thursday of National Poetry Month begins with a beautiful poem about poetry from Archibald MacLeish (1892-1982), whose career over the course of his long life included being a lawyer, Fortune [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Farewell, Women’s History Month

On our last Thoughtful Thursday in Women's History Month  we celebrate the work of three wonderful poets:  the wonderfully accomplished and prolific June Jordan (1936–2002); the brilliant British poet and activist Warsan Shire (b.1988), who is most widely known as the poet whose work was featured in Beyonce's visual album Lemonade; and the young talented poet and writer Alexandra [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Celebrating U.S. Poet Laureates

In today's Thoughtful Thursday we continue our month long tribute to women poets in honor of Women's History Month.  Today we shine a spotlight on the four African-American female poets who have been appointed by the Library of Congress to serve as the U.S. Poet Laureate,  our nation's chief poetry consultant. Originally called the "Consultant in Poetry to the Library of [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Celebrating Women Poets in March

Today's Thoughtful Thursday continues the celebration of Women's History Month, featuring women poets from a variety of cultures and generations. Today we offer a delightful assortment of poems about women by women. First Patricia Smith (b.1955) gives us a "Hip Hop Ghazal" celebrating femininity. A ghazal, originally an Arabic verse form dealing with loss and romantic love, consists of couplets [...]