tangled feelings

I’ve had tangled feelings lately
About ev’rything
Bout writing poetry, and otha forms
Bout talkin and dreamin with a
Special man (who says he needs me)
Uh huh
  And my mouth has been open
Most of the time but
I ain’t been saying nothin but
Thinking about ev’rything
And the partial pain has been
How do I put my self on paper
The way I want to be or am and be
Not like any one else in this
Black world but me

          — Breakthrough by Carolyn Rodgers

Carolyn M. Rodgers

Black Arts Movement poet Carolyn M. Rodgers

Writings delved into the problems and challenges facing African-American women

April 13, 2010|By Trevor Jensen, Tribune reporter

Carolyn M. Rodgers grappled with issues of African-American identity and culture with poems that took first flight during the vibrant Black Arts Movement of the late 1960s.

source: Chicago Tribune

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