Women are poetry; women are resilient; women are natural healers. Female poets can create life and recreate ourselves through heartbreak, pain, racism, machismo, inequality, denial, unrequited love — we always rise from anything, and nothing breaks our spirit.
Both our feminine and masculine energy thrive, and in divine timing, we prove that we are capable of anything that this world throws our way.
With captivating words, female poets have broken many molds simply by expressing raw emotion and being real.
Here are three poets who have demonstrated their authenticity and created a movement with their words. In some way or another, they have marked their generation (and beyond) by having sparked conversations and pushed through their own controversies, proving that what they have to say is important and will help heal their readers.
Among many other labels and discussions, the controversial American poet, novelist, and writer was a huge stepping stone and an awakening for many feminists interested in resistance to patriarchy through her selected works such as “Daddy,” where it is believed she liberates herself from her father figure. “There’s a stake in your fat black heart /, And the villagers never liked you. / They are dancing and stamping on you. / They always knew it was you. / Daddy, daddy, you bastard, I’m through.”
Julia de Burgos
A Puerto Rican woman poet, Julia de Burgos was an advocate for her home’s independence. She was known as a civil rights activist for women and African/Afro-Caribbean writers. A voice for the oppressed in society; a voice of not being what males want you to be: “Already my course now set in the present, I felt myself a blossom of all the soils of the earth, of the soils without history, of the soils without a future, of the soil always soil without edges / of all the men and all the epochs. And I was all in me as was life in me…” Full translation of the poem “I Was My Own Route” (“Yo Misma Fui Mi Ruta”) online.
Lastly, and more recently in our current timeline, the Indian-born Canadian poet uses short visual poetry with her strong words and minimalistic illustrations to demonstrate a variety of themes such as resilience, feminism, honoring our ancestors, depression, and being an unrepentant woman while lifting other women, among other subjects. “What is the greatest lesson a woman should learn / that since day one / she’s already had everything she needs within herself/it’s the world that convinced her she did not.”