10 Things Every Female Should Know

1. You are a prayer in the most holy mouth. The space between clasped hands. A landscape so picturesque at any angle, you are a reminder that magic exists.

2. Oh, they will stop and stare, you most divine creature with unapologetic skin and fearless features. LEARN to take a compliment. Settle into being the center of things. Lees verder

Phenomenal Woman

Zen Pencils is a great cartoonist who turns strong words into even stronger images. I love how he makes poems come to life. Such as Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou.

Angelou recently passed away and Gavin of Zen Pencils dedicated this cartoon to her. I think it’s a very strong and gracious poem on the strength of women. With my love for spoken word poetry, I like to read poems out aloud, and this one very good for that. So try it.

First the wonderful cartoon by Zen Pencils, then the full text of the poem (under read more). If you like Maya Angelou, also watch the video by Natalie Patterson with A Tribute To Maya Angelou, al the way down this post.

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4 in the morning

What is it with all the mentions of 4 o’clock in the morning in our culture? They seem to be everywhere. At least if you are like performance poet Rives!

Crowdsourcing the 4 A.M. mystery

I’ve loved Rives since his 2006 talk ‘If I controlled the Internet’. Funny, beautiful, and a new sort of poetry. I’ve placed it below. That year after that he came back to share his fascination for the early morning hour in popular culture. Books, movies, TV, poems: 4 A.M. seems to be mentioned all around us. Since that video went online, he has been getting references from all over the world. Now he came back to TED to unravel the mystery and finish the story. The first time I applauded for a TED talk, behind the screen of my computer.

If I controlled the internet