I like to start off my mornings with a poem. Reading or listening to poetry helps get myself in a headspace where I’m overall more in tune with my own emotions and the people around me. They can be deep and heartbreaking, often both, and inspires me to be more creative and expressive in my life. So here is one poem for each morning over the next week for you to listen to.
Warning: Feelings ahead.
1. “Hexes For My Exes (After Rachel Wiley)” – Siaara Freeman
Some mornings, you wake up angry. Sometimes it’s anger about an ex that you keep saying you don’t care about anymore but for some reason, they won’t leave you alone. Those kinds of mornings are when I need this poem. All of the bitter, no harm done.
2. “And What Good Will Your Vanity Be When The Rapture Comes” – Hanif Abdurraqib
Abdurraqib will always be one of my favorite poets. Sometimes you need a poem to hand you a feeling to sit with for the rest of the day. This is one of those poems.
3. “Watching HGTV Drunk And Alone At My Parents’ House” – Allison Truj
Funny and lighthearted, Truj captures why we end up turning on the TV, stumbling across HGTV, and ending up hypnotized for several hours as you watch people remake their already acceptable homes. She then answers the question of why these projects seem so fulfilling to us, even when they’re not ours.
4. “Alternate Universe in Which I Am Unfazed by the Men Who Do Not Love Me” – Olivia Gatwood
The feminist in me is always ready for a poem that gets me to laugh at the ridiculous ways that the patriarchy impacts my life. Poems like these make it easier for me to laugh off when they actually happen.
5. “Tonsils” – Melissa Lozada-Oliva
In another poem about heartbreak, since one can never have too many, Lozada-Oliva presents one of the many ways life imitates art. Sometimes, removing something that is no longer beneficial to have is a difficult process. It doesn’t make it any less of a necessary experience.
6. “Split Mouth” – Franny Choi
What’s so amazing about poetry is how it conveys emotional experiences that may not even be familiar to the intended audience. In this deeply personal and underrepresented narrative, Choi gives voice to an experience very specific to her Korean heritage. Not only does it give representation to a lot of people who share similar narratives, but it also allows people who don’t understand the opportunity to learn through the art.
7. “How to Succeed in Heartbreak” – Victoria Morgan
Here, Morgan is able to redefine what healing looks like, or may not look like. She manages to be humorous and acknowledges that healing isn’t exactly a linear process, something that’s really important to remember when trying to get through the week.