Do, do, do. Oh, I’m supposed to be writing. Yes, yes. Let me get to that….so, I wrote a stanza for Joi. Yep, that’s what I did.
I had an idea to write a suite of poems about a historical figure. Marilyn Nelson’s books have inspired me to take this avenue because she does it so successfully. It’s probably best that I choose one that hasn’t been overdone. After doing mild research it’s clear that Phillis Wheatley has been done many times already, however, I’m not going to rule her out.
I looked at my bookshelf to see if I could find any gems there and ran across a book that I read for grad school about Maria W. Stewart. I’ll read a chapter of it and see what I can come up with. Perhaps the first poem would be about Boston in the 1820, or about David Walker who inspired her and lived nearby, or even her marriage to James W. Stewart in 1826.
Oh geez, I think Rita Dove also inspired this quest for a historical figure. I’m reading Sonata Mulattica which is a collection of poems about an actual person from history. Alrighty. Good night then.