7 Poems To Motivate You To Stay Nasty

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As the 100 day mark of Donald Trump's administration inches closer, it's important to remember that the resistance has only just begun — and will continue for the next four years. Whether it was the Women's March on Washington in January or the white-wearers at Trump's first Congressional address, those that identify as nasty will not be ignored.

Still, any cause can be strengthened with reminders, and that's why it's so important to read poems that inspire you to stay nasty. Fortunately for you, nasty reader, it's not too hard to find poems that will fire you up and keep you flying that nasty flag. (The higher the better, right?) After all, being nasty means something specific in today's political context, but that's not a unique identity for poets to portray. Nastiness is timeless.

These seven poems will inspire you to speak your mind and own your nasti-tude. They'll get you geared up to participate, be an activist, stand your ground, hold strong to the principles that guide you. They'll give you the courage to celebrate your unique voice, to know the strength of your nasty power. (All right, nasty powers ... every last one of them.) In short, they'll send you out into the world, certain you've become the truest — and nastiest — version of you.

1"Art" by Erika Jo Brown

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2"What Would Gwendolyn Brooks Do?" by Parneisha Jones

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3"In the Dream" by Jenny Johnson

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4"For Joe" by Sandra Simonds

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5"Litany" by Mahogany L. Browne

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6"Her Kind" by Anne Sexton

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7"A Fold of Sun" by Magdalena Zurawski

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