After a seemingly never-ending winter, spring is finally here and has brought with it National Poetry Month, April's month-long celebration of all things poetic and lyrical. There are a million different ways to participate in is incredible literary tradition, from attending a local poetry slam to starting your own poetry book club, but no matter how you decide to do it, make sure you include these feminist poetry collections in your festivities.
In a world where they're so often ignored or all together silenced, women have always relied on art as a form of expression and empowerment. Poets have even figured out how to weaponize it. From Adrienne Rich to Audre Lorde, Maya Angelou to Carol Ann Duffy, feminist poets have been using their writing as not only to express themselves, but to share women's stories, and the story of the movement. Just this January at the Women's March on Washington, Ashley Judd read 19-year-old Nina Donovan's poem "Nasty Woman" to the hundreds of thousands of protesters who showed up to fight for justice and equality less than 24 hours after the new administration took office. Like music, writing, and other forms of art, poetry has the power to inspire, to provoke, to motivate, to connect, and to educate, and when it comes to feminism, sometimes, there couldn't be an easier messenger.