My found poem would not upload either, so here it is typed out ” escape from       the humdrum

remedy the despair       “Of Love

connect with one another.

cut through the isolation of      life.

‘move out

from house to pub to flat to café to house 

to the next


a human being with strong passions and good reasons,”

tear                   and remake

something new.”



For my article, I decided to stray away from something political that would make me angry. I decided to look at the passing of British poet Judith Kazantzis. An overview of her work and life were described by the New York Times article, and this did make me sad because I have read some of her pieces of work for other classes and quite enjoyed them. Kazantzis was a woman who tried to empower other women, and later in life turned her focus on political issues. These two characteristics are important to me, so I tried to play off of those ideas and focus on connections. Plus, since we are making poems, I thought using an article about a poet was appropriate.

I tried to have the idea of connections come across with this poem. I think that in the world today it can be challenging to be reminded to treat others the way we want to be treated. There is so much hatred, discrimination, intolerance, and drama, that I wanted to emphasize on the idea that love and connections with friends and family are so important. Being “good to your neighbor” and loving unapologetically is something I try to live by everyday, and I wanted that to come through with this.


Microaggression and Serena Williams

The prose poems in the first 40 pages of Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine highlight and define the term microaggression. Microaggression is, “a statement, action, or incident regarded as an instance of indirect, subtle, or unintentional discrimination against members of a marginalized group such as a racial or ethnic minority” (Oxford Dictionary). I was really drawn to the pages where Rankine used Serena Williams as an example to spotlight these underhanded comments / actions that occur on a daily basis, and how recipients react to said occurrences. For example, Serena faced prejudice on the court when the umpire declares that her foot was on the line while she was serving. After the buildup of other injustices from umpires, players, and fans alike,(five bad calls from Mariana Alves, Indian Wells, etc.) Serena “snaps”. She yells, “I swear to God I’m fucking going to take this fucking ball and shove it down your fucking throat, you hear that? I swear to God! (Williams, 29). I feel as if this quote is extremely pertinent to these two sections of the book. There were so many instances and microaggressions, that Serena finally let out her frustration and anger. In a world where we are taught that silence is better than violence, I agree with Rankine when she says, “It is difficult not to applaud her for existing in the moment, for fighting crazily against the so-called wrongness of her body’s positioning at the service line” (29). Even though many people deemed Williams as “crazy” after this outburst, it is empowering to see her stand her ground, no matter how the delivery may be; because in actuality Williams is reacting to much more than just her body’s positioning.


  1. There have been many examples of racism, microaggressions, and oppression that African Americans specifically have had to face. Take for example the riots in Ferguson, Missouri after the death of Michael Brown. Do you think violence, or even an outburst like Serena’s, is ever “the answer”? In better terminology, do you believe it is better to be silent, or to react to these microaggressions?
  2. Can you find other examples of microaggression throughout the story?

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Hi! My name is Adrienne. If you didn’t understand the title of my blog, you’ve never seen the Rocky movies. Anyways, I am a transfer student from OCC, and my major is Adolescent Education with a concentration in English. I am looking forward to this class and am excited to use the blog as a platform to communicate with the rest of my classmates! P.S. – If you love a good breakfast, I’m a waitress at AJ’s Diner on Port Watson St. on the weekends!!