BLACK VOICES
03/21/2017 05:02 pm ET Updated Mar 21, 2017

These 8 Poems Are A Reminder That Black Women Are The S**t

"Ain't God good ... and ain't I great."

There are no hardships, glories and frustrations like those that stem from the experience of black womanhood. 

With the pervasive nature of misogynoir ― seen everywhere from reality TV to the lack of media coverage around missing black girls in Washington, D.C. ― it can be difficult to remember just how exceptional we are. 

So in honor of World Poetry Day and the absurdly moving nature of spoken word, we’ve gathered a few poems that lay out exactly what makes black women so dynamic. These poems are essentially a reminder that we’re the s**t. 

Disclaimer: Some of the following poems contain profanity. 

1. “This Woman,” Alysia Harris

2. “P***y Poem,” Jasmine Williams

3. “10 Things I Want To Say To A Black Woman,” Joshua Bennett

4. “For Women Who Are Difficult To Love,” Warsan Shire

5. “A Message to Women,” Reyna Biddy

6. “Black Girl Magic,” Shasparay Lighteard

7. “Black Girl Blues,” Masterpiece Poet

8. "Black Girls Be Boxing," Stella Binion

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