5 Female Poets

"a list of 5" by shenelva Abigail booij

1. Rupi Kaur

You’ve probably already seen her work on Instagram. The poems and illustrations from her book ‘Milk and Honey’ have taken the Internet by storm. The book takes you on a journey through different seasons of Rupi’s life; the hurt, the love, the breakdowns and - finally - the healing.

Each chapter is written with an overwhelming amount of honesty, and perfectly describes how life-changing obstacles - like rape and abuse - ruled her life, and ended up transforming into lessons and growth.

i want to apologize to all the women i have called beautiful
before i’ve called them intelligent or brave
i am sorry i made it sound as though
something as simple as what you’re born with
is all you have to be proud of
when you have broken mountains with your wit
from now on i will say things like
you are resilient, or you are extraordinary
not because i don’t think you’re beautiful
but because i need you to know
you are more than that
— Rupi Kaur, Milk and Honey
i am water

soft enough
to offer life
tough enough
to drown it away
— Rupi Kaur, Milk and Honey

2. Maya Angelou

The late Maya is one of the most inspiring and phenomenal women in history. She was an actress, singer, teacher and best known for her work as a poet and civil rights activist. It was the book ‘I know why the caged bird sings’ that brought her international fame. Even after her passing, her words, wisdom and legacy are still very much alive.  

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.
— Maya Angelou, "Still I Rise"

3. Marina de Haan

Marina is a Dutch poet, a people-person and an advocate of love who believes in the power of words. She regularly visits our events and is also a contributor to our blog, so there’s a big chance that you’ve already met her or will meet her during our upcoming events!

She recently published her book ‘Lily in the Wild Field’ which exists of mainly English but also some Dutch poetry. Poems which take you from dark alleys to wild oceans and glorious sunlight. 

Your words form the very essence of your soul.
— Marina de Haan, Lily In The Wild Field
Arise my girl
Come dance with me
On the shores of victory
On the streets of joy
Come wander away with me
Over the path of life
Towards the crossroad of new beginnings
Into the tunnel of life abundantly
Let me guide you around treasures of majesty
Let me show you how you can be completely free
I will be your guide
I’ll look after you from every side
You just arise
— Marina de Haan, Lily In The Wild Field

4. Alexandra Elle

Alexandra Elle, also known as Alex Elle,lives in Washington DC and uses writing as her therapy. Her main goal of writing is to find healing. Through her published books and her poems on Instagram, a lot of people are able learn about developing a deep sense of self-love, as well as about the importance of self-care. 

When you live in love and light, you will not go unseen; ignite the world with every flame of your being.
— Alexandra Elle, Words from a Wanderer
I am thankful for my struggle because without it, I wouldn’t have stumbled upon my strength.
— Alexandra Elle

5. Melody Hansen

Melody is an art director, musician, poet and graphic designer from Switzerland who is currently living in Canada. She’s known for her simple but relatable poetry and illustrations. Her poetry work exists of handwritten quotes and thoughts. She never uses digital fonts. Melody recently made the artwork for two albums of famous singer ‘Goldlink’ and for the E.P. of DJ Hanna Faith.

Words + Illustrations by  Melody Hansen

Words + Illustrations by Melody Hansen

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