Three To Read #9 with Amanda Oaks


Sleepless Ocean
by Mahogany L. Browne in Winter Tangerine Review.

Mahogany‘s spoken word performances have floored me for years, she has 3 poignant pieces in Winter Tangerine Review’s feature: Hands Up Don’t Shoot : Exploring what it means to be black in America.

Because a Black mother know ain’t no song for that empty in ya belly
Because a Black mother know ain’t no ocean big enough to carry away the corpses

Go. Read her poems. Read the entire feature. It’s brimming with high-priority, heart-stirring poetry.


Cornflake Girl
by John Mortara in BE ABOUT IT.

John is one of the most delightful humans I’ve ever bumped into virtually. I have been digging on their work since I found them via their genius poetry baby, Voicemail Poems. They have a choose-your-own-adventure poetry book out right now, like really, COME ON, more genius. Anywho, enough friend crushing & onto the poem… Anyone who knows me knows I adore Tori (predictable, I know) & Cornflake Girl has been one of my main jams forever so this piece hit me right in the heart & is currently stuck in there— it curled right up beside the song who has been plastering posters on the walls of her alcove for years, they are currently cuddling & digging on each other & telling each other how brave & beautiful they are.


Wilderness Tips
by Joanna Hoffman at Drunk in a Midnight Choir.

Loved Drunk in a Midnight Choir’s Valentine’s Day Love Showdown, big fan of all they do!! Joanna knocked me on my ass with her 3 poems but “Wilderness Tips”— I wish I had this poem folded up into a football & tucked in my back pocket since I was old enough to know heartache, something I could pass along to a friend in need if life demanded it, something I could look on when I was afraid to show my snarl. Every single line in this poem is solid.

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Amanda Oaks is the founding editor of Words Dance Publishing. Her works have appeared in numerous online & print publications, including Stirring, Dressing Room Poetry Journal, Glamour, Elle, Parenting & Artful Blogging. She is the author of two poetry collections, Hurricane Mouth (NightBallet Press 2014) & her co-authored split book, I Eat Crow (Words Dance 2014). She is currently working on a collection titled, Raised on Pop Songs. She likes poems that bloody her mouth just to kiss it clean.