Friday, November 17, 2017

View this email on a browserForward to a friend
November 17, 2017

Given to Rust

Vievee Francis

About This Poem


"There are few things worse than being silenced, than having one's voice stifled. In my twenties I lost my singing voice to cancer. Now, the spoken word, conversation, vocalization itself is vital and deeply personal to me, and as much a part of my understanding of self and being as inscription. There are those who cannot stand to hear the truth and are willing to allow harm to not have to listen. I have known such people, and even held them close. But in this poem I hope to convey the consequences of silencing can be dire. And I mean to be heard one way or another, no matter the cost."
—Vievee Francis


Vievee Francis is the author of Forest Primeval (TriQuarterly Books, 2015). She serves as an associate editor for Callaloo and is an associate professor of English and creative writing at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.


Poetry by Francis


Forest Primeval

(TriQuarterly Books, 2015)

"SONNET (silenced)" by Olena Kalytiak Davis


"Consider the Hands that Write This Letter" by Aracelis Girmay


"Mama's Promise" by Marilyn Nelson




If you value Poem-a-Day, please consider a monthly donation or one-time gift to help make it possible. Poem-a-Day is the only digital series publishing new, previously unpublished work by today's poets each weekday morning. The free series, which also features a curated selection of classic poems on weekends, reaches 450,000+ readers daily. Thank you!


"Given to Rust" by Vievee Francis



Posted by: "Aashima Lulla" <>

Dear Members,

We have been receiving many complaints from our members about the mails going into the SPAM folder.

To prevent this problem:

You need to add the address : in your address book.

All Members are requested to report any ABUSE or SPAM by other members of the Group. Any member who is found guilty of any such violations will be BANNED from the Group immediately and will be Reported to Yahoo! for further action. Members may report the issue by Forwarding us the mail at and make sure that you copy and paste the Full Header of the mail along with the reported mail.

In case you no longer want to receive mails and Unsubscribe, send an email to:


[Fropki] Disha Patani takes off Underwear for GQ