ModPo Week 4 – Gertrude Stein

That was many poems ago, rivers crossed.
At least that’s when it was written, expressed,
Verbalized, spoken in words and recorded.
I had the best English teachers in school.
I loved languages and all their expression.
But there didn’t seem to be money in teaching,
And plenty of good opportunities
In science and math. So that’s where I made
My home. Later it came as no surprise to me
That Gertrude Stein cut her writing teeth
On stories about Negro women recently freed.
There was money writing Negro stories –
From millions newly taught to read and write –
After ages being denied those skills by law.