APRIL IS NATIONAL POETRY MONTH!
A renowned poet. The first black woman to publish a book in ameriKKKa. Her poems have appeared in numerous newspapers.
Born in west Africa, kidnapped as a child, and sold to the Wheatley family. Named after the slave ship that transported her to Boston. Phillis Wheatley would become a pioneer African American Poet.
Tutored by the Wheatley children, Phillis would excel in her studies. By the age of 12, Phillis Wheatley mastered English, Greek, and the Latin language. Read difficult bible passages. Two years later, she would write her first poem entitled “To the University of Cambridge, in New England.” The world marveled at her brilliance. In 1773, Phillis Wheatley's first volume of poetry was published in London. Shortly after, she was emancipated.
Without further ado, I present Phillis Wheatley
O thou bright jewel in my aim I strive