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‘In a MOLT minute’   ~ Make your own X.  Each “arm” of the X can be a poem, passage of fiction, a news article ~ even a recipe. Print on paper or transparency film, cutting out each individual line, then glue to fabric in the shape of an X. Think carefully about who to include in your X.

 

 

 

Betty Saunders, born in ................................................... Virginie Avegno, born in

Detroit, lived mostly in New ............................................ Louisiana, moved with her

York.  While in nursing school ...................................... family to Paris after her

she joined the Nation of Islam, ............................. father's death, where she led

changing her last name to "X," ............................... a glittering social life and

to symbolize her lost tribal name. ............................ married Pierre Gautreau.

In 1958 she married Malcolm ............................. Renowned for her pale skin,

X (Malik Shabazz). After his ................... the painter John Singer Sargeant

assassination, with six daughters .............. completed her portrait, entitled

to support, Betty Shabazz ..................... "Madame X," in 1884.  Showing

went back to school for a ................... her in a black evening gown,

doctorate in educational ................  with one of the straps slipped

administration.  Activist, .......... off the shoulder, the provocative

educator, grandmother, she died ..... portrait unexpectedly caused

 in 1997 from burns sustained in  . a scandal;  Madame Gautreau’s

a house fire set by her grandson. .... own mother even hated it.

  Carolyn Kizer was born ............ In “Trouble” Marvin Gaye sang

in 1925 in  Spokane. ......... "…three things in life are certain:

She founded the literary ................. trouble, death and taxes."

journal "Poetry Northwest," ................ In the more familiar cliché,

 has published eight books ..................... only TWO things are certain:

of poetry, and been awarded ................... death and taxes.  But for the

the Pulitzer Prize. ............................. . menstrual product industry,

In her poem, “Pro Femina,” ........................ apparently only ONE thing is

written in the mid-1950s, ............................. certain:  "Peace in Texas."

she said of women writers: ..............................that is, Tampax ends in "pax,"

“…we are the custodians of the ............................... the Latin word for "peace";

world’s best kept secret: ...................................... Kotex and Playtex both end

 merely the private lives ........................................... in "tex," the abbreviation

of one-half of humanity.” ............................................ for Texas; leaving us with

   That is, the one-half carrying ........... ............................ "Peace in Texas," or, as they

the "XX" sex chromosomes. ............................................... usually put it:  “protection.”

 

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