After four congresswomen faced racist attacks last week, we asked Guardian readers to share inspiring lines from poems and literature about overcoming hate
After a chant of send her back broke out at Donald Trumps rally in North Carolina last week, the Minnesota congresswoman Ilhan Omar responded by posting several lines from the Maya Angelou poem Still I Rise on Twitter.
The Guardian and Pen America asked a number of writers and poets including Min Jin Lee, Gregory Pardlo and Andrew Solomon to share favorite lines from poetry and literature about overcoming hatred.
We also asked you, our readers, to share favorite lines. What follows is a selection of your submissions.
I dont need your praise
to survive. I was here first,
before you were here, before
you ever planted a garden.
And Ill be here when only the sun and moon
are left, and the sea, and the wide field.
I will constitute the field.
excerpt from Witchgrass by Louise Glck
We grow up forgetting
our incidental placements
become fond of whatever
bread and religion we are fed.
excerpt from I Didnt Ask For My Parents by Sholeh Wolp
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