January 3, 2015

I am Not Afraid to Tell you that I am Beautiful. {Poem}

I am beautiful

I am not afraid to tell you

that I am beautiful

for being at home in our my heart

and hearts shoes

did not come to me at birth


I’ve unravelled, searched

done copious amounts of work

I’ve travelled and done

seen and asked

participated in this planet

my growth

I’ve sat with my shadow

soul spelunked


the beauty that we hear of

cannot always be seen

but it can be felt

in the eyes of the ones

that shout sunshine

the ones with no fear in their hearts

that aren’t threatened by

the brilliant existence

the magnificence of the others

that roam beside us


beauty is seeing that woman


saluting her

in her exquisiteness

knowing we see that brilliance

because we, too

are at home in our

whole souls

bodies, too


So if this is vain

I am vain

If this is narcissistic

I am a narcissist


I would rather be

all of these things

then shake

with fear in my heart

whenever a beautiful woman

walks into a room


So I will say it



listen with softer ears





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Author: Janne Robinson

Editor: Ashleigh Hitchcock

Photo: courtesy of the author

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Jani Dec 27, 2015 7:31pm

My mom used to fill my head with similar reinforcements. She would say, ‘admire a woman that is beautiful’ and ‘allow others to compliment my beauty’. She said,’thats a very powerful asset, but u gotta mean it’. ‘ There will b people in life that will pleasure in your discomfort and pit woman against woman, ideally to leave you both feeling inferior in walks the “divider” with the power’. ‘Don’t GIVE anyone ever your permission to wield your power’.

mazal1987 May 25, 2015 11:42am

Absolutely beautiful! Love the effortless way you capture sentiments normally too ephemeral to grasp. I've just hit the tip of the iceberg with your writing and cannot wait to continue digging!

Rochelle Feb 12, 2015 2:53pm

Janne, I've been following you a long time and am happy to have your poem attached to mine. YAY. 🙂 Check it out if you want. http://www.elephantjournal.com/2015/02/withering-

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Janne Robinson

Janne Robinson is a 21st-century feminist beat poet. Her voice haunts with the legacy of early feminists and poets such as Gloria Steinem, Charles Bukowski, and Jack Kerouac. Her no sugar shit prose cuts with the honesty and simplicity of Bukowski and the romantic reliability of Kerouac. Her poetry leads like a woman, walking with fire in the footprints of Steinem—breathing sexual liberation, choice, and overall championing women to their birthright of not only equality but leadership.

Robinson notoriously states that her career is to “share slabs of her heart for a living.” Her ability to capture the human experience with unrefined sincerity makes her an incredible force in the modern landscape of personal expression.

Her loyal following of enthusiasts on social media are there not only for her brutal honesty and lyrical grace but also for her lifestyle, which is a mirror of her devotion to joy and refusal to work to work to work to die. Robinson’s films and art shit on the societal “shoulds” and norms and encourage people to ‘build their own box’. She is an outrageous idealist and master at effortlessly marrying the life she wishes to live with her work, and this enrages and inspires many who believe they are trapped.

Robinson’s foray into directing and the multimedia world was in directing a spoken word poetry film in NYC involving 18 women reading the lines from her poem, “This Is For The Women Who Don’t Give a Fuck.” The film was a viral sensation online and was nominated for the 2016 Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards.

Janne is very much so crowning at the beginning of what is and will be a triumphant career, and she has begun so with the hearts of millions indebted and watching as it is rare to stumble upon a woman who makes revolution nature.

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