Monthly Archives: November 2013

Shrinking Women

POET: Lily Myers PIECE: Shrinking Women TOPICS DISCUSSED:
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Beginning, Middle & End

POET: Phil Kaye PIECE: Beginning, Middle & End TOPICS DISCUSSED: Socialization SUMMARY: Everyone’s story had a beginning, a middle, and an end. Not always in that order. This poem, is the life-cycle of one boy. Key Lines/Phrases Key Line/PhraseDiscussion “We [...]
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Handshakes

POET: Guante PIECE: Handshakes TOPICS DISCUSSED: Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation SUMMARY: The art of the handshake reveals a connection with masculinity, power, and dominance. Key Lines/Phrases Key Line/PhraseDiscussion “Some men treat every handshake as a gladiator’s death-match, a test [...]
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The Ugly Show

POET: Black Ice PIECE: The Ugly Show TOPICS DISCUSSED: Population, Urbanization, and Environment SUMMARY: Black Ice reflects on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Key Lines/Phrases Key Line/PhraseDiscussion “The 9th ward been the tissue
 That the city’s wipes his ass with” [...]
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Pretty

POET: Katie Makkai PIECE: Pretty CATEGORIES DISCUSSED: Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation SUMMARY: Kattie Makkai grapples with the concept of pretty and the toll it takes on her body. Key Lines/Phrases Key Line/PhraseDiscussion “Not her fault. She, too, was raised [...]
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Grandfather

POET: Ayinde Russell PIECE: Grandfather CATEGORIES DISCUSSED: Family SUMMARY: The impact of one’s grandfather, especially during the final days of life, leaves Ayinde Russell to think about the impact of his words, commitment, and legacy. Key Lines/Phrases Key Line/PhraseDiscussion “Grandpa [...]
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Waiting for Someone

POET: Lamar Jorden PIECE: Waiting for Someone CATEGORIES DISCUSSED: Society and Culture SUMMARY: Lamar Jorden meets a homeless veteran, who shares the struggle of reintegration into society. Key Lines/Phrases Key Line/PhraseDiscussion “I see a tear-shaped white flag surrender from his [...]
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Place Matters

POET: Clint Smith PIECE: Place Matters CATEGORIES DISCUSSED:
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TetherBall

POET: Ant Black PIECE: TetherBall CATEGORIES DISCUSSED: Gender, Whiteness, Privilege SUMMARY: Professor Ant Black discusses gender expectations and limitations in society. Key Lines/Phrases Key Line/PhraseDiscussion “Not having to think about something sounds like an amazing privilege.” While the artist states [...]
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