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American Dream

POET: G. Yamazawa, Pages Matam, Clint Smith, and Roscoe Burnems PIECE: American Dream TOPICS DISCUSSED: Race and Ethncity SUMMARY: This poem redefines the American Dream through institutional discrimination faced by immigrants and people of color. Key Lines/Phrases Key Line/PhraseDiscussion “Like [...]
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People You May Know

POET: Kevin Kantor PIECE: People You May Know TOPICS DISCUSSED: Deviance and Social Control SUMMARY: This poem is about male rape and the trauma relived by knowing who the rapist is. Also, the poem demonstrates how society contributes to shaming, [...]
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OCD

POET:Neil Hilborn PIECE: OCD TOPICS DISCUSSED: Health and Medicine SUMMARY: Neil Hilborn reveals what it is like to be a member of society with OCD, especially when it comes to relationships—and breakups. Key Lines/Phrases Key Line/PhraseDiscussion ““How can it be [...]
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Mental Illness Testifies

POET:Nico Wilkinson PIECE: Mental Illness Testifies TOPICS DISCUSSED: Health and Medicine SUMMARY: This poem is about how we ascribe mental illness as the reason for mass shootings. Key Lines/Phrases Key Line/PhraseDiscussion “here I am on the stand, always the target, [...]
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Four Lines

POET: Brandon PIECE: Four Lines TOPICS DISCUSSED: Race and Ethnicity SUMMARY: Upbringing experience, Brandon expressed the chaos in his identity as he managed to keep his roots over the overwhelming whiteness. Key Lines/Phrases Key Line/PhraseDiscussion “No one asks your whiteness [...]
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I am Nerd

POET:Omar Holmon PIECE: I am Nerd. TOPICS DISCUSSED: Society and Culture SUMMARY: This peace shows us that being labelled a “nerd” isn’t as derogatory as you may think. And that maybe we should embrace our geeky side. Key Lines/Phrases Key [...]
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The Unwritten Letter from my Immigrant Parent

POET: Muna Abdulahi PIECE:The Unwritten Letter from my Immigrant Parent TOPICS DISCUSSED: Race and Ethnicity SUMMARY: An immigrant’s experience to motivate the next generation Key Lines/Phrases Key Line/PhraseDiscussion “the American dream was never meant for me  It was always, always [...]
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Rudy Francisco and the Possibilities of Tonight

After spending the better part of four years studying, researching, and now writing about the impact of spoken word poetry in film and television, what has remained elusive is the presence of this style of poetry on network television. Tonight, […]

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John Carlos and Tommie Smith

POET: Ant Black and Tarez Lemmons PIECE: John Carlos and Tommie Smith TOPICS DISCUSSED: Society and Culture SUMMARY: Recalling the raised fist protest in the 1968 Olympics. Key Lines/Phrases Key Line/PhraseDiscussion “You won the races/ Just to beat the racists [...]
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