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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: Deviance and Social Control SUMMARY: Recalling the raised fist protest in the 1968 Olympics. Key Lines/Phrases Key Line/PhraseDiscussion “You won the races/ Just to beat the [...]
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An Open Letter to the 2017 National Poetry Slam Championship Team

Dear San Diego Slam, I am not the first, but I hope you will find my congratulations to be among the most heartfelt. You all have made yours and my dream come true. It's hardly conceivable that I can be […]

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The Passion of El Hulk Hogancito

I have an early memory of spoken word poetry, a clear audible and visual memory – Jay Perez of the Freedom Writers, eyes closed, one hand over his chest, the other stretched toward the sky, “GIVE BACK MY MOTHERLAND!” This […]

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Small Towns

POET: Ollie Schminkey and Wyatt Fleckenstein PIECE: Small Towns TOPICS DISCUSSED: Religion SUMMARY:This poem shows how people in religious people can often be more judgmental based off of their faith than loving - which is arguably a more important value [...]
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Rigged Game

POET: Dylan Garity PIECE: Rigged Game TOPICS DISCUSSED: Education SUMMARY: The impact of No Child Left Behind on English language learners Key Lines/Phrases Key Line/PhraseDiscussion “Improving a school by picking its pockets is like tuning a guitar by ripping off [...]
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Why is We Americans

POET: Amiri Baraka PIECE: Why is We Americans TOPICS DISCUSSED: Politics and Government SUMMARY: An articulation of the structural and cultural exploitation by the premiere voice of the Black Arts Movement. Key Lines and Discussion Key Lines/PhrasesDiscussion “Bu-de-daaaa Bu-de-daaaa Pu [...]
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Rekia Boyd

POET: Porsha Olayiwa PIECE: Rekia Boyd TOPICS DISCUSSED: Race and Ethnicity SUMMARY: The murder of Rekia Boyd by a police officer was met with relative absence by demonstrators, Porsha Olayiwa explores silence. Key Lines/Phrases Key Line/PhraseDiscussion “I guess, No one [...]
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What’s Genocide

POET: Carlos Andrés Gómez PIECE: Education TOPICS DISCUSSED: Education SUMMARY: When we use censorship in education, it is not what we leave out, but who gets left out. Key Lines/Phrases Key Line/PhraseDiscussion “your books leave out Emmett Till and Medgar [...]
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Wile E Coyote

POET: Shane Hawley PIECE: Wile E Coyote TOPICS DISCUSSED:
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