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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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Drunk

POET: Thadra Sheridan PIECE: Drunk TOPICS DISCUSSED: Groups, Organization, and Interaction SUMMARY: The ordinary and extraordinary consequences of alcohol abuse by loved ones. Key Lines/Phrases Key Line/PhraseDiscussion “He did not heed this as a cautionary tale. He used it as [...]
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Black Bruins

POET: Sy Stokes PIECE: Black Bruins TOPICS DISCUSSED: Education SUMMARY: UCLA student explores the effects of racial inequality on campus. Key Lines/Phrases Key Line/PhraseDiscussion “When we have more national championships than we do black male freshmen It's evident that our [...]
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‘cuz he’s black

POET: Javon Johnson PIECE: ‘cuz he’s black TOPICS DISCUSSED: Deviance and Social Control SUMMARY: An uncle teaches his nephew to strong in the face of police, despite a history of violent social control practices against Black men. Key Lines/Phrases Key [...]
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