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Kristy’s Fave – Ego Tripping – Giovanni

Ego Tripping (there may be a reason why)

by Nikki Giovanni

I was born in the congo
I walked to the fertile crescent and built
the sphinx
I designed a pyramid so tough that a star
that only glows every one hundred years falls
into the center giving divine perfect light
I am bad

I sat on the throne
drinking nectar with allah
I got hot and sent an ice age to europe
to cool my thirst
My oldest daughter is nefertiti
the tears from my birth pains
created the nile
I am a beautiful woman

I gazed on the forest and burned
out the sahara desert
with a packet of goat’s meat
and a change of clothes
I crossed it in two hours
I am a gazelle so swift
so swift you can’t catch me

For a birthday present when he was three
I gave my son hannibal an elephant
He gave me rome for mother’s day
My strength flows ever on

My son noah built new/ark and
I stood proudly at the helm
as we sailed on a soft summer day
I turned myself into myself and was
men intone my loving name
All praises All praises
I am the one who would save

I sowed diamonds in my back yard
My bowels deliver uranium
the filings from my fingernails are
semi-precious jewels
On a trip north
I caught a cold and blew
My nose giving oil to the arab world
I am so hip even my errors are correct
I sailed west to reach east and had to round off
the earth as I went
The hair from my head thinned and gold was laid
across three continents

I am so perfect so divine so ethereal so surreal
I cannot be comprehended except by my permission

I mean…I…can fly
like a bird in the sky…

Calling all poets! Don’t miss our Teen Poetry Slam, October 3, 6:30 p.m. at Central Library.

We’ll bring the coffee, you bring the words. 
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Book Shorts: Jumped In

Jumped InTitle: Jumped In

Author: Patrick Flores-Scott

Summary:  Set in South King County, WA, Sam is reluctantly teamed up with “gangster” Luis to create a performance poetry/rap for Ms Cassidy’s 10th grade English Class.  Filled with raw teen poetry, you can feel the rain in the book ( we don’t do snow, we love the H²O, baby!)

Gut Reaction: Give me more Patrick!  Don’t move to Michigan!

Why: Slick poetry, set in Seattle Area, for the student you sit next to in class but hardly know anything about, Latino characters and author!

Who would like this book:  Fans of Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick your Ass by Meg Medina, poetry rap fans, and fans of Matt de la Peña!

Ken, 12th Man & Librarian, High Point 

Ken 12th man

Poetic Power

I recently came across a YouTube channel that at first I didn’t really think much of: button poetry. I’ll admit I was not the biggest fan of poetry. And also I’m not that emotional. But watching these videos made me have to take a moment to collect myself after I had watched them. It has become one of my favorite things. Continue reading

From around the web…Upworthy

Watch These 4 Girls Destroy The Female Stereotype Like The Monsters They Are

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Free Teen Theatre Performance Tomorrow!

2011 Engaged Theatre Youth Residency


Engaged Theatre Residency Performance
A partnership of Freehold’s Engaged Theatre and the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative

Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012 

 TWO Performances: 4:00 pm & 7:00 pm 

Youngstown Cultural Arts Center

FREE!  To reserve a ticket: Brown Paper Tickets

You are invited to an original performance written by youth participating in Freehold’s Aloud residency

Slam Master of Seattle and Freehold Associate Partner, Daemond Arrindell  and actor and teaching artist Carter Rodriquez, have led youth in creating a unique performance using spoken word, poetry, prose, and music. This performance is a culmination of two months of after school workshops. Participating youth were referred to the program through Southwest Youth and Family Services, and are residents of Southwest Seattle.

Come share their stories, experiences, dreams, fears, and laughter. The performance will be followed by a brief talk back inviting the audience to share their experience with the youth and ask questions about their process in creating the performance. Continue reading

Poetry O'Poetry!

Poetry: O’ Poetry, groan right?  NO!  Think again. Continue reading