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The Radical Poetry of Gwendolyn Brooks, the First Black Author to Win a Pulitzer Prize

Posted on June 6, 2017 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (3)

Her poetry portrayed African American life in a complex and vulnerable way.





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Politicians could 'learn a lot' from the power of poetry

Posted on May 30, 2017 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Tony Walsh's moving poem in the aftermath of the Manchester bombing highlights the political and radical potential of poetry.




'We stand tall': A poem for the people of Manchester


By Katie Spencer, Arts and Entertainment Correspondent ht...
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Kano Congratulates Anthony Joshua With Spoken Word Tribute

Posted on May 9, 2017 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

The 'Made in The Manor' MC delivered the passionate spoken word following Joshua's win






GRIME MC Kano has offered his congratulations to Antho...

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Meet Jaspreet Kaur, the artist using spoken word poetry to discuss everything from periods to mental illness

Posted on May 9, 2017 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)




Jaspreet Kaur is a total badass.


Not in the stereotypical way. She doesn’t ride a motorbike or open beers with h...

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Poetry gives us hope to scale and climb 'cloudy summits of our time' - UN cultural agency

Posted on March 24, 2017 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (0)


21 March 2017 –


Poetry gives us hope, the United Nations cultural agency today said, lauding verse's ability to shake us from everyday life and remind us of the surrounding beauty and the resilience of the shared human spirit.


 

In her message for World Poetry Day, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organiz...

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Letter from Africa: How poetry is taking on state censorship in Sudan

Posted on March 24, 2017 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)



In our series of letters from African journalists, Yousra Elbagir looks at how Sudan's young poets are reviving the nation's tradition of lyrical resistance.


President Omar al-Bashir's government likes to keep a tight rein over Sudan's media and cultural institutions, with state-endorsed competitions and publications trying to replace a once...

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Roundhouse's The Last Word tackles post-truth world of 2017

Posted on March 2, 2017 at 7:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Diversity, immigration, post-truth politics and mental health are all on the agenda this year






The Camden Roundhouse’s popular The Last Word festival ret...

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This Vibrant Short Film Captures The Spirit Of Chicago In Poetry, Music, And Dance

Posted on March 2, 2017 at 7:45 AM Comments comments (0)

With help from Chicago dancer Litebulb and music by Chance The Rapper, Ode To Footwork vividly brings a Kevin Coval poem to life.





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Watch: Moving Spoken Word Performance About Police Brutality

Posted on February 22, 2017 at 7:55 AM Comments comments (0)

‘Black Man with the Black Hands’ is a poem by Tiana Marie Ford, and has been doing the rounds across social media

21/02/2017 06:30 PM http://www.voice-online.co.uk/article/watch-moving-spoken-word-performance-about-police-brutality


 

BLACK MAN with the Black Hands is a moving response to police brutality in America.


 

The four-minute video serves as a medium to celebrate and honour our black men from t...

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This powerful spoken word performance about assault beautifully expresses how men can help

Posted on October 21, 2016 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (3)




The past few weeks the news has been focused on women and the issue of sexual assault. Presidential Nominee Donald Trump began a wave of outrage and speaking out with a video tape from several years ago. Donald was caught on tape bragging to Billy Bush about what amounts to sexually assaulting ...

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Poetic justice: the rise of brilliant women writing in dark times

Posted on July 29, 2016 at 12:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Millions are turning to poetry in response to a year of troubling news stories – with previously excluded voices in the field now going viral




“Hera Lindsay Bird has attracted the biggest hoo-ha with a poetry book I can recall,” wrote one reviewer ...

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The growing popularity of performance poetry is a boost for mental wellbeing

Posted on June 2, 2016 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (0)


Spoken word is expressive and free, enabling performers to speak openly and honestly about issues in a controlled and safe environment



Lucy English

Thursday 2 June 2016 10.30 BST https://www.theguardian.com/culture-professionals-network/2016/jun/02/performance-poetry-boost-for-mental-wellbeing?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

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Warsan Shire: the Somali-British poet quoted by Beyoncé in Lemonade

Posted on April 27, 2016 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)

She was London’s Young Poet Laureate, becoming a voice for its marginalised people – now her work has been recited by the queen of pop.




She writes of places where many Beyoncé fans rarely go, the portions of London where the faces are black and brown, ...

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