Youth who are into slam poetry can get rewarded for their talents and interests. At Power Poetry, youth can submit their poems and earn scholarship money or just share their words with the world. Some of their open slams feature topical events that impact youth in the world today, from racism to human trafficking, while others (that mention a scholarship in their titles) provide opportunity to further youth knowledge and education.
Today is National Black Poetry Day, a time to celebrate Black poets and their work. Could you name 5 Black poets aside from Maya Angelou? Honestly I'm not even sure if I could unless I think hard enough. This Black Poetry Day, why not take the time to explore a new poet's work? Here is a great list of SLAM poets and works to listen to.
Are you taking part in World Poetry Day? Whether you are writing, reading or sharing poetry online, feel free to share what you've got here at Poetry Talk in the chat. If you're using the hashtag #WorldPoetryDay on Twitter, you can see lots of cool poems that people are sharing. I've already watched a couple of cool slam poets and am inspired to do something similar with my class soon!
How many six-year-olds do you know who write poems against forced compulsory military service?
The poet laureate of Vermont, Robert Frost is often cited as a favorite poet among many people, whether they generally like poetry or not. That's because his works speak to the masses and convey a realistic sense of life in rural America. He was famous for taking broad, philosophical topics and portraying them through "plain people" speak, resulting in a beauty and familiarity that most people can connect with somehow.
There is an incredible Lyft driver name Tro'juan Henderson, and he's known for much more than the Lyfts he provides his community. Not only has he given over 800 rides, but he also takes the stories of his passengers and creates cool spoken word poetry from them. His #TalesFromTheLyft on Twitter and Facebook have gone viral, creating a form of art that everyone can partake in.
Although there’s no research behind it, some poets claim that poetry can keep you young. Many senior citizens are finding joy and youthful exuberance in poetry classes, and it’s not hard to see why. Poetry can draw out emotions and help you really feel alive, and it can help you relieve stress while you either read or write it.
Living from 1902 to 1967, Langston Hughes was born James Mercer Langston Hughes in Joplin, Missouri. Hughes is known for the feeling of jazz and 1920s to 1960s Black life instilled inside his poetry and books. His work was an enormous part of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and remains as relevant today as it ever was. In addition to poetry, Hughes wrote plays, novels and short stories.