“Dear Self” A Poem about Body Image

  |  Topic: Atlanta Teen Voices, Atlanta Word Works, Health and Wellness, Poetry
Written By: Maxxe Albert-Deitch, 12th Grade, The Westminster Schools
Maxxe Albert-Deitch

Dear Self, When you stand in front of a mirror, your hands slide over your skin. Your fingernails never dig into your flesh, but make no mistake. You have never been gentle, and you spend this time ripping yourself apart. You pinch at your belly, and watch until the red marks of your fingers fade […]

‘African-American Freakshow’ A Poem

  |  Topic: Atlanta Word Works, Poetry, Race/Ethnicity
Written By: Ogechi Ofodu, 19, Georgia State University
Ogechi Ofodu

Ladies and Gentlemen! Children of all ages! Welcome to the African-American Freakshow!   Where you learn my African-not-“American” name,  Ogechi And you pause… then you then you utter “Oh, it’s a beautiful name” But, your eyes tell lies and your beauty is just a white/polite way of saying bizarre, weird, odd But I forgot, this […]

‘The Salon’ A Poem about Hair

  |  Topic: Atlanta Teen Voices, Atlanta Word Works, Girl Code, Identity, Poetry
Written By: Mailo., 16, Campbell High School
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This poem is for the broken combs and blue magic For pink lotion and just for me texturizers I sat for 5 hours In a hot salon that smelled of crack conditioner and oil sheen There is where I learned that I defy gravity I learned that finger waves make your hair grow And essential […]

‘And Still I Rise’ Teen Spoken Word Workshop & Poetry Slam

  |  Topic: Atlanta Teen Voices, Atlanta Word Works, Poetry, Videos
Written By: Christian Stallworth, Holyn Thigpen and Mikael Trench
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The line to sign up for this poetry slam was filled with more than 20 teens anxious to take the opportunity. I realized teens are not usually allowed a chance like this and that when given this chance, they jump at the privilege.

Legends Don’t Explain Themselves

  |  Topic: Atlanta Teen Voices, Atlanta Word Works, Poetry, Race/Ethnicity
Written By: Rin Faith, 16, South Cobb High School
Rin Faith, 16, South Dekalb High School is on the far left

Over the past 8 years, I have gathered that legends don’t explain themselves.
Over the past 8 years, I have seen black pride spread out amongst the 50 states in waves of melanin love and afro acceptance…

Safe Spaces

  |  Topic: Poetry
Written By: Victoria Diaz
Safe-spaces by Victoria Diaz

Flowers must first crack through their seeds in order to reach the light, and that takes effort, but it happens naturally as a cycle of life.
I’d say so does our growth.