“I don’t know whether I chose to do poetry, more so than I was just writing, and it just turned into this. But I love it, and I never want to stop.” – Tia, 17
“This poem is an ode to becoming the inferno I want to see in the world…”
Meet 17-year-old Jaha Bella, member of Team Atlanta, going to Brave New Voices in July.
Get to know Ninel Nekay, 19, Atlanta’s Poet Laureate 2016-17 and a member of Team Atlanta, heading to Brave New Voices international poetry slam.
How sweet the sound
As the harmony floated about the bellies of slave ships…
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…
I am brown/Brown, dirt is brown/They think I am dirt, dust/
They clean me out from underneath their fingernails/Wrinkle their noses in disgust/
But no, I am brown/Brown, black soil, fertile/I am soil/I am your roots/Without me no trees/No oxygen for you to breathe…
I am girl/and girl does not mean/“Sexualize me”/“Pry me apart”/“Look me up and down.”
White child, are you afraid of me? With skin black and teeth gleaming/I pray that you outgrow your fear of the dark/It is best for us both
I have no clue why she would be dressed up this nicely at a train station but that is non of my business/ The point is that I wanted to complement her/ But being that most of my friends are women/I’ve heard enough creeper horror stories to know that if I didn’t approach her correctly/
I could go down in her own history book as another creepy ass guy on the train trying to holler/So I didn’t/I still don’t
Paideia poet Royce Mann, 14, spoke up about his slam poem “White Boy Privilege,” how quickly it went viral, and what he hopes to achieve: “I want people who disagree with me to see that video.”