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Posts tagged "slam poetry"


Carlos Andrés Gómez - “What’s Genocide?” (HBO’s “Def Poetry,” Season 6)

I actually saw Carlos Andrés Gómez live last night at an AMAZING open mic and spoken word lounge at my school last night… When he said he was about to perform “What’s Genocide” at the end of his set I ACTUALLY freaked out in the audience… I was definitely inspired.

Stop whatever you’re doing and listen to this man do this spoken word.




She has said everything that I have been dying to say for a while now. Just too knee deep in the metaphors of my depression to say it.

I am Queer. Afro-Caribbean.and a child of the Universe.


Staceyann Chin is so on point, and that “fuck you!” part is me, like everyday.


Love this woman!!!

My favorite female poet. And she’s Jamaican like me!! ayeayeaye lol


I’m never going to NOT be upset about this

(via luaunomi-deactivated20121108)



they won’t let you hear the truth at school
if that person says “fuck”
can’t even talk about “fuck”
even though a third of your senior class
is pregnant.

I can’t teach an 18-year-old girl in a public school
how to use a condom that will save her life
and that of the orphan she will be forced
to give to the foster care system—
“Carlos, how many 13-year-olds do you know that are HIV-positive?”

“Honestly, none. But I do visit a shelter every Monday and talk with
six 12-year-old girls with diagnosed AIDS.”
while 4th graders three blocks away give little boys blowjobs during recess
I met an 11-year-old gang member in the Bronx who carries
a semi-automatic weapon to study hall so he can make it home
and you want me to censor my language

“Carlos, what’s genocide?”

your books leave out Emmett Till and Medgar Evers
call themselves “World History” and don’t mention
King Leopold or diamond mines
call themselves “Politics in the Modern World”
and don’t mention Apartheid

“Carlos, what’s genocide?”

you wonder why children hide in adult bodies
lie under light-color-eyed contact lenses
learn to fetishize the size of their asses
and simultaneously hate their lips
my students thought Che Guevara was a rapper
from East Harlem
still think my Mumia t-shirt is of Bob Marley
how can literacy not include Phyllis Wheatley?
schools were built in the shadows of ghosts
filtered through incest and grinding teeth
molded under veils of extravagant ritual

“Carlos, what’s genocide?”

“Roselyn, how old was she? Cuántos años tuvo tu madre cuando se murió?”

“My mother had 32 years when she died. Ella era bellísima.”

…what’s genocide?

they’ve moved from sterilizing “Boriqua” women
injecting indigenous sisters with Hepatitis B,
now they just kill mothers with silent poison
stain their loyalty and love into veins and suffocate them

…what’s genocide?

Ridwan’s father hung himself
in the box because he thought his son
was ashamed of him

…what’s genocide?

Maureen’s mother gave her
skin lightening cream
the day before she started the 6th grade

…what’s genocide?

she carves straight lines into her
beautiful brown thighs so she can remember
what it feels like to heal

…what’s genocide?
…what’s genocide?

“Carlos, what’s genocide?”

“Luz, this…
this right here…

is genocide.”

- Carlos Andrés Gómez

My Carlos

I posted this before, but I loved this video so much I have to reblog it again.

<3 def poetry jam

(via manif3stlove)

Katie Makkai, a veteran poetry slammer - defining the word “pretty”.

Transcript can be found here:


Staceyann Chin - If Only Out Of Vanity (Everyone knows Feminist Or Womanist… but this one is my favorite! )

I want to be the girl your parents will use
as a bad example of a lady.
I want to be the dyke who likes to fuck men.
I want to be the politician who never lies.
I want to be the girl who never cries.

I want to go down in history in a chapter marked miscellaneous
because the writers could find no other way to categorize me,
In this world where classification is key
I want to erase the straight lines
So I can be me!

wow. yes. amazing.

i want to be her.

Am i a feminist or womanist? I am primarily concerned with the girl who is going to get raped after going home after a night at the bars at poetry readings like this one…

freaking amazing critiques on gender, race distinctions, religious hypocrisy.