After an unforgivably long hiatus, I have returned to the world of cyber psychosis and decided to reconnect with the blogging world. A number of things prompted this return, but most notably it was the incredible new things I’ve been experiencing and the inspiring people I’ve had the honor of meeting.
A week ago, on Saturday, July 18th, I witnessed some of the most ridiculously gifted youth perform at the 2009 Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Finals at the Chicago Theater. Armed with their poetic zeal, these teens graced the stage with a kind of expressive strength, confidence, global consciousness, and relentless love for their art that touched me to my core. The fire and courage behind their words left me speechless, leaving me victim to what I would call “awediance paralysis”: wide-eyed, and open-mouthed, captivated by the creative power before me.
Through each verse, these brave new voices masterfully wove an intricate patchwork of our struggles, leading an all-out war against ignorance and indifference. Unabashedly delving into topics such as racism, homosexuality, drugs, aids, and rape, these youths took us on a roller coaster of emotions – schooling us on the power of the human spirit.
I’m still working on getting a hold of the audio podcast of the performance, but in the meantime, here’s a clip I found which gives a taste of the talent from that night:
Props and congratulations to all of you. You have awoken the beast within.