I chose this poem above all of the others on this playlist. Emtithal tells her unsettling story and I found it extremely moving. I admire that she had so many horrible experiences, yet still decides makes the most of her life and chooses to spread her message. She tells about her life in Darfur and also about a very close friends death. She also touches on Syria and other genocides that are sadly being overlooked by far to many that have the capability to help. I also admired how she explained why she love poetry and decides to present her poems rather than the mainstream way of telling life stories through a novel.
I selected this video because of how clear message in this poem is clear from the very start. Technology has had such a immense effect on the world today its just considered "the norm". Its common to see groups of people with all of their attention on their phones, when in the past groups of people would spend time together for the social interaction. Now most social interaction is done on social media. The way he makes this message so personal really spoke to me. All the topics he discusses are very real everyday things, he is trying to say that we should create a balance in our lives. I like how he clarifies that its okay to enjoy social media and technology, but don't allow it consume you.
This video really stood out to me because of how effectively Neil Hilborn brought his emotions to the surface. He indicated the real life lessons he has learned about how cruel life can be and as Robert Frost said "Nothing Gold Can Stay". I also found it very insightful how he used repetition to shed light onto his disorder. People commonly view OCD as just liking things to be organized or done a certain way, when in reality the condition is much more severe. Overall I chose this poem because it was very dramatic and moving, yet told in a original way.
I chose this video because Taylor Mali genuinely brought forth a lot of the things that teachers do that are commonly overlooked. When teachers really care, they often wind up teaching their students much more than their designated subject, also including morals and ethics. Although teachers play a substantial role in many students lives, adults with other occupations often times only seem to acknowledge the fact that teachers have a lower income. I also enjoyed how he presented his performance with a cold seriousness while also including bits of comedy to keep the audience entertained, it shed light on his ability to work an audience.
One of many reasons I chose this video is because Rives really had to have participated in hours of research to create this spoken word piece. He managed to create this by connecting dates, art work, presidents, and events that happened at 4 a.m. like perfect puzzle pieces. With factual events and coincidental evidence he talks about what could possibly be so bad about this peaceful time in the morning. He even goes as far as to play clips from "The Simpson's" and various song lyrics that mention 4 a.m. Somehow this time has grown a very negative reputation. I chose this piece because I found it so interesting how he could find so much evidence that fit so perfectly together. I also find this interesting because 4 a.m. seems to be such an eventful time for some people...while this is a time most individuals are supposed to be asleep!
In this poem, although in my opinion the poet is clearly unprofessional there are still very clear underlying messages. She speaks about how ultimately her mother's misfortunes and decisions helped form her as an individual. Many children are told fibs such as Santa Claus or the Tooth Fairy, but she spoke about lies she was told such as how eating bread crust would make her hair curly, because they weren't fortunate enough to have any other food. I chose this poem because it shows how dramaticallynthings we are told as children can effect our choices and thoughts later on in life. I also admired how she displayed that you don't have to be a professional or a published author to write poetry of your own.
This poem is about what is really taught in high school. In my opinion, this is almost like the students point of view from the poem "What Teachers Make" by Taylor Mali. It talks about how the truth is hard to believe and how everyone is so pressured to go to college that some give up before they even start the process. I chose this video to be on my playlist because it explains how segregated students are in school due to athletic ability, academic ability, and general popularity. More over I picked it because he explains how education systems are failing in such a unique way.