Ebony Stewart - “Box”
"There is no skull and crossbones over your heart. You are a good thing, that somebody be dying to get next to."
Performing at the 2014 Women of the World Poetry Slam.
Gage Wallace - “How We Have Learned To Love”
"This is how we have learned to love. Texting each other pictures of our bodies. When we share a bed, we only know how to touch ourselves."
No wonder this guy won the Valentine’s Day tournament.
Neil Hilborn - “Static Electricity”
"Kissing you is like a bundle of kittens colliding with my face at 0.5 miles per hour."
Performing at the Saint Paul Poetry Slam.
"We’re learning a lot about this thing called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. This war time disease. This combat fatigue diagnosis. And we read something worth sharing. Fact, urban youth are twice as likely to get Post Traumatic Stress Disorder than soldiers who are coming home from war. So tell me, what’s the difference between homicide in the streets and bloodshed on the battlefields of Iraq. […] The only difference there is between a soldier with PTSD and one of my students with it is that a soldier gets to leave the battlefield, while my kids go home to it."
That last gif. It took me years to stop responding to my triggers, but the emotional flatlining persists. Pretty sure that’s here to stay.