Sticking to the RED theme set up by the first two posts – here’s a very amateur recording of two young poets it was my pleasure to coach at the 2010 Leeds Young Authors 7th Annual Voices of a New Generation Literature Festival and Poetry Slam:
I come back to this video a lot as the poem – written by a 12 and 13 year old before the student protests kicked off in the UK and before the uprisings in the North Afrikan/Arabian World – really speaks to the moment and is a great answer to the false foolish forced Shock Doctrine of big society (sic), privatisation, and cutting of public services. Yes, these young people have no problem in seeing and calling out the Empire as stark raving nekkid.
As a performance poet, this was definitely one of my most spine-tingling, hair-on-end proudest moments and it is gratifying to hear the word-sound power of da yout resonate with a crowd, to offer them a platform to share their knowledge and insight, and a creative outlet for their energy and passion.
Plus as Zena Edwards says of the recent SHAKE! project on which we are fortunate to be poet facilitators: “Last week has got to be the most inspiring week of the year for me… in a time where the future seems so gloomy – no jobs, war and greed etc blah blah… THEY NEED US adults to inject hope and lightness in to our ways of being and WE NEED THEM to squash cynicism and rejuvenate positive faith in humanity. They want and deserve so much more.”
Word Z! More on the power of youth poetry, LYA and SHAKE! later.
“The British & American system isn’t working,
it’s down to us to go alone
if you want to be Green,
you got to get angry
you got to see RED”