Busboys and Poets is proud to be a venue that provides space and support for poets and spoken word performers and interested audiences. From the cozy atmosphere of the "Sunday Kind of Love" poetry series to the high intensity of the 11th Hour Poetry Slam, we are sure you will find a poetry event that will spark your creative side and leave you inspired. For two hours, audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians and a different host every week.
In a shaky voice, he says, "My name is Royce. My poem is titled, 'White Boy Privilege. Chat with us in Facebook Messenger.
In his first-prize winning poem, Royce Mann says of white and male privilege, "It's time to take that ladder and turn it into a bridge. The piece, performed by year-old Royce Mann at a school competition in May, racked up overviews after his mother, Sheri Mann Stewart, uploaded it to YouTube. Royce says he spent a lot of time working on his poem, comparing drafts with his teacher and applying her notes and critiques.
Mommy, you never taught me about sex Or how to deal with the advances of the opposite sex Never said a word about condoms. Mommy, the boys on the block made me feel good, Saying things that you and dad never would. Spoke to me in ways that I had never heard: Told me I was beautiful, told me I was nice Mommy, they complimented my sense of style. Why, oh why?
Years later, she was in juvenile detention in Seattle, telling her story to Richard Gold, who was helping her write a poem. The heartrending part was that she could tell when it was going to happen because she would watch him get her mother drunk. Gold has spent two decades working with kids at the King County Juvenile Detention.
Is poetry in danger of dying out? Not a chance. Poetry has stood the test of time, and remains one of the most powerful, evocative forms of communication.
Royce Mann, an eighth-grader at the Paideia School in Atlanta, has stirred up a lot of discussion after video of him performing a poem titled "White-Boy Privilege" at a slam-poetry competition at his school in May went viral. Dear black people, I'm sorry. Dear Asian Americans, dear Native Americans, dear immigrants who came here seeking a better life, I'm sorry.
The poem, which is about his feelings about having white privilege and male privilege, was presented by him in May. Black lives, privilege and poor, white trash. Reactions to the viral video vary.
A tweeted poem by a year-old has gone viral because it can be read both forwards or backwards AND the meaning changes depending on which way you approach it. A poem by a year-old boy which was posted on Twitter by his older brother has gone viral — because it can also be read backwards. And amazingly when the verse is read again starting with the last line, it has a completely different meaning to the top-to-bottom version.