RECLAIM • GREATness
"I Want Myself for President"
"Police Brutality in the Perspective of a Baton"
"Letter to All Schools"
"9/11 - 11/9"
"Negus: Response to I"
"Not My President"
IN RESPONSE to this year's election results, Indy and Boston Pulse have put our youths’ voice(s) at the center. We offer you “RECLAIM • GREATness.” Inspired by the unapologetic and socially active literary journal and spotlight series entitled: “We Make America Great,” (by Winter Tangerine). This spotlight series is a reclaiming of how our students are charged to redefine the term “great” for themselves and the communities they represent and serve. The purpose is to inspire love, respect for oneself, spark awareness in diversity, equity, inclusivity and to dismantle hate and oppression. The rhetoric used to demean or exclude communities and individuals based on their racial /ethnic categorization, gender, sexual orientation, citizenship status, and religion directly implicate many of our poets. We hope this space offered our poets a way to process and/or protest the inauguration of hate. And last, we hope to inspire more youth poets to dig deep and dive into the poetry below!
Our editor's choice awards go to Claudia Inglessis for "I Want Myself for President" and Kofi Dadzie's "Police Brutality in the Perspective of a Baton." These two poets particularly stood out for their craft, voice, and precision in their responses to our prompt! These poems are marked with the symbol below.