In the Presence of Others

inthepresenceofothers:

Jon Sands & Adam Falkner - “Elegy”

"Now you love each other, because why else would you still be here"

GRRRL Party - “Nightwatch”

Noah Gunderson - “First Defeat”

inthepresenceofothers:

Alex Sparks - “Hashtag America”

We’re all just broken people trying to keep from getting forgotten about.”

 

inthepresenceofothers:

Dave McAlinden - “If I was your God.” 

"Since I’m probably going to hell for this poem anyway… If I was your God."

Team NYC Urbana 2011 - “Ridiculous”

"Last year, I co-wrote a poem called Honest Sex. It was an attempt to explore the physical joining between two people… This, is not that poem"

buttonpoetry:

Melissa Newman-Evans - “Advice From Cosmo” (CUPSI 2014)

"Don’t forget that eyebrows are a privilege! You should justify taking up space and breathing the way you do by being attractive."

Performing during the Coaches Slam at the 2014 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational.

Omar Holmon - “Contingency Plan”

"When the lines become a mantra of repetition, take it as a sign you’ve gotten to comfortable in staged movements and rehearsed feelings…"

"The best moments on stage, are those dropped lines that make the poet bleed human…"

SFSU - “White Privilege” (CUPSI 2014)

"It is not just our duty as white men to deconstruct the privilege we were born with, it is our duty as human beings to challenge the connotations of our skin…"

Loyce Gayo - “How We Forget” (CUPSI 2014 Winner)

"Sometimes I forget, how hard it is, to remember."

Phen Bowman, Saidu Tejan-Thomas, Joshua Braunstein & Raymon Johnson of Virginia Commonwealth University - “Bois will be Boys”

Jon Sands & Adam Falkner - “Elegy”

"Now you love each other, because why else would you still be here"

Adam Falkner - “The Definition of Privilege”

"Not having to think about something sounds like an amazing privilege" 

buttonpoetry:

Dave Harris - “Sweet Tea” (CUPSI 2014)

"There’s a tree in my front lawn from which a rope tire swing hangs. I cannot sit there without questioning the circumstance in which I could’ve swung there one hundred years ago."

Performing for Yale University during semifinals at the 2014 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational.