Poetic License: 8 young poets speak their truth in anxious times
The series, now in its third season, gives spoken word artists a platform to open eyes
As the world around us grows more and more uncertain, eight young poets speak their truth in the third season of the CBC Arts series Poetic License. In celebration of World Poetry Day, stream all eight videos below!
Watch the trailer:
To launch the new season, series creator Lucius Dechausay couldn't help but write this introduction in verse:
Today is the 20th anniversary of World Poetry Day
and CBC Arts is celebrating in a big way.
Eight spoken word artists with different themes and styles.
Tell your boss you'll be late, you may be here a while.
Poetic License is an ongoing series that gives
artists a platform for spoken word to live.
They may open your eyes to the plights no one sees,
so send them some love with fingersnap emojis.
(Editor's note: the level of poetry in this series is...a bit higher than in this article — xoxo Lucius!)
From Randell Adjei — an author, leader and all around nice guy,
reaching intelligent souls everywhere with R.I.S.E.,
a weekly poetry venue and talent show,
for artists from my hometown (shoutout to Scarborough) —
to slam poet Twoey Gray, whose unique feminist views
may make you want to stand up for her Anthem of the Prude.
Prince Amoako's If I embodies every parent's greatest fear,
while Britta B shines with a message all young women should hear.
Carvela's empathetic tale speaks of sexual violence
and Faduma reflects on autism and growing up in silence.
Nevada Jane Arlow tears down sex and rebuilds from the dirt
and Nasim Asgari returns because this country is still on red alert.
Whether you agree or disagree, feel inspired or dismayed,
listen to these voices; you may see things in a different way.