At one time, competition and winning drove Lamar & the Steinmenauts, but after an emotion filled competition at Louder than a Bomb in Chicago, they discover that winning is good, but being respected as a poet is better.
Teen Poets from the state of Wisconsin engage in the art of word play. They understand that it is a journey and process that takes time and practice. Poems are built one word at a time, but the completion and presentation of these poems makes the journey worthwhile.
Teen poet Diego tells how he know longer wants to be known as a rapper but as a spoken word artist. He talks about discovering spoken word and falling in love with it.
Louder Than a Bomb tells the story of four Chicago high school poetry teams as they prepare for the world's largest youth slam. By turns hopeful and heartbreaking, the film captures the tempestuous lives of these unforgettable kids, exploring the ways writing shapes their world, and vice versa. Louder Than a Bomb is not about "high school poetry" as we often think of it. It's about language as a joyful release, irrepressibly talented teenagers obsessed with making words dance. While the topics they tackle are often deeply personal, what they put into their poems—and what they get out of them—is universal: the defining work of finding one's voice. (information from YouTube)
An incredibly powerful poetry competition called “Louder than a Bomb” is
changing the lives of teens across the country. One of the competition’s most
successful poets is now a student at Vanderbilt. He’s also the star of a new
critically acclaimed documentary. Meet Nate Marshall (from Vanderbilt News)
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