To Be Heard is the story of three teens from the South Bronx whose struggle to change their lives begins with writing poetry. As writing and reciting become vehicles for their expressions of love, friendship, frustration, and hope, these three youngsters emerge as accomplished self-aware artists, who use their creativity
to alter their circumstances.

Focusing on three students at University Heights High School in the South Bronx, the poorest urban county in the United States, To Be Heard introduces viewers to Karina, Anthony, and Pearl who have all struggled since birth.  Every day, they directly confront the suffering and oppression of poverty, broken families, and an indifferent, often hostile school system. (from

Click on the picture below to read the New York Times article on the three teens and the documentary. 

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.
Click the picture below to view the trailer to the independent film Deaf Jam.  In the film, deaf teen poet Aneta Brodski presents her poetry at a spoken-word slam, proving that silence is sometimes louder than words.
Click the Picture Below to view an excellent video and article on the Philadelphia Youth Poetry Movement.  The Journey to the poem is truly bigger than the poetry.
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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    The author of this blog and website is an educator, poet, and musician with a penchant for words and sounds and all things Copasetic because "It's All Good"!

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    This blog is about poetry (poetry slams, spoken word, performance poetry) and all the ways children, teens and adults express our world through poetic words, whether it be poetry, music, movies, books, films, documentaries, etc. It explores not only the world of words but the children, teens, and adults behind those words.  Words have power!  And this  blog along with the entire Cafe Copasetic website is the place to discover the Power of Words!!!


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