Youth Women, Youth Poetry, and Youth Power

Abby Tow, Managing Editor

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This past weekend, fifteen poets from across the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex competed in the Shake the City individual finals. Mesquite, Ranchview, Lakeview, Keller, and many other schools were represented by these talented teenage poets, and the top four poets will be joining team captain, Abby Tow, to compete in the Brave New Voices international poetry festival.

The team this year is comprised totally of women. Each of them come from different backgrounds, bringing a unique edge to the team. The team will spend the next three months writing and rehearsing group poems, duets, trios, quartets, and solo poems to have ready by late July when BNV takes place.

Topics to be covered by the team in the upcoming months range from school dress code policy, racism, politics, and identity. Through the performances, the team hopes to inspire change, make people think and consider their beliefs, and provide an intersectional feminist lense for the audience to see the world through.

Teams from all across the country- and the world -will join the Fort Worth team in July. The competition will be fierce, but everyone there knows the true purpose of competition poetry. BNV is a culmination of hard work and passion, an outlet, a craft, and most importantly, a place for young adults to have a united platform geared towards change.

Brave New Voices will take place at the university of Nevada in Las Vegas. This will be everybody on the team’s first visit to the city, but for three of the five poets, this is the first time competing in BNV at all. The challenges coming to the team are great, but the love of poetry, progress, and solidarity among women will continue to motivate them.