It’s not what the world holds for you. It’s what you bring to it.
— L.M. Montgomery
Hey Power Poets! The Twist and Shout Scholarship Slam is for all the things that make you feel excited and happy and proud, with a $1,000 prize for the winner. And… the Twist and Shout has a twist: this time, we’ll pick five finalists — and YOU GUYS get to pick the winning poems!
Don’t miss your chance — this slam closes on Friday, October 31! For more details and info on how to apply, check out the slam page here!
The day our summers burn our homesFrom Why Dried Grass Won’t Worry by Power Poet mwerle
is the day we’ll wish for storms.
We’ll dance for rain until dusk of next day
and huddle for warmth with eachother.
The act is tired
the horse wont run
they’ll sing it sleeping
with a gun
and weep to show
a life was lost
but harder still
for bullet cost
Don’t send that fragile
ship to sea
the storm is old
Don’t move to prove
yourself to them
A leaf is lost
without a stem
a stem without a branch is too
and trunk and earth
and me and you
The more I write stories for young people, and the more young readers I meet, the more I’m struck by how much kids long to see themselves in stories. To see their identities and perspectives—their avatars—on the page. Not as issues to be addressed or as icons for social commentary, but simply as people who get to do cool things in amazing worlds. Yes, all the ‘issue’ books are great and have a place in literature, but it’s a different and wildly joyous gift to find yourself on the pages of an entertainment, experiencing the thrills and chills of a world more adventurous than our own.
And when you see that as a writer, you quickly realize that you don’t want to be the jerk who says to a young reader, ‘Sorry, kid. You don’t get to exist in this story; you’re too different.’ You don’t want to be part of our present dystopia that tells kids that if they just stopped being who they are they could have a story written about them, too. That’s the role of the bad guy in the dystopian stories, right? Given a choice, I’d rather be the storyteller who says every kid can have a chance to star.
This is an act of love.From celestial bodies by Power Poet eilish_m
The moon will never stop, because there is always a chance
that next time, next time, the sun might stop and wait.
A lot of people like to explain consent in sexual encounters as “No means no.” This is true, but doesn’t capture as many crucial parts of happy fun sex and experiences as “Yes means yes!” Consent should always be informed and enthusiastic, never coerced, and you and your partner should be looking for consent continuously. Stay safe, stay happy, and have fun!
Consent can look different for different people, but that’s why communication between partners is so important. No matter what it looks like though, consent should not hinge on any fear, discomfort, or pressure.
Waiting, quietly behind this sheet,
Viewing, seeing reality in its peek.
My dreams are beat
As I seek
For answers behind this curtain
Lives continue onward to strive for better dreams
But I’m still waiting behind this curtain unpleased,
My cry is heard in only screams
With disappointment I have ceased.
My reality behind this curtain
With no adventure, my life has stopped,
Just living through others behind this wall,
My mind has popped
Just wondering when I will finally fall
From behind this curtain
With hope and love I shall prevail
Step forward and fear, that this reality is unreal.
I will sail
Beyond this point, so that I am feel
Life from in front of the curtain!
We are always told to use body language in our writing. Sometimes, it’s easier said than written. I decided to create these cheat sheets to help you show a character’s state of mind. Obviously, a character may exhibit a number of these behaviours. For example, he may be shocked and angry, or shocked and happy. Use these combinations as needed.