Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Louder Than a Bomb

Two little known facts about me: 
1. I love slam poetry.  I shared an excellent clip about mothers and daughters, here.
2. Doing slam poetry in a venue (as much as it frightens me) is on my bucket list.

There is nothing like the telling of life in lyrical sentences,
with words that pour over the heart unexpectedly.
There is such rawness, such truth and inspiration,
that it's nearly impossible to not be moved.

This is exactly why I want to teach English.
Maybe I'll start a slam poetry club when I get into the classroom.
That would be awesome.

Tomorrow, Oprah's OWN Network is premiering
the documentary, Louder Than a Bomb.
Since we don't have cable, I have to figure out how to watch this:

Louder Than A Bomb - Trailer

Taken from OWN:
Louder Than A Bomb chronicles four teams as they compete in the Chicago area teen poetry slam. Hopeful and heartbreaking, the film captures the tempestuous lives of these young poets, exploring ways writing shapes their world, and vice versa. This is not just "high school poetry," this is language as a joyful release, irrepressibly talented teenagers obsessed with making words dance.

Louder Than A Bomb chronicles four teams as they compete in the Chicago area teen poetry slam. Hopeful and heartbreaking, the film captures the tempestuous lives of these young poets, exploring ways writing shapes their world, and vice versa. This is not just "high school poetry," this is language as a joyful release, irrepressibly talented teenagers obsessed with making words dance.

"Inspiring and electrifying..." Roger Ebert, Chicago-Sun Times
"A celebration of American youth at their creative best..." Robert Koehler, Variety
Louder Than a Bomb premieres Thursday, January 5 at 9/8c only on OWN.
Read more: http://www.oprah.com/own-doc-club/Louder-Than-A-Bomb-Trailer#ixzz1iW3q277l

If you get the chance to watch, please come back and let me know what you thought!
P.S. Tomorrow, I'm hosting a Little Things Link-up!


Would love for you to join me!

8 comments:

Celeste January 4, 2012 at 1:11 PM  

I'm always really inspired by slam poets. I wish I could speak so well.

Amy N January 4, 2012 at 2:18 PM  

Thanks for sharing with us more about slam poetry. This looks quite interesting!

Cheers.

Cassie January 4, 2012 at 2:29 PM  

Celest & Amy--

Slam poetry always gets me. I'm glad you found it interesting too!

emmy d January 4, 2012 at 5:03 PM  

This looks amazing! Just set the DVR - would send it to you if I could! Thanks for posting about this. I've never heard of a poetry slam before.

Monique January 4, 2012 at 6:36 PM  

I don't have cable but would love to see this film! Such an inspiring one. I also love slam poetry. I wanted to teach high school lit for so long and I'm finally doing it and really loving it!

Cassie January 4, 2012 at 9:49 PM  

Thanks, Emmy! Let me know what you think about the show.

Monique-kutos to you for teaching and making your desire happen. :)

m(elanie) January 5, 2012 at 6:44 AM  

What exactly is the Little Things link-up? I'd love to take part in it little lady!

Shantel S. January 5, 2012 at 6:49 AM  

So powerful! Also, I'm so happy to hear (read) you are pursuing teaching. Keep me posted:-).

“You must write every single day of your life... You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads... may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.” ― Ray Bradbury
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