Ethan Rivera - “TSA” (Rustbelt 2013)
"When they teach you about addiction and mind-altering substances, they neglect to tell you that the most powerful drug is a room full of people who look just like you.”
Performing at the 2013 Rustbelt Regional Poetry Slam.
Amir Safi - “Brown Boy. White House.” (NPS 2013)
"A boy approaches me in a high school hallway and says, If you were from Afghanistan, I’d beat your ass. The three words I should’ve said were, I love you. Instead, I said, Wish you would.”
Performing during semifinals at the 2013 National Poetry Slam.
i thought of you, while in the shower
and i thought of how nice it’d be
to have your things among my things
along the bathtub’s edge
and i imagined myself running out of soap
and using yours
and wearing you to work, and the grocery store
and i imagined that night, laying down beside you
and smelling your neck
and finding out where all my soap had gone