Globe Poets Trip to Washington DC!
Following a school poetry slam, where 16 students competed for 1 of 7 spaces on the Globe Poets team. The poets set off to represent Ark Globe Academy at Brave New Voices (BNV), a world renowned international youth poetry slam in DC.
The group, accompanied by Ms Rigby and Mr Koromoa arrived in Washington DC and went straight into competition time the very next day. Zareen, Naomi & Sharon were the first to represent the collective in the competition with their group piece “Just Relax It” – a poem about the relatable pressures Afro-Caribbean females often face regarding natural hair, resonating with the audience, amassing huge applaud.
A few days later, Tasnima, Halil, Zareen and Joshua performed another group piece called ‘We Remember Him’. This poem discusses the ways in which the growing problem of youth violence could be reduced and even soon stopped.
The poets managed to get to the quarter final stage, but were knocked out of the competition by their competitors. Once the competition was over the group were able to explore Washington DC and visited places such as: The White House, Lincoln Memorial, National Mall and the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial. They also took part in a community day which was aimed at bringing people together.
The trip was a wonderful experience and Globe Poets are continuing their work in the school community to increase the number of poets.