Tag Archives | Street Poets

Taylor Maxie | Baby Healer

Life arrives with the sun Bearing the gift of a new day A boy sent to me by spirit Touched by the bliss of a new age Shift gears to a new page Perspective all reaffirmed Space open and held sacred Like Mama’s remains in the urn The longing in your eyes looks to me For truth and dedication So I’ll guide you with my heart ‘cuz my mind’s a […]

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David Sanchez | If You Knew Me

If you knew me you would know My father was a heroin addict until liquor took its place He used to come home late and diss me in my face My mother worked long-hours to support his habit Until one day she had it and booted him out My role model was gone and all I knew was his route I started smoking and drinking Shot my first gun without […]

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Bashir Richard | Where I’ve Been

I’ve been around the corner Throwing rocks on the freeway Staying on punishment even on a free day   I’ve been in the back of trap houses Surrounded by artillery My generation’s thirst for drugs Put an ice cold chill in me   I’ve been in the principal’s office Still cussin’ at the secretary Interventions in the camera room With security looking scary   I’ve been hanging out the window […]

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Chris Henrikson | The community cure for a violent culture

Chris Henrikson is the founder of Street Poets, Inc., a non-profit poetry-based violence intervention program for high-risk youth in the juvenile detention camps, continuation schools and streets of Los Angeles County. Henrikson also calls it “a poetry-based peace-making organization,” which uses the creative process as a vehicle for individual and community transformation. I first learned of Street Poets at a Malidoma Somé ancestor ceremony in Ojai, California, which two young […]

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