Young gangsters' special weapon: poetry
By Steve Lopez
From the Apache Rez...
When Street Poets first steps onto the San Carlos Apache high school stage, we are met with a wall of indifference that feels more like a muffled scream. "Why are you here anyway?" seems to be the question lying behind the students' eyes. We respond in the universal language of poetry, in waves of words, verses lifted from the depths of our own wounds and those of our ancestors - mining the darkness for a spark of truth to inspire a response, a connection, a conversation. Jason, a former gang member from South Central LA and a ten-year veteran of our program, brings his own story to light with this piece:
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