Corinna West, “Your Only Flavor is Vanilla”

This is a poem about the positives of having schizophrenia. It is about some of the interesting metaphysical experiences I have had. Schizophrenia to me feels like free drugs and it’s something that people shouldn’t fear or pity. It’s just another way to walk the room, it’s just how my brain works. This poem was . . . → Read More: Corinna West, “Your Only Flavor is Vanilla”

Phillip Gregory, “Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, Breathe”

Phillip Gregory of Central High School blasts one out. Description of how it feels to be lovesick and miss someone so much you might want to die. Recorded at the Teen Poetry Slam at the Blue Room in the Historic Jazz District at 18th and Vine. This was a selection slam for Kansas City’s Brave . . . → Read More: Phillip Gregory, “Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, Breathe”

Montrez Jones, “Untitled”

Montrez Jones of Central High School performs a spoken word poetry piece about respecting one’s dad even through different stuggles including mental health issues. Recorded at the Teen Poetry Slam at the Blue Room in the Historic Jazz District at 18th and Vine. This was a selection slam for Kansas City’s Brave New Voices national . . . → Read More: Montrez Jones, “Untitled”

Isabelle Zacharias, “Speak Naturally”

Isabelle is a student at Shawnee Mission Northwest High School. She came to Last Poet Standing at the Westport Coffee Shop and made it three rounds against some of the best poets in Kansas City. This poem won first place at the Teen Poetry Slam as a selection process for the Brave New Voices 2011 . . . → Read More: Isabelle Zacharias, “Speak Naturally”

Poetry at Mental Health Advocacy day

This year almost all the mental health advocacy organizations worked together to organize Kansas’ mental health advocacy day in Topeka. We wanted to bring mental health consumers together to talk to legislators about issues important to them. This year the most consumers ever had come to the event, almost 350 people because we knew it . . . → Read More: Poetry at Mental Health Advocacy day

Poetry gave me an identity and acceptance

This story was told by Glenn North. Glenn is the poet in residence at the American Jazz Museum, and was honored as the Charlotte Street Foundation’s Generative Performing Artist last year. Glenn is an MFA candidate at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He hosts numerous poetry events in the greater Kansas City area as well . . . → Read More: Poetry gave me an identity and acceptance

My poems got through my first night in jail

Anonymous

As a person with mental illness, I was deeply troubled for a long time, and now I’m not. When things were not going well at all for me, I lost hope. I decided that there was “nothing left,” and made several suicide attempts. One of them was an attempt at suicide by cop, where . . . → Read More: My poems got through my first night in jail