Poetry to create identity

Floetic Nette waiting for her turn to perform her poetry to create identity

Poetry to overcome adversity, and poetry to create identity

Floetic” Nette performed this one minute piece at Poetry for Personal Power Wednesday at Penn Valley Community College. This one is so short and sweet that we wanted to post the text here. This is an awesome example of poetry to create identity.


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Dorothy Dundas, “Shock Treatment, 1961”

While institutionalized for three years as an adolescent in the 1960s, Dorothy Washburn Dundas was labeled a “schizophrenic” and forced to undergo 40 combined insulincoma-electroshock “treatments.” She experienced and witnessed many atrocities and believes that luck, determination, her own anger and one compassionate advocate were her best friends on the road to her ultimate survival . . . → Read More: Dorothy Dundas, “Shock Treatment, 1961”

Zendrix Berndt, “Homeless”


To escape the beat made by her skull Being bashed into drywall Knuckles chalk white like fists were made out of plaster And no matter how far I run I will always be a bastard Faster and faster my heart beats in time To escape the beat made by her skull Being bashed into . . . → Read More: Zendrix Berndt, “Homeless”