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”

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