FullSizeRender 10Houston has installed poetry banners throughout downtown. Featured poets include our very own Executive Director, Robin Reagler, and Writers in the Schools students! As you walk through the city make sure you look up to catch the words on these beatiful banners and if you have a chance snap a picture and tag @witshouston!

Es el numero uno.

Suena como mariposas,

como la naturaleza,

como mucha dulzura.

Es el viento.

Es como el color rosado,

como puntos rosados,

chiquitas mariposas.

Y como hablo en vos baja.

Se siente libre.

Como estas corriendo afuera en la naturaleza,

y el viento soplando,

sobre ti

hermosos colores de blanco,

y arco iris todas partes.

Suena como el sonido de la naturaleza

como toda esta en silencio

Es como

querer animals i la naturaleza

querer nadir,

querer dibujar,

y escribir.

 

2 tues, 26th

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It is the number one.

It sound like butterflies,

like nature,

like sweetness.

It sounds like kindness

and wind.

It is the color pink,

like pink dots and,

little pink butterflies.

It means how I talk

in a whisper.

It feels free.

It’s like you’re running outside

in nature,

the wind blowing

on your beautiful colors of white,

and rainbows all around.

It sounds like nature’s sound,

peace, quiet.

It loves animals and nature,

loves to swim,

loves to draw,

loves to write.

 

By Adriana, 2nd grade

Click the media player above to listen to the poem read on KPFT 90.1 and KTRU 96.1 by Samantha, WITS Youth Advisory Council Member. The background music is “Chiado” by Jahzzar. Produced by Susan Phillips.

 

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1 mon, 25th

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The air is within the forest

whisper of nature

branches with hope

within the winds

hope will rise

and the forest’s fog

also wishes for hope

in the winds

and the trees will grow that strong hope

so the sun will rise

with loving hope and with care

By Taran, 2nd grade

 

Click the media player above to listen to the poem read on KPFT 90.1 and KTRU 96.1 by Tori, WITS Youth Advisory Council Member. The background music is “Beautiful Rain” by Ketsa. Produced by Susan Phillips.

 

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12 truly inspired and inspiring young poets will WOW Houston this weekend at the Space City Grand Slam.

The Space City Grand Slam is THIS Sunday, April 24th, 3PM at Discovery Green, sponsored by the Travelers Foundation. Join us to hear the words of 12 talented youth poets as they vie for a spot on the Meta-Four Houston team and a chance to travel to Washington D.C. to compete at the Youth Speaks Brave New Voices International Festival. This event will include special guest JJ from KBXX 97.9 The Box, the official media sponsor of the Space City Slam Series, and DJ Roo. This event is FREE and open to the public.

Friday, 22nd #1

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The sound of the beat fills my ears

I can’t believe it’s from my own hands

 

The stars shine in my face

as my fingers follow the music

 

The music is scarring my face with emotions

by my hands are being controlled by the guitar

it seems

not the other way around

the guitar will not let me stop

 

The stars in the ski

make my face shine

 

Yeah, my hands fly high

so fly like they never did before

birds in the floor

and the lizards

in the sky

 

By Ashley, 7th grade

 

Click the media player above to listen to the poem read on KPFT 90.1 and KTRU 96.1 by Tori, WITS Youth Advisory Council Member. The background music is “Vagabond” by The Kinky Fingers. Produced by Susan Phillips.

 

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1 thurs, 21st

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Beauty is equal to living free in the air.

You’re a horse running faster than lightning,

Hitting the floor.

Your feet are a hammer hitting a tube.

Beauty comes from inside your heart.

Someone is stealing from you, and you forgive them.

Beauty is in nature.

Ducks are singing, air whispering, “Relax.”

Beauty is happiness.

You’re jumping with a colored unicorn.

Rain drops are candy.

You’re a cloud made out of cotton candy.

Beauty does not come from outside

But very nice on the inside.

It does not take anything to make a rose floating in the water.

Beauty is life.

Your heart is jumping in your chest,

Bumping over your skin, and it is a ball hopping.

By Viviana, 4th grade

Click the media player above to listen to the poem read on KPFT 90.1 and KTRU 96.1 by Rukmini, WITS Youth Advisory Council Member. The background music is “Clap Your Hands” by Jahzzar. Produced by Susan Phillips.

 

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Wednesday, 20th #2

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I see the sunset.

The trees are blowing, and the leaves are flying.

I’m lying down on a hammock.

My brother is swinging with me

and going back and forth, over and over.

The soft silk of the hammock is like a sheep’s fur.

I’m catching my breath.

I see flowers bloom orange and red

and bricks stacked on top of each other.

My brother is swinging me.

 

By River, 2nd grade

Click the media player above to listen to the poem read on KPFT 90.1 and KTRU 96.1 by Isabella, WITS Youth Advisory Council Member. The background music is “A Wee Tipple” by Scott Holmes. Produced by Susan Phillips.

 

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Tuesday, 19th #2

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Book, you are so special.

You are old like my precious grandmother.

Toy have been used so much that you’re

almost falling apart.

 

Book, I see you in the library standing strong.

When I open you, flip, flip, flip

as my imagination turns on.

 

As I open you, your smell is like a piney wood day.

Your fragrance reminds me of

my grandmother’s perfume.

 

When I touch you,

you are as smooth as the wind on a hot day.

Your pages are crisp and worn out.

You make my imagination come alive

and I see pictures in my mind.

 

by Layla, 4th grade

Click the media player above to listen to the poem read on KPFT 90.1 and KTRU 96.1 by Isabella, WITS Youth Advisory Council Member. The background music is “Readers! Do You Read?” by Chris Zabriskie. Produced by Susan Phillips.

 

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2 mon, 18th

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Listen to what I have to say

My voice rumbles like thunder

My voice sings like a bird

I am so powerful

My words will melt all the lies

The world will learn about my truth

Listen to what I have to say

I can change the world

 

By Trish’ia, 6th grade

Click the media player above to listen to the poem read on KPFT 90.1 and KTRU 96.1 by Dominic, WITS Youth Advisory Council Member. The background music is “The Thunderstorm” by Karstenholymoly. Produced by Susan Phillips.

 

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It’s National Poetry Month, and students in grades 5-12 are invited to enter the Dear Poet Competition this April. Students respond in the form to one of a select group of poetry videos, including the one above by Juan Felipe Herrera, the US Poet Laureate.To enter, email your letter to dearpoet@poets.org by April 30, 2016. Winners will be published on the poets.org website in May.

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1 fri, 15th

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Spring is coming, winter files are closing.

I feel the sparkling beauty with shimmering, warm winds

over the hilly hills in California.

The clock is ticking till spring is coming.

Now the horses are trotting with glee.

No chilly winds anymore.

The butterflies are sipping warm nectar.

The moonscape is coming home.

Hello, moonscape.

The seasons are coming and going quickly.

I’m hunting for more butterflies.

I’m picturing the business bees rushing at the presidents.

I smell the natural smell of summer.

 

By Sofie, 2nd grade

Click the media player above to listen to the poem read on KPFT 90.1 and KTRU 96.1 by Basmah, WITS Youth Advisory Council Member. The background music is “April Showers” by ProletR. Produced by Susan Phillips.

 

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2 thurs, 14th

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Splashing, lashing

fighting the angry storm

with all her might.

She leaps over the stars and slays him

with one mighty blow.

Then all was peaceful and calm,

she sought that she ought to be separated,

so there would be no slaying unless needed,

to slay the next strongest storm.

Her friend agreed,

And this is how rivers came to be.

 

By Viane, 3rd grade

Click the media player above to listen to the poem read on KPFT 90.1 and KTRU 96.1 by Dominic, WITS Youth Advisory Council Member. The background music is “Jazzy Eve of the Heavy Seas” by Wired Ant. Produced by Susan Phillips.

 

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Middle and high school students from the surrounding Houston area are invited to participate in the 2016 Watershed Awareness Student Contest! The theme is Our Bayous, Our Pollution. Houston- area bayous and waterways lead to Galveston Bay in turn affecting the Gulf of Mexico and its Flower Garden Banks. Help raise awareness about our local watershed and bring attention to the importance of the health of our local waterways, bayous and our bay! We challenge you to research, explore, interpret and say something meaningful about the connections between human activity and the health of our bayous and ocean through art or shape poetry.

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Happy writing!

Wednesday 13th, #3

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I never liked knowing that words are limitless.

I always like to pretend

that stars that left particles in the air were nothing

more than tombstones lost to infinity

 

I never liked thinking that romanticism was the only type of poetry

You say that the two are

inseparable, but I always believed that a word

breathed deeper than a monarch

who sits on a tree

 

I never liked listening to modern love songs

You say that a bird’s song sounds a lot like

plastic bottles whistling through air conditioner vents,

I always thought that the shadow a pen made

on a page were like imprints on a aphasic moon,

and as lunar patterns became our gods

poetry should become like scripture onto

a city’s landscape.

 

By Andrew White, Houston Youth Poet Laureate, 12th grade

Click the media player above to listen to the poem read on KPFT 90.1 and KTRU 96.1 by Andrew White, Houston Youth Poet Laureate. The background music is “Hard Moon Light” by DJ.E_State. Produced by Susan Phillips.

 

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Mi corazón es como un mapa

repleto de sueños y lágrimas.

Mi corazón es un lugar donde

todos pueden hacer amigos y

amarse mutuamente. Mi corazón

es donde los arrendajos azules cantan

en un día soleado de verano.

Mi corazón es un lugar donde

puedes subir las montañas y sentir

la fresca brisa en tu cara

Mi corazón es como un tulipán

esperando para florecer sus

pétalos brillantes. Mi corazón

es como un mar cafecito,

dulce y de chocolate.

Tuesday, 12th #1

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My heart is like a map

full of dreams and tears.

My heart is a place where

everyone can make friends and

love one another. My heart

is where the Blue Jays sing

on a sunny summer day.

My heart is a place where

You can climb mountains and feel

the cool breeze on your face.

My heart is like a tulip

waiting to bloom its

brights petals. My heart

is like a dark brown sea,

sweet and chocolaty.

 

By Esperanza, 3rd grade

Click the media player above to listen to the poem read on KPFT 90.1 and KTRU 96.1 by Jaelynn, a WITS Youth Advisory Council Member. The background music is “Clap Your Hands” by Jahzzar. Produced by Susan Phillips.

 

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Monday, 11th #2

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Two days ago in a white fluffy dress

the air was so strong

that my dress lifted and

twirled the wind.

It was not just any wind,

it was my friend the wind.

The wind was my friend because

it was singing a song,

it smelled like roses

all over again.

The wind gave me hope

the wind gave me heart-shaped love.

By Alyssa, 3rd grade

Click the media player above to listen to the poem read on KPFT 90.1 and KTRU 96.1 by Lynn, a WITS Youth Advisory Council Member. The background music is “Woken With You” by Ketsa. Produced by Susan Phillips.

 

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What if food could talk? During April WITS showcases food-themed poems written by Houston students, reaching 600,000 customers at four H-E-B markets: Montrose, Buffalo Speedway, Bunker Hill, and San Felipe. So, as customers pick through apples, they read poems about apples. These students words make shopping a unique experience at H-E-B! The grocery poem project is made possible by H-E-B Tournament of Champions, Copy.com, and the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance.

 

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Congratulations to our 21 youth performance poets who will be competing in the Space City Slam Semifinals tomorrow, Saturday, April 9th at 12pm and 3:30pm at Meca Houston (1600 Kane St Houston, TX).

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Donald
Benji
Caleb
Biz
Calvin
Marcus
Ashley
Jadon
Addison
Joyane

3:30pm Slam

Adam
Rukmini
Avon
Ashlyn
Madison
Kronic Writer
Hailey
David
Jackson
Carl
Alexandria

The top 6 poets from each bout will move on to the Grand Slam Finals at Discovery Green on April 24. Competitors, please arrive 45 minutes before your bout to check in. Good luck everyone! See you there!

Friday, 8th, #2

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When I was born, the doctors taught me how to drink straight out of a sippy cup.

My voice sounded like a grown man’s.

I was outstanding.

When I turned one, I could ride a motorcycle and drive a Ford Mustang.

I was so strong that whatever I touched would break.

When I turned two, I learned how to jump over the Eiffel Tower.

When I turned three, I invented potions.

When I turned four, I told all the kings and queens, “You’re fired!”

Then, I became king, and there was no queen.

When I turned five, I got a trophy for playing football, and the score was 1,000 to 0.

When I turned six, I wished to be two again for I didn’t want to go to school.

When I turned seven, my mom got me a job at Toys-R-Us.

Now, I’m all grown up.

Electric me!

By Jonathan, 1st grade

Click the media player above to listen to the poem read on KPFT 90.1 and KTRU 96.1 by Cathleen, a WITS Youth Advisory Council Member. The background music is “Boulevard St. Germain” by Jahzzar. Produced by Susan Phillips.

 

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2 thurs, 7th

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“Ahooooooo!” the wolves howl, transitioning from evening to night. The snow stays cold, with a cool, chilly breeze and howling as we go to sleep. The house starts to get cold as we snuggle up with our blankets. As we sleep, it is very quiet very peaceful, in our countryside. The only noises are wolves howling and boars and pigs snorting.

At night I always hear, “Woah!” from Little Billy, whining and crying in his bed in our room. So I try to calm him down. In that tree in the yard at night, I usually hear a family of birds. But tonight, the three little ones were stuck in the tree because the snow wearied their wings down. Poor little birds. I wish I could help.

By Arnav, 3rd grade

Click the media player above to listen to the poem read on KPFT 90.1 and KTRU 96.1 by Keyara, a WITS Youth Advisory Council Member. The background music is “Sonnenaufgang” by Martijn de Boer. Produced by Susan Phillips.

 

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