Together with poet Azure Antoinette and Sambazon, we dared you to write a poem in honor of National Poetry Month—and share it online. We’ve been blown away by your creativity and the sheer number of responses from all of you who’ve joined us so far.
image via youtube screen capture // 'On the Massacre of Glencoe' Projection Time-lapse - Sir Walter Scott
Two hundred-year-old poetry commemorating a 300-year-old conflict may not, at first, seem like the most exciting reading to those for whom poetry is not already a passion. That said, it’s hard not to appreciate the beauty of Sir Walter Scott’s “On the Massacre of Glencoe” after seeing it projected onto the side of the picturesque Scottish mountain Buachaille Etive Beag. Regardless of whether you’re a poetry fan or not, there’s something truly special about seeing Scott’s verse illuminate the very landscape from which it was inspired:
Are the most successful students the ones who ace every test? Nowadays we measure and rank students, teachers, schools, and entire nations according to test results. If you don't score well, you're labeled a failure. But in "I Will Not Let an Exam Result Decide My Fate" 20-something North London-based spoken word poet Suli Breaks raises the call for education to be more relevant to the real world, and for push back against the use of tests to decide which students have talent and will be successful: