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10 Poems That Are Changing Our World, Little By Little

We dared you to write and share a poem for National Poetry Month. Here are a few of our favorites. #100StartsWith1

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.

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Watch as Projected Poetry Lights Up This Mountain with Verse

Sir Walter Scott’s “On the Massacre of Glencoe” digitally illuminates the very landscape that inspired it.

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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:

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To N.Y.C., the Best and Worst City in the World

Before you fall in love with New York City, you better learn how to survive.

Dear New York City,

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Amazing Spoken Word Poet Breaks Down Why We Must Push Back Against Society's Definition of Success

Students! How many equations, subjects, dates did you memorize just before an exam never to use again?

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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:

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Animation Intermission: Amazing Anti-Bullying Poem Comes to Life

Poet Shane Koyczan enlisted the help of 20 animators from around the globe to collaborate on the "To This Day" Project, creating fluid visuals to acco

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Intermission: We Dare You to Not Get a Crush on This Poetry Bomber

A Miami artist sneaks around thrift stores and turns used clothes into literary gems. It's poetic vandalism.

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Agustina Woodgate is an Argentine artist living in Miami whose work includes everything from doormats to produce-sticker collages to giant rugs made of stuffed-animal "hides." When she's not doing all that, Woodgate also finds the time to go "poetry bombing" around Miami thrift stores. Using her deft hands and a needle and thread, Woodgate sews short poems into pieces of clothing with the goal of anonymously brightening some shopper's day. "So that poems can be in every day life," she says.

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