Out Of Juvenile Corrections, Poems Of Fury, Loss — And Lingering Beauty

&quotIf you can write this out and give it to society,&quot Jimmy Santiago Baca told NPR last month, &quotit's going to allow them to take the blinders off and see what's really going on with you in your life.&quot

“If you can create this out and give it to society,” Jimmy Santiago Baca told NPR final month, “it’s going to allow them to take the blinders off and see what is really going on with you in your life.” Hill Street Studios/Getty Photos/Blend Images RM hide caption

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It has been almost a month now given that National Poetry Month wrapped up, but never let the calendar fool you: All Items Deemed nonetheless has some unfinished enterprise with the month that was.

That’s since, just a handful of weeks ago, NPR’s Michel Martin checked in with the Words Unlocked poetry contest. The competition — launched in 2013 by the Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings — drew more than 1,000 poem submissions from students in juvenile correctional facilities across the country.

Here’s how the final judge of the contest, poet Jimmy Santiago Baca, broke it down then.

“They have a national system exactly where children submit their work, and they go into literacy applications in the facilities,” Baca mentioned. The students’ work “goes to many judges, and ultimately it gets to me. And I have to pick the winners out of the prime 15 poems.”

Nicely, Baca and organization have now picked these winners for 2016. Following three rounds of testimonials, two poets emerged with a tie for 1st place: C.R., from Utah’s Salt Lake Valley Detention Center, and Kevin, who is at Duval Academy in Florida.

Due to the fact they are minors, NPR could not use their last names, but the poets themselves did us one particular much better — they recorded their winning poems for us.

Below, you can locate these poems in complete, together with audio of the poets winning their operate aloud. And you can study much more of the Words Unlocked finalists right right here.

‘Furious,’ By C.R.

I really feel the heat in my body like I am bathed in sun.
Palms sweaty. Muscle tissues tensed. Tears nicely up.

I won’t let them run.

My face red, the flames of fire, angry thoughts screaming louder than the screeching of a vulture more than a traveler’s carcass.

I look for a way to escape the flames, but I am trapped in a box.

Punching white walls as jagged as rocks, my knuckles bleed.
I want to shout behind the green door that will not let me out.

Alpha, Bravo, Charlie – to me they’re all the same. I really feel a lot more like the quantity on my file than my actual name. When I speak to my father, I leave ashamed. I try to do my best but anger, pressure, sadness are hidden in my chest, heart, soul.

Group homes, proctor care, safe facilities hanging more than my head like a
knife swinging from a rope.

They attempt to dissect me. I guess they’re curious.

I don’t even realize: Why am I so furious?

‘My Reality,’ By Kevin

Visions of joy slowly spiral
into view, mid-slumber

Need usually hits tough

I remember the paleness of her functions,
recognize her desperate pleas

but I’m lost
like the initial probabilities
I will in no way get back

I lie in bed, consumed
by her breathtaking smile

I reach out

as she drifts additional and additional away

I awake from my slumber
hoping to see her
by my side

Reality hits me difficult
like a hurricane in mid-August

strikes me like the uppercut
I wasn’t expecting

fills my body
with a familiar, pulsing discomfort

All I can see
are the white brick walls


The tree branches sag
outside the bars of my window

The scenery brings me back
to a little town in North Dakota,
a spot I found comfort

I think back to hiking up a hill
on a beaten path overgrown with vegetation

I keep in mind my grandpa,

keep in mind our very first tee-off
beneath a sky of velvet,

how proud he was
when I scored my very first par

But I am nonetheless here

on the prime bunk,
a cold, dull slab I call property


I strain to see them
from behind these numbing bars

There is beauty in the struggle
I must bear in mind that

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There’s Now A Counter Theory To That Beauty And The Beast And Aladdin Connection

One particular of the very best (and worst) issues about fan theories is they are quickly disputed. Until the proper individual — author, production business, creator, and so forth. — confirms or denies the theory, speculation is fair game.

Yesterday (February 9), the World wide web exploded following Tumblr user petitetiaras claimed the book Belle describes at the beginning of Beauty and the Beast sounds strangely similar to Aladdin.


Appears completely plausible, proper? Not to Reddit user comatoseduck, who shared their personal theory on Wednesday (February 10) about which story Belle was referring to as her preferred book — and it wasn’t Aladdin.

Alternatively, comatoseduck believes Belle was describing Sleeping Beauty. For starters, the theory contains a “prince in disguise,” but, as the Reddit user deftly points out, “Aladdin was not a prince in disguise, he was disguised as a prince.” Strike one particular.

  • Far off places

    Even though the castle/kingdom isn’t nearly as far away as Agrabah, it’s still a far off spot compared to Princess Aurora’s small cottage hidden in the forest.

  • Daring sword fights

    Prince Phillip fought off Maleficent-as-dragon with a sword.

  • Magic spells

    Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather all use magic in the movie. And, you know, so does Maleficent. She’s the explanation the story happened in the initial place.

  • A prince in disguise

    Aurora doesn’t know Phillip is a prince when the two initial meet in the forest.

  • But wait, there’s more!

    Comatoseduck brought up an fascinating fact that definitely provides their theory a lot more credibility. “In Disney World, you can go into Belle’s cottage for the attraction ’Enchanted Tales with Belle,’” the Reddit user claimed. “In their cottage, there is a book open on a table. That book is not Aladdin. It is a well-worn copy of Sleeping Beauty (in French).”

    Apparently, all we had to do was just ask Belle herself what her favored book was, at least, that is what Emma of the blog A Pinch of Pixie Dust did — back in 2013. Right after sharing a snap of the book, Emma wrote, “Here is Belle’s favored book, Sleeping Beauty (I when asked her, so I know),” presumably meaning she asked the face character playing Belle this million dollar question.

Of course, Belle’s description is nevertheless super vague, and Reddit user awesomeness0232 created a excellent point about the fan theory overall. “This basic plot description fits in pretty accurately with a lot of prince/princess fairy tales, especially a lot of the ones that Disney has adapted into motion pictures.”

Personally, I completely agree with awesomeness0232, far more so since while researching this certain fan theory, I discovered folks have been postulating other book titles more than the years. A single particular person thought it was The Princess Bride, an additional assumed it was one of the King Arthur stories, although other people guessed it was The Count of Monte Cristo (even even though there’s no magic in that book).

But until Beauty and the Beast directors Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise give us a strong, definitive answer to what Belle’s preferred book truly is, we’ll still be at speculation station.

H/T Reddit

I am nonetheless upset I wasn’t a contestant on ‘Figure It Out’ in the ’90s.



Michael Craig-Martin: Transience, Serpentine Gallery, London — ‘Beauty in ubiquity’

Michael Craig Martin's 'Untitled (Xbox control)' (2014)

Michael Craig Martin’s ‘Untitled (Xbox control)’ (2014)

“When I started drawing these ordinary, daily objects in the late 1970s,” Michael Craig-Martin says, standing in front of a characteristically garishly-coloured series of paintings, “I believed they were fairly stable in the planet. I assumed that they would not adjust over time. When I initial drew a light bulb I had no thought it would turn into a issue of design history.” Now the wiry outline of a light bulb, in vibrant pink, stands outdoors the Serpentine like a ghostly frame for a glimpse of Kensington Palace.

Craig-Martin’s show at the Serpentine, remarkably his 1st in a public gallery in his property city of London because 1989, reveals its theme through its title: Transience. Through his study of the objects that surround us — the factors that are so familiar we have turn out to be practically inured to them — he has revealed how fundamentally every thing has changed. “When I first began,” he says, “it was hammers and shoes. Nowadays, to draw ordinary issues — the factors we use most and are most familiar with — it has to be technological objects.”

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Craig-Martin’s flat, neutral style seems completely suited to the increasingly slick and smooth goods with which we now share our lives. The sharp black outlines, the blocks of colour, the drawings presented as precisely as the exquisitely engineered goods they represent. He began drawing them all from life, by hand — producing them generic via what he saw as a “style-less” graphic approach which, possibly inevitably, itself became an quickly recognisable style. Nowadays, he draws them on a pc, making use of a mouse, the medium they often seemed destined for. Representation and presentation have caught up with his planet — some of these performs would make impeccable ads for the goods they depict.

Michael Craig Martin's 'Untitled (light bulb)' (2014)

Michael Craig Martin’s ‘Untitled (light bulb)’ (2014)

Only two operates in the show function objects that are not in some way powered by electrical energy: a trainer and a carton of french fries. Both are unbranded however instantly recognisable (Adidas and McDonald’s respectively). They illustrate 1 of the most striking aspects of Craig-Martin’s evolving landscape of stuff. Whereas earlier paintings depict generic items — security pins, tools, paintbrushes, cassettes and so on — the new functions are nearly always branded. Even if that branding may possibly be absent from the representation (no logo), by means of their kind alone these are instantly recognisable and ubiquitous merchandise — an Apple iPhone or laptop, those Adidas sneakers or an Xbox controller. Forty years of documentation show how we have moved from the generic to the branded as well as from the relatively cheap to the surprisingly costly, from the hardware store to the Apple store.

This may possibly be a show of photos but it is really — if subtly — just as considerably a show about design. The art, in its deceptive blandness, reveals as a lot about the fabric of our each day lives as the most elaborate 17th-century nonetheless-life with its complex iconography of life, love and death. Craig-Martin may well have begun with a Duchampian eye for the neutrality of the “ready-made”, the located object which represented an unconscious evolution of sensible type as archetype — but now, in relating to the every day, he has been virtually forced to take his personal taste into account.

He comments on the ubiquity and unavoidability of these goods but is also seduced by them, as are we all. He jokes about when having to go out to get a pitchfork to draw (he in no way had a garden) but the iPhone is in his pocket. Alongside these items, photos of an electrical socket, a credit card and credit card reader make this clearly a show about consumption, but 1 made by means of our complicity in the method.

Craig-Martin is searching at the high-tech frames that include, convert and communicate info. The final room is defined by a continuous line drawing of a landscape of stuff, from batteries and bulbs to iPhones and headphones drawn straight on to the wall. Even though we may be absorbed in the screens and the sounds, the artist is nonetheless in a position to uncover beauty in the frame, in the outlines of the ubiquitous objects that surround us.

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