The Wall

Poems, probably. And whatever else I decide to write.


Support the artist! Watch the full poem: Javon Johnson - “cuz he’s black”

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Neil Hilborn - “The Future” (NPS 2013)

When I’m down I don’t kill myself because then the sadness would be over, and the sadness is my old paint under the new.”

Back by popular demand, Neil Hilborn. Now with 80% less beard.

Another poem from my teammate Neil. This bout was one of the best I’ve ever competed in.

(via fuckyeahpoetryslam)


Joyce Lee - “To Baltimore”

"Maryland says you’re too cold to be claimed. You’re too calm about your cold to be seen as anything but dead and dying."

Performing as the September feature at the Soap Boxing Poetry Slam in Saint Paul.


Danez Smith - “Genesissy”

"And that’s the story of the first snap; the hand’s humble attempt at thunder; a small sky troubled by attitude."

Performing at the 2013 season opener Soap Boxing Poetry Slam on September 9th.


Kevin Burke - “BtMI (Bomb the Music Industry)” (TGS 2013)

"The thing that no one ever tells you about depression, is that it has nothing to do with being sad."

Kevin Burke, Texas Grand Slam champion, performing on finals stage.



Michael Lee - “Anvils” (TGS 2013)

"Do not call yourself a Christian nation and forget Christ was a carpenter. Do not oppress the people closest to the man you pretend to worship: the humble, the poor and the working."

Performing on finals stage at the 2013 Texas Grand Slam Poetry Festival.

BOOM. Buttonpoetry just posted my poem Anvils. This is one of my favorite pieces to perform and its content only becomes more relevant for me as time passes. We are the change we are waiting for. Wake up, America. Wake up.

Teaching Children In This Awful Way Is Like Helping A Person Who Is On Fire By Drowning Them

Thanks, Upworthy, for posting my poem!


Rachel Rostad - “Names” (NPS 2013)

"Some say written language is only the bad translation of spoken. You cannot read sheet music and hear the song. You cannot read a speech and see the speaker. When the very first word was written down, something must have been lost."

Performing for SlamMN! at the 2013 National Poetry Slam.

My teammate and good friend, Rachel Rostad, performing at this year’s NPS.


Dylan Garity - “Rigged Game” (NPS 2013)

"Improving a school by picking its pockets is like tuning a guitar by ripping off the strings."

Performing for Minneapolis’s SlamMN! at the 2013 National Poetry Slam.

One of my new poems from NPS this year!!


Neil Hilborn & Renee Schminkey - “One Color” (NPS 2013)

"They didn’t teach me that I could be with someone but not always want them, that being curious about sex doesn’t mean I was asking for it."

Performing for Minneapolis’s SlamMN! at the 2013 National Poetry Slam.

My incredible teammates, Neil Hilborn and Renee Schminkey.