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Somewhere in America
Belissa Escobedo and Rhiannon McGavin and Zariya Allen

In this poetry slam, three teenage voices tackle topics some would not even want to speak of – rape, racism, social stratification, education and equality. The spoken word poem offers perspectives on current affairs in the US from a teenage perspective and critically reflects the US school system. The empowering and passionate lines of Belissa Escobedo, Rhiannon McGavin, and Zariya Allen demand for change and outline that “[…] the greatest lessons, are the ones you don’t remember learning.”

Text and performance can serve as a great example of young poetics and may serve for a teaching unit on poetry slams, speeches and spoken word poetry. 


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Allen, Zariya and Belissa Escobedo, Rhiannon McGavin. "Somewhere in America." Genius, uploaded by Get Lit, 25. July 2014, 72 l.

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  • Addresses current affairs
  • Gender equality
  • Intercultural perspectives
  • Silenced voices
  • Students can identify with the text