From Camden, New Jersey, Wise is a strong supporter of human rights, weaving feminism and African-American culture into her pieces.Her role as co-founder and co-host of ‘The Pigeon Presents: The Philadelphia Poetry Slam,’ along with a speaking engagement on the TEDx Talk series, are just two entries on her long list of accomplishments. That's what I am Not a prisoner of war A prisoner of words Mostly I say what you wanna hear Could you take it if I came clear? I guess that's what I am Scraping this cold hard earth For a piece of myself For peace in myself It'd be easier if you just put me in jail You know, if you locked me away I'd have someone to blame But these bars of steel are of my making They surround my mind And have me shaking My hands are cuffed behind my back I'm a prisoner of the worst kind, in fact A prisoner of compromise A prisoner of compassion A prisoner of kindness A prisoner of expectation A prisoner of my youth Run too fast to be old I've forgotten what I was told Ain't I a sight to behold?Whether you know it as slam poetry or spoken word, the popularity of performance poetry in Los Angeles has exploded over the past decade.Since then, the project — now directed by BU poet Maggie Dietz (GRS’97) — has produced three anthologies and more than 1,000 readings around the country.Throughout the semester, BU Today features a member of the BU community reading his or her favorite poem.
The series features performances by established and up-and-coming spoken word poets.
Hall, have acknowledged slam's influence on the show.
In a 2005 interview, Hall was quoted as saying: It's true that I was on Def Poetry even though I've never slammed.
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