Sociopoetix

Spit Journal is in collaboration with SocioPoetix.org, a digital archive for spoken word poetry videos. Our mission is to provide educators with a resource to help bring spoken word poetry into their class activities and discussions. By providing analysis, categorization, and discussion topics from online videos, SocioPoetix helps bridge the open-mic with the classroom.

Posted on 01.20.16

"Rekia Boyd" by Porsha O...

sociopoetix_blog | by Anthony Blacksher

INTERSECTIONALITY. Rarely does a poem so clearly and so effortlessly illustrate a sociological idea without using the specific term. Porsha Olayiwola’s “Rekia Boyd” does exactly that. This piece is an intersectional analysis of the invisibility and hidden politics women...

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Posted on 06.17.15

"Wile E. Coyote" by Shane Hawley...

sociopoetix_blog | by Anthony Blacksher

Certainly this poem inside the mind of Wile E. Coyote has more to do with psychology than sociology. Yet even this poem illustrates how sociological principles and concepts can lend insight into all types of situations. Halfway through this piece, Wile E. Coyote demonstrates ...

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Posted on 04.16.15

"Boobs" by Ollie Renee Schminkey...

sociopoetix_blog | by Anthony Blacksher

Ollie Renee Schminkey’s poem, “Boobs,” illuminates the idea that gender is a social construction. In this piece, Schminkey addresses the body in terms of the physical anatomy, the person in terms of identity, and society in the form of friends and generalized others. As...

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Posted on 12.08.14

"The Hunger Games" by Imani Cezanne...

sociopoetix_blog | by Anthony Blacksher

The Hunger Games films draw from a range of discussions, ideas, data, and myths about social stratification. A fan of the series would experience this poem at a more intimate level than someone who has simply watched the films. Imani Cezanne consistently draws parallels betwe...

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Posted on 09.07.14

"Cuz He's Black" by Javon Johnson...

sociopoetix_blog | by Anthony Blacksher

In “‘cuz he’s black”, Javon Johnson admonishes his young nephew from hiding while confronting his own irresolute feelings between police and Black men. The simultaneous engagement of lionhearted mentorship and self-conscious inner turmoil, illustrates the contradictio...

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Posted on 07.26.14

"Dear Ursula" by Melissa May...

sociopoetix_blog | by Anthony Blacksher

Melissa May’s “Dear Ursula” is a letter to the villain from The Little Mermaid. This poem is a response to Disney’s ‘Designer Villains’ collection of dolls and products released in 2012, which features numerous female villains in altered appearances. Ursula’s ch...

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