"For as long as the world shall endure, the honor and the glory of Mexico-Tenochtitlan must never be forgotten."

~ Chimalpahin Quauhtlehuanitzin

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Slam Poetry Goals

Niltze, folks!

I'd like to thank all of you for remaining faithful to Frypania and not unfollowing, even though I haven't posted anything interesting for eons. I suppose you're tired of conspiracy theory videos, Norse paganism, and dehydration by now and I apologize for posting so many things like that. 

Moving on, I'd like to talk about a very interesting person who has written some very interesting historical fiction that I am dying to read. Her name is Zoe Saadia. Now, I've known about her for a year but I haven't read any of her books. That's right, there's an author who has dedicated her research to awesome cultures like the Mexica/Aztecs, Iroquois, and Mississippians and I still haven't touched any of her writing yet. What a shame! So, I met her on Facebook and I was completely unprepared. However, I managed to carry on an obsessive conversation with her about things like the Mexica Movement. She said she'd send me free digital copies of her books once I get a Kindle (that's right, I don't have a Kindle yet. How sad. I should get one even if it's for the sole purpose of reading her books). Isn't she nice and awesome and fabulous and perfect? You can stalk her website here: http://www.zoesaadia.com/ Once I get a Kindle, I'll be able to save a lot of money and space. I can have over a hundred books on one device. That's worth it. She knows about the Mexica Movement and about the Aztec fandom on Deviantart and a bunch of other things I'm obsessed with.... so I wonder why we hadn't met before recently. She's even on the Mexica history Facebook group. I'd like to promote her books here. If you have a Kindle, get her books and read them! Just please.... NO SPOILERS. I intend to read each one ASAP too. 

Next, I want to talk about things I've been doing. Recently, the school slam poetry team went to the quarter-finals and I'll add that we failed miserably :'( . Last year we made it to the finals, but we got last place in the finals. I think we failed this year for the same reason as last year. Some of us (like me) had barely rehearsed and the judges seemed to be judging performance over content that day :'( . Anyway, excuses aside, some people outside of the team really wanted to read my poems and I never shared them with those people. Well, now's your chance! However, I am sharing these very reluctantly. 


Don't read this one or any of the other ones

I don't like this one

this was written last year for the finals

Now, those are only 3 poems. 

"Freya, haven't you written more than that? I love your secrets and your deepest darkest thoughts and I want to read more of these!!!!"

Well, child. Of course I have written more than 3 poems. What kind of noob only stops at 3? However, I will not allow you to read any more. At least not for now. 

Want to know what I call a good poem? 
I've heard lots of slam poetry before. That's the reason why I think my poetry sucks, because slam poetry is so beautiful and deep and eye-opening and amazing that my noobish ponderings seem like a disgrace to its greatness. For those of you who don't know what slam poetry is, you have no clue what you're missing out on. Slam poetry is basically a type of poetry that is written to be performed in front of a large group at a 'poetry slam'. It is also known as spoken word. You know what, why don't I just show you? Here are my top 3 all-time favorites!!!! 

#1: Letter to Katy Perry by Nasim Asgari 

This video was filmed at the semi-finals last year and I was lucky enough to be one of the audience members. This is the best poem I've ever heard. You MUST watch it. I have kept in touch with this girl and she is one of my role models. This poem is just so eye-opening and decolonized. She talks about wanting to make a change in the world and she talks about the immoral system of white supremacy. In about 3 minutes she addresses so many important causes. It's fabulous.... my all time favorite poem. 

#2: Somewhere in America by Belissa Escobedo, Rhiannon McGavin, and Zariya Allen

These girls are part of the organization called 'get lit' which promotes literacy in schools. This poem is so eye-opening and beautiful. It gives me the chills. They got 3rd place in an international competition for this poem! 

#3: Resist by Izel Xochitl/Alicia Anahuac 

"Fuck yeah, we are anti-American" 
Oh my gods. Swear word warning but other than that, fabulous. 

So yeah, this is my 3rd favorite poem of all time.... and it's very educational. 
This was written by Alicia Anahuac. She goes by the name 'Izel Xochitl' now. She writes mostly about the condition of the indigenous people/Nican Tlaca. Her poems are very deep. 

If you have sat through this post and watched all this amazing poetry you probably feel enlightened and empowered. I know I was after watching each video. 

That's all for this post. I haven't had time to pursue my hobbies lately, which is why I haven't posted much.... because I had nothing to show except for dehydration and Norse paganism videos. 

Well,  I have started a story (it's more of a fanfiction, really. Which fandom? Dehydration and ancient civilizations and stuff, the usual). I may or may not post it. If I do, it won't be all at once, but in parts (1 chapter per post). 

I highly suggest you look more into slam poetry if you don't know much about it, or if you haven't had exposure to amazing poetry like this before. 



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