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Letter to the Editor

True story: I told my mom about the backlash I received on campus for the beautiful gesture offered to me at Apollo night. In all of my mother’s wisdom she imparted these words from Childish Gambino: “Don’t be mad cuz I’m doing me better than you doing you.”

My body is my own; so are my words

I was taught that spoken word poetry started in the east coast, originating in Latin@ communities then Black neighborhoods as an “alternative venue where non-Columbia/NYU educated, poor, Spanglish-speaking, racially oppressed groups carved their own space” to challenge norms that silence them in a form that is meant to be experienced immediately with “particular rhetorical practices and discursive tropes that make it "SPOKEN WORD" as opposed to "poetry read aloud."