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In the age of Facebook and digital communication, a remarkable group of British teenagers have chosen to define themselves through one of the most ancient, and potent, forms of culture out ... See full summary »

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In the age of Facebook and digital communication, a remarkable group of British teenagers have chosen to define themselves through one of the most ancient, and potent, forms of culture out there - the spoken poem. 'We Are Poets' intimately follows the lives and words of the UK's multi-ethnic noughties generation as the Leeds Young Authors poetry team prepare for a transformational journey of a lifetime, from the red bricked back streets of inner city North England, to a stage in front of the White House at Brave New Voices - the world's most prestigious poetry slam competition. Anyone tempted to dismiss today's youth as politically apathetic better pay heed - here is electrifying evidence to the contrary. Written by Anonymous

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Poets with attitude, Straight Outta Leeds
9 December 2012 | by (London) – See all my reviews

Energetic and concise account of six young poets emerging from the Leeds Young Authors project, and heading for Washington DC to compete with the best and brightest young Americans in the prestigious poetry slam contest. Beginning with a brilliant slow motion montage of everyday Leeds set against the verse of "I come from" by Joseph Buckley, the film is lyrical and engagingly positive. The youngsters are all likable, articulate and capable of impressive focus when transforming their emotions into verse. The rhythms of their poetry have more in common with rap than Shelley or T S Eliot, raising the question of how their poetic talent will mature. A tantalising and oddly inspiring glimpse of what poetry can mean to teenagers.


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