Hog Butcher for the World,
Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat,
Player with Railroads and the Nation’s Freight Handler;
Stormy, husky, brawling,
City of the Big Shoulders:
They tell me you are wicked and I believe them, for I have seen your painted women under the gas lamps luring the farm boys.
And they tell me you are crooked and I answer: Yes, it is true I have seen the gunman kill and go free to kill again.
And they tell me you are brutal and my reply is: On the faces of women and children I have seen the marks of wanton hunger.
And having answered so I turn once more to those who sneer at this my city, and I give them back the sneer and say to them:
Come and show me another city with lifted head singing so proud to be alive and coarse and strong and cunning.
Flinging magnetic curses amid the toil of piling job on job, here is a tall bold slugger set vivid against the little soft cities;
Fierce as a dog with tongue lapping for action, cunning as a savage pitted against the wilderness,
Building, breaking, rebuilding,
Under the smoke, dust all over his mouth, laughing with white teeth,
Under the terrible burden of destiny laughing as a young man laughs,
Laughing even as an ignorant fighter laughs who has never lost a battle,
Bragging and laughing that under his wrist is the pulse, and under his ribs the heart of the people,
Laughing the stormy, husky, brawling laughter of Youth, half-naked, sweating, proud to be Hog Butcher, Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat, Player with Railroads and Freight Handler to the Nation.
Kyla Kane from Vancouver Technical Secondary School of Vancouver, British Columbia, won the first prize for the best combined score of three recitations in English in 2013 Poetry in Voice competition.
As I was preoccupied listening to voices on the move, another voices were moving in Vancouver. The 2014 Poetry in Voice fourth annual poetry recitation competition held at Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre.
I am aware that the teachers encourage budding poets to join the competition.
Powering up the computer first thing Monday morning at work, I enjoy checking what’s happening at the school level. The best way for me to find out is to turn on the tweets. As it turned out, tweets are flying all over the place.
We won, again, on the Poetry in Voice!
Roan Shankaruk from Vancouver, BC, from the same school, Vancouver Technical Secondary is the 2014 winner.
I have no idea what she recited. I seek, searched and tweeted just to find out what poem and poet she chose. I suppose, I just have to wait. I will update this post as soon as I have more information.
Source: Poetry in Voice