Minneapolis Freestyle

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Minneapolis High School Students, with the help of a team of educators and poets, were encouraged to write poetry. The poems created by the students are in some cases hard-hitting, and in others, cute.

Poetry allows you to say things you would not express any other way. Today, high school students are writing a lot of poetry. Some of it is influenced by hip hop and rap, or challenges authority in what is being called freestyle poetry. But it is not all angry or challenging. Some students are creating poetry about family life and their friends, seemingly unconnected with pop culture.Minneapolis Freestyle contains selected poems that express the great range of emotions and points of view that collectively represent the student voice.


62 Pieces

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The Cookie Cart is a north side Minneapolis business which gives many high school kids their first jobs, as is the case with this poet, Darrien.

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  • Added: Feb 18, 2014
  • Length: 01:19
  • Purchases: 1
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Brian gives us a detailed description of how hard it has been for him to get by.

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  • Added: Feb 18, 2014
  • Length: 02:06
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It seems that most kids, Yahye included, like to write about their favorite activities.

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  • Added: Feb 18, 2014
  • Length: 01:11
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Yahye, a young participant in the Luxton after-school program reflects on the Islamic holiday of Eid.

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  • Added: Feb 18, 2014
  • Length: 01:35
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SIndus, a participant at the Luxton after-school program writes about a cute boy.

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  • Added: Feb 18, 2014
  • Length: 01:14
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Samiya, a participant in the Luxton after-school program tells us about her favorite season: Summer.

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  • Added: Feb 18, 2014
  • Length: 01:34
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Mohammed, a young participant in the Luxton after-school program, tells us about his favorite things.

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  • Added: Feb 18, 2014
  • Length: 01:18
  • Purchases: 1
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Eid, an Islamic,a twice annual celebration is a favorite holiday of many Islamic students. Farhan, of the Luxton after-school program, contributes ...

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  • Added: Feb 18, 2014
  • Length: 01:32
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  • Added: Feb 18, 2014
  • Length: 01:53
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A Minneapolis High School student reflects on a beautiful, sunn Minnesota day.

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  • Added: Feb 18, 2014
  • Length: :59
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A young Somali student reflects about gloomy rainy weather

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  • Added: Feb 18, 2014
  • Length: 01:15
  • Purchases: 1
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Compelling poem regarding where an Islamic student comes from. To this student, Islam, not a country, is the main thing.

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  • Added: Feb 18, 2014
  • Length: 03:26
  • Purchases: 1
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A young Somali high school student expresses how she intends to feel about her future family

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  • Added: Feb 18, 2014
  • Length: 02:36
  • Purchases: 1
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Ikraan gives her opinion of the Somali leader’s speech to USA Somali

  • Added: Feb 18, 2014
  • Length: 02:07
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Two Heritage HS girls recite their poem in praise of traditional Islamic values regarding women.

Bought by KSRQ and WAMC


  • Added: Feb 18, 2014
  • Length: 03:18
  • Purchases: 2
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In the 2012-13 school year, a team of poets and educators helped Minneapolis public school students write poetry reflecting their experiences. The ...

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  • Added: Nov 13, 2013
  • Length: 28:39
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Daquan, a student at Harrison High School in Minneapolis laments losing a best friend.

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  • Added: Jan 13, 2014
  • Length: 02:01
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Dayquan, a student at Harrison High School in Minneapolis, writes about moving forward despite having to struggle

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  • Added: Jan 13, 2014
  • Length: 01:39
  • Purchases: 1
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Dayquan, a student at Harrison Hish School in Minneapolis writes of his heartbreaks.

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  • Added: Jan 13, 2014
  • Length: 01:39
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Dayquan writes about his struggles losing his mother to death at an early age.

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  • Added: Jan 13, 2014
  • Length: 02:27
  • Purchases: 1