Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Sunny Day; Sunny Thoughts

“Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought
      and the thought has found words.” 
 Robert Frost


We hope you're enjoying the Seattle Sunshine!

Monday, April 28, 2014

SCORES-- Goes Collegiate!

A sunny Friday in Seattle is a rare and wonderful thing! 
So is practicing with a University Soccer Team!

Bailey Gatzert SCORES Poet-Athletes got both!

Friday, April 25, 2014

Poets, Authors, and a Sounder -- Oh My!

 Welcome to the America SCORES Seattle Book Fair Kick-Off Event!

A little history and info about why SCORES is AWESOME!

 "Be Glad Your Nose is on Your Face" by Jack Perlutsky 

  Then two poems wonderfully read by former Seattle Sounders player, Roger Levesque!
He even used some props, it made for a very fun performance. 

"Every Time I Climb a Tree" by David McCord

 Our National Poetry Slam Finalist Kendin! With his beautiful poem "What's Within Me"

More Poet-Athletes bravely shared some poetry with us as well. 
Thank you Stacy and Demetreyonna!

Local Author Reagan Jackson performed original pieces from her book, we were inspired!

Local poet Amber Nelson shared a Sci-Fi inspired poem and another about the sheer joy we can find in everyday things!

AnnaLee Zenkner shared a touching and personal poem.

Craig shared a witty and funny poem about dogs in India solving their education issues! Insightful and fun!

Group Shot!

Meet and Greets, autographs and photos!

 Then the poets and guests mingled!

Then we said farewell! Thanks for all the support!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Desperately Seeking Spring!


We began our Spring Season this week. We got out in the wavering sunshine. 
We discussed everyday heroes. We thought about our selves and our communities. 
We had fun!

"When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be the happiest."
 - Ernest Hemingway

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Poet Fantastic -- Creativity at Play!

Never under estimate the value in waking up your brain cells. 


Monday, April 7, 2014

The Writing on the Wall


Friday, April 4, 2014

Coast to Coast -- Look out NY!

Very soon our America SCORES Seattle Poetry Slam finalists board a plane that will take them (on their first flight) to the National Slam in NYC! Congratulations to Kendin and Shukria! We borrowed some of their rehearsal time to conduct a short interview:  

Meet Kendin, a fifth grade student, he is a leader on his team and his teammates hold his poetry in high esteem. He is a big help to his family, and his poetry is often about them. “I look up to my mom, because even though she’s blind she never gives up and I think that she’ll be a great role model for me when I get older.” His poem “What’s Within Me” is an inspiring poem about what motivates him, “a family that I love” and confirms he’s “a boy who will lead.”

Talk to us about SCORES
Kendin thinks SCORES will help in the future should he pursue soccer or being author he can reflect back on his time in SCORES and know that he must work hard. The opportunity to go to New York in his own words, “will benefit my life by being able to think of how I’ve accomplished something and maybe if I can keep on doing that then  I can actually get somewhere in my life." Kendin’s favorite parts of SCORES are doing things with friends, being able to be watched by family, “accomplishing [his] goals of being part of a community.”

Meet Shukria, a fifth grade student who comes from a large family, one of six children. She looks up to her Mom who she says “cares about everyone equally” and she hopes “I can become a mother like that.” She is an encouraging teammate and a gifted poet. Rich Martin a judge from Seattle’s poetry slam raved, “Lyrical Genius! Deep understanding of writing and her message.” Her poem “Crazy” is a rhythmic and creative demonstration of fantasy and figurative language, “Imagine a boat replaced my head, drowning in my thoughts right before bed.”

Talk to us about SCORES
What Shukria values most about SCORES are the friendships she has made. She is a little nervous about performing in New York but looks forward to the experience and hopes she will learn new things on that adventure. Her future dreams include being a doctor or being a poet, perhaps even both!


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Get Lifted with Powerful Poetry

“To elevate the soul, poetry is necessary.”
 ― Edgar Allan Poe

An original poem by Jesus a SCORES Poet-Athlete

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Happy National Poetry Month!

April is National Poetry Month! 

Celebrate it with America SCORES Seattle! 

A poem a day 
will keep the brain heart soul
at play!

Let's start this wonderful, wordy month with a poem from one of our SCORES Poet-Athletes with a bright perspective for this sunny afternoon. Enjoy!

"When I Open My Eyes"

When I open my eyes I see the world, the forests, the rivers and more.
I see the animals and people and shops.
The parks and the fun, the beaches and the water.
I see the schools and the students- waiting to learn while the teacher talks.
I see an artist painting on a canvas, stroke by stroke.
When I open my eyes I see the mountains high, tall and proud, waiting for people to climb them.
I see the beautiful scenery, waiting to be found.
I hear the waterfalls rush as it goes down.
I see the King of the Jungle, sitting atop a hill, watching his Kingdom.
When I open my eyes, I see EVERYTHING.

-Vi, 5th Grade