Poetry Findings of the Winter

As autumn descends into winter and we all begin to bundle up for the holiday season, I wanted to pull together some of the best videos and pieces of poetry I’ve found over the few months that have thawed me of this winter cold and left me in awe.

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The Summer I Turned Twenty by Ashe Vernon

Ashe Vernon’s performance of her poem “The Summer I Turned Twenty” is one that captivates and breaks you at the same time. The rawness and the anger in her voice is something so powerful, the pain almost mirroring an earthquake. This performance is one that I will never forget any time soon.

James Andrew Crosby

James Andrew Crosby creates a whole range of visual poetry in a simple and beautiful format, with small bursts of honest poetry which blends the themes of heartbreak, love and yearning in a perfect balance.

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Polos by Katie Ailes

Katie Ailes’ latest spoken word video, Polos, is a beautiful representation of spoken word combined with dance. The poem itself expresses the themes of insecurity and body issues within reflection upon a dance teacher in a beautiful and engaging way through the combining of these art forms.

Occupied by Ghosts by Taylor Pavolillo

Taylor Pavolillo’s zine Occupied by Ghosts examines the experience of loss and the pain and suffering that arrives within the aftermath. Accompanied by delicate photography that represents idyllic houses, this zine underlines the struggle of moving on without wanting to leave the past behind, and the gaping hole that you consume yourself in with this loss.

Contributing Editor

Jade Mitchell is an 18 year old poet / writer who resides near Glasgow, Scotland. Her work has been featured in The Grind Journal, Inky Paper and Ink Scotland. Aside from working on her writing and poetry, you can find her listening to Lorde and reading every poem she can find in sight.