Poetry is thoughts that breathe and words that burn.” Thomas Gray

Everyone wants to be heard. Everyone wants to feel like their life, their story is important and that someone is listening. Oftentimes, children feel that no one is listening. They are taught to be the listeners and to regurgitate the information presented to them. But today’s youth are filled with concerns, emotions, and thoughtful perspectives.

The Omari Hardwick bluapple Poetry Network gives students across South Florida the opportunity to truly be the center of the educational process and express themselves through the art of spoken word poetry. Students from kindergarten through high school are exposed to the transformative power of poetry through teacher and student-led workshops, virtual poetry readings, regional conferences, and more.

The bluapple curriculum, carefully crafted by Director of Poetry Programs, Darius Daughtry, is aligned with all of the latest educational standards, but it is designed to make the focal point of the program true artistic expression. The ability to articulately and creatively express oneself with words is an essential tool for success that is cultivated with the assistance of teachers and teaching artists throughout the Network.

Students have thoughts that breathe, and the Omari Hardwick bluapple Poetry Network gives them platforms to let their words burn.

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