A Student’s Slam Poem Goes Viral

That’s one thing I really love that poetry can do, is that it can bring these ideas together.”

Lily MyersWesleyan University

While home for winter break in 2012, Lily Myers channeled her frustrations about family dynamics involving gender, body image, and food into a poem, “Shrinking Women,” that she performed last spring at the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational. The poem, in which she says she starts many questions in class with “Sorry,” has been viewed more than three million times on YouTube.

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Photo and Audio of Lily’s Performance: Button Poetry on YouTube Music: Theme by John Gravois

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