Home Events On Campus Photo Article: Soul’D Out Poetry Jam EventsOn Campus Photo Article: Soul’D Out Poetry Jam By UCM Prodigy News - March 17, 2017 0 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Soul'D Out Poetry Jam 1 of 10 The audience watches on as student performers read their powerful poetry in hopes of winning first place. Rudy Francisco the featured performer of Soul'D Out 2017 is a author and poet from San Diego. He mainly focusses on the subjects of race, class,and religion. Here he recites the line "I believe masculinity is a wet fish they're just trying to hold onto." Members of the audience watch as Rudy talks about his experience with religion and how others use it to degrade members of the LGBTQ community. "If you believe God is love how can he hate a group of people?" Revol hopes to one day make it in the music industry as a producer. Here he performs one of his song titled "Like That." "Losing my mind, but I still have my soul." Rafael performs his poem "Genius Boy" which is about his family and how they have influenced him through his whole life. "One day when you grow up you'll be the difference." Ed performs his own freestyle verses in which he talks about his life and experience. "Half of these homies didn't even know what they were after." Charlie is a Global Arts Studies major one of the newest majors at UC Merced. Here he performs his poem "America" where he talks about the country as if it is a person. "War is the essence of your senses." Ariela performs her poem "Boiling Point" in which she denounces all people that have oppressed her. "Fuck you." "You will no longer have control over me." Austin performs his poem titled "The New Morning Dew" in which he ask questions that seem directly aimed at his audience. "I ask people what they do with their life and they say they watch TV and play videogames and I say I don't watch TV or play videogames so I ask you, what do you do with your life?" All student poets stand in order of performance as the audience votes for their favorite piece of the night. Charlie took first place with his poem "America." Ed won second place with his freestyle approach. Revol took third place with his poem "Genius Boy." _________________________________________________________________________ Photo Credit: Justin Gonzalez Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Drag Show at UC Merced GASP Collaboration, Featuring Eliane Elias A New Resource for All Students LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.