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RIOT

My throat was shingling the roof of my mouth

with hoof prints when they came to break

the wilderness,

but no saddle could straddle my tongue.

We are armory.

We are legion.

We are medic.

We are poets.

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Shane Manier is a Creative Coach, Poetry Mentor, Artist, Live Painter and National Spoken Word Poet based in NC. She is the founder of the nonprofit Guerilla Poets with branches in the US and UK. As a poet and artist, she has been featured at many venues across the US while completing outreach programs as an activist.

 

She is currently the Spoken Word and Arts Teaching Instructor for Behailu Arts Academy, Harvey B. Gantt Center, Henderson High School and Playing for Others. In 2011 she was the youngest poet to ever be inducted in the Poetry Council of North Carolina and has been recognized as a National Poet performing with Respect Da Mic Slam Team 2017-2019.

 

In 2015 she released her first poetry album, “Bootstraps” and her first chapbook, “Fallen Heroes of the Awful Waffle” was published through Main Street Rag in 2017. She released her second album, “Carrier Pigeons” in 2019 and 2nd full length poetry book “Divine Disturbances” in 2020. Known as a prolific poet, she is in the process of publishing 12 more books and a third album.

 

Her poetry is widely known for its passion, centered around themes ranging from personal topics, social justice and powerful inspirational pieces that expose and bond the core of humanity.