Jalen M. Brown

  • November 7, 2017By Jalen M. Brown

    In this poem, the speaker talks about the love of their life. Unfortunately, this relationship is starkly unhealthy, as the love is unrequited. The speaker can’t seem to accept that, however, much to the dismay of their lover. While the lover does their best to keep the speaker at a reasonable distance, the speaker keeps

  • November 7, 2017By Jalen M. Brown

    In this poem, the speaker is out with their significant other, playing on the beach. As the speaker jumps around in the waves, the significant other is watching from afar, realizing that there’s nothing the speaker wouldn’t do for them. In this poem, I used a repetition of w’s, not for any particular reason other

  • September 24, 2017By Jalen M. Brown

    “Neo Yokio,” released by Netflix on September 22nd, is an American Anime created by Ezra Koenig and stars the infamous Jaden Smith. The story follows Kaz Kaan, dubbed “the most eligible bachelor” after a breakup with his girlfriend. He is apart of the Magistocrats, which is a family of rat-catchers turned demon-slayers after saving the

  • August 22, 2017By Jalen M. Brown

    As I continuously say, poetry is very subjective and interpreted differently from person to person. For some, this poem could be about the love a person has for their lover, and how the stillness of hot summer nights can feel like eternity when they’re next to them. For others, there could be another hidden message.

  • July 31, 2017By Jalen M. Brown

    As technology becomes more and more integrated into our daily lives, and more and more forms of media are being used to connect with the people around, it is no wonder that podcasts are beginning to make their mark on the social media world. Six in every ten Americans are familiar with the word “podcasting”—which,

  • July 6, 2017By Jalen M. Brown

    As usual, I wrote this poem for a monthly challenge. The prompt? Broken Mornings. Digging deep into the recesses of my brain, I thought of the different things that could “break” a morning, and then I built a storyline from there. That’s all poetry is, in my opinion; storylines that are worded intricately enough to

  • June 26, 2017By Jalen M. Brown

    This prose poem is, quite plainly, about unrequited love. The speaker is someone that’s in love, and they realize that the person they’re in love with doesn’t truly appreciate them as much as they do, but they don’t really care. Even something as small as a glance is enough to refill the wistful hope that

  • June 12, 2017By Jalen M. Brown

    I wrote this poem a week ago, particularly for the JuneFalls Poetry Challenge. The prompt was, as you can probably guess, “With Every Breath.” As I usually do when I write poetry, I don’t necessarily think of me, but I think of the many random characters that pollute my brain. Being a writer is exhausting

  • May 29, 2017By Jalen M. Brown

    I originally wrote this poem for the MayFalls Poetry Challenge: Love and Lilies. After I finished, I quickly fell in love with it, and it’s easily become one of the best and favorites poems that I’ve ever written. Poetry, I believe, is meant to be interpreted differently for each person. Individual characters and individual stories

  • May 7, 2017By Jalen M. Brown

    I originally wrote this poem for a scholarship contest, but I figured that I should share this with the world. This is very timely and very relevant to what’s going on in America and to how people view the country—both inside and out. Some people see America as a nation of dreams, while others see

  • April 29, 2017By Jalen M. Brown

    On April 28, 2017, Dear White People began streaming on Netflix. This series, based off of the 2014 film with the same name, is about the blatant racism and microaggressions that black students at a predominately white institute are forced to face. This struggle comes to a boil when a group of white students host

  • April 13, 2017By Jalen M. Brown

    The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas tells the story of sixteen-year-old Starr Carter—yes, she’s also convinced that she’s vaguely related to Jay-Z—who witnesses the tragic murder of her childhood friend at the hands of a police officer. It’s a tale that has been brought up in black culture for generations; do exactly what the