Have you’ve ever seen three girls do a creative chant about education and Chicago street violence? I’ve never seen three girls do a chant about violence and education, but I feel that was a good way for them to tell a story about Chicago. My favorite part of the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Festival was the girls from St. Paul School. What made it stand out was when the girls did their chant and talked about Chicago violence and when they talked about gang members and how students need their education.
A line I remember is when they said, “put down the guns, pull up your pants, do you see how you look?” The theme of this chant is about the violence that goes on in Chicago and how men or young boys look when they do those type of things to innocent people. What made me like this poem was what I heard from the girls and the choreography of their chant.
I felt that this was a good way for three young girls to express themselves and how they feel about the street violence of Chicago.