A special treat for educators and students: "Accents" is now animated. (Watch here)
Thanks to Sarah Kay and TED-Ed for including this as part of the "There's a Poem for That" series, which creates animated interpretations of poems both old and new that give us language for some of life's biggest feelings.
Big thanks to animator, Robertino Zambrano for his incredible work; it's exciting to see this poem live in a new way. I hope this video is useful for your classrooms, there's also a short interview at the end.
Here's a snippet:
"I wanted to write my mother out of the shame that didn't belong to her. I wanted to write her into a power that she possesses. And I wanted to subvert the hierarchies of language that puts English at the top and every other language at the bottom."