Sep 11

she isn't into me


i saw a girl in my dreams, 

she was blonde, tall, and pretty.

i wanted that girl to myself,

but she wanted someone else.

when he broke her heart, i was a shoulder.

even though mine’s getting colder from you.

you’re not that twisted, just a bisexual daydream,

and i want you off the mainstream with me…

let’s get out of town,

or go on a date.

it doesn’t matter where,

just promise me it’s great.

and maybe in the past, we weren’t written in,

but trust me, we look great, so i’ll dive in.
 
May 18
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WELCOME TO LINE BREAK
YWP's podcast of interviews by, for, and about YWP's incredible community of writers and artists

YWP welcomes Sophia Guo (The Lone Cat on the site) as the new host of Line Break! Sophia has stepped up to carry on the Line Break tradition as longtime host Iris Robert heads off to college in September 2022. Iris, eyesofIris, started Line Break in 2020 and has hosted more than 50 episodes! YWP is so grateful to Iris, and excited to introduce Sophia!
Feb 26
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Line Break, Episode 54: A Selfie

Hi everyone! Here is a special 'Selfie' edition of Line Break. This week, gg (YWP's founder and creator of amazing things- check out his work below!) spoke with me about my poem, 'Wrinkled,' feeling anxious about the future, being perfectionists and self-editors, the importance of collaboration and community, and making poetry available to all. 
I hope you enjoy this episode!
- Iris

gg's work: https://geoffreygevalt.com
Some hints and samples of gg's novel here: https://geoffreygevalt.com/hiramfalls
Audio download:
Podcast54Edited!!.mp3
Feb 12
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Line Break, Episode 53

Hi everyone! This week I spoke with Immy about her poem, "The Boy Across the Aisle," being spooked by airplanes, the lives of strangers, seeing people from other perspectives, keeping memory boxes, and experimental writing. 
Also, amaryllis and I will be hosting another Oh Snap! Online Open Mic on February 19th at 1pm Eastern, and we would love for you to join us! The sign-up link is under the YWP events tab - feel free to message with any questions!
I hope you enjoy this episode!
- Iris

Audio download:
Podcast53Edited!!.mp3
Jan 22
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Line Break, Episode 52

Hi everyone, 
This week I spoke with emi_art_now about her poem, "Baby," worst case scenarios, a need for change in society, inspiration from YWP, and the coolness of shopping secondhand. We also talk about the scary reality of school shootings and active shooter drills. 
I hope you enjoy this episode!
-Iris
 
Audio download:
Podcast52Edited!!.mp3
Jan 01
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Line Break, Episode 51

Hi everyone! Happy 2022! 
This week I spoke with gracebats about her poem, "Worlds," the multiverse and time travel, middle school, experimenting with poetry, taking inspiration from songs, and annotating books. Also, Oh Snap is returning on January 15th at 1pm Eastern! Sign up through the Events tab on YWP if you're interested in joining us for a fun afternoon of sharing poetry, stories, and random tangents!
I hope you enjoy!
 - Iris


 
Audio download:
Podcast51Edited!!.mp3
Dec 04

Line Break New Host Search

Hi everyone!

As you may know, I created Line Break in March 2020, right before the pandemic hit, and I’ve been producing episodes ever since. We just hit the 50th episode milestone, which is so incredible and makes me so happy! I love Line Break and all of the conversations I’ve had with you amazing YWP writers so much. It’s both exciting and bittersweet to announce that I will be handing the podcast over to a new host before I graduate in the spring.

If you love Line Break, YWP, writing, podcasts, and talking to people about these topics and much more, please send me a message through the site. I’d love to talk with you about Line Break and how it would work for you to host, plus any new ideas for changing things up! Ideally, you would also have some knowledge of audio editing/production, but if not it’s easy to learn. I would train you for a few weeks until you’re comfortable, and then you would take over.
 
Nov 21
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Line Break, Episode 50, Part 2: Alumni Advice to YWP




Hi everyone! Here is the special "Alumni Advice to YWP" episode of Line Break! This week, I spoke with YWP alum (and Seattle Youth Poet Laureate!) Yellow Sweater about the college prep process, starting college early, taking classes that interest us, information sessions and college tours, getting involved in student organizations, having people support you, transitioning into adulthood suddenly, keeping writing and YWP in our lives, and upcoming milestones. 
Audio download:
Podcast50Pt2Edited!!.mp3
Nov 06
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Line Break, Episode 50 Part 1

Hi everyone! This week I spoke with Lizzy_Rights about her poem, "The Ten Most Beautiful Things," Hallmark movies, dogs versus cats, going through difficult times, finding similarities between ourselves and book characters, relating feminism to chess, and bullet journaling. 
I hope you enjoy! Don't forget to sign up for the next Oh Snap! Online Open Mic hosted by amaryllis and I on Nov. 20 at 1pm Eastern! Can't wait to see you there! :)
-Iris

 
Audio download:
Podcast50pt1Edited!!.mp3
Oct 23
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Line Break, Episode 49

Hi everyone! This week I spoke to The Lone Cat about her poem, "Ripeness," getting through writing failures, being gullible, feeling too young to write fiction, poets as performers, and me being a motivational speaker. 
I hope you enjoy!
-Iris
 
Audio download:
Podcast49Edited!!.mp3
Oct 09
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Line Break, Episode 48

Hi everyone! This week I spoke with Spoopy_Mouse about his poem, "For My Older Sister," our siblings, books we've read and are hoping to read, writing short stories, and finding meter in poetry. I hope you enjoy!

Also, amaryllis and I will be hosting another Oh Snap! YWP Online Open Mic on Oct. 16th at 1pm Eastern! We'd love to have you join us for a fun afternoon of sharing writing and talking about all sorts of topics! Send me or amaryllis a message on the site if you have any questions and be sure to sign up!

-Iris

FOR MY OLDER SISTER
By Spoopy_Mouse

You were brisk with your walking
Ignoring Oregon, and all unsaid
Before the goodbye
I fell behind admiring a slug
Knelt to let it crawl across my palm
I imagined your toys
Dusty, in our attic of ancient things
Audio download:
Podcast48Edited!!.mp3
Sep 29
fiction, audio, opinion challenge: Heavens
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Heavens


YWP Contest Week 4 Heavens

Liam Brown

Age 11

Essex Junction
There I was, Fighting Goliath, the biggest monster in here. I was pinned in midair fighting for my life. My Father once said “The end of something always sparks something new.” Yeah right, when something or someone ends it ENDS. 

     Hold on, I should probably start from the beginning. When I was born the priest said I was destined to do something great. Every year as I grew, so did the pit in my stomach, nothing great was happening. When you live in the infinite black abyss it's quite hard to achieve greatness when there is nothing around.
Sep 18
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Line Break, Episode 46

Hi everyone! This week I spoke with infinitelyinfinite3 about her essay, "Insecure," getting our licenses soon, the responsibilities of growing up, being scared of dialogue, losing friendships and having crushes, and Emily Dickinson. 
I hope you enjoy! 
-Iris 

INSECURE
By infinitelyinfinite3

I turn fifteen in exactly sixteen days. That, in and of itself, is terrifying. Difficult to explain, really, but I am a writer — that is my job — to explain, to entertain, to engage. And so, here I stand, holding my innermost pains out to you all. 
Audio download:
Podcast46Edited!!.mp3
Sep 04
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Line Break, Episode 45

Hi everyone! This week I spoke with liebeslied about her poem, "Goldfinch," thinking about love and falling in love with strangers, "The Little Prince," and writing for yourself instead of others.
Also, amaryllis and I are going to be hosting another Oh Snap! Online Open Mic on September 18th at 1pm Eastern Time. Join us to share your writing, listen to other cool writers share their pieces, and have random discussions about anything we think of! The sign-up is here and on the front page of YWP, and we'd love to see you there!
I hope you enjoy this episode!
-Iris
Audio download:
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Aug 21
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Line Break, Episode 44

Hi everyone!

This week I spoke with Geri about her poem, "Truly Alone," feeling lonely during the pandemic, experimenting with poetry forms, our love for words, libraries, and writing that we adore. I hope you enjoy this episode! 

Also, amaryllis and I will be hosting another series of Oh Snap! Online Open Mics from September through May! Check out the front page of YWP to see the announcement and sign up sheet for September.

We'd love to have you join us for a fun afternoon of sharing our writing and discussing random topics! 
- Iris

Truly Alone
By Geri

I wrote this during the Writing With Reuben workshop. Really fun workshop!

I have learned what it means to be lonely. 

Staring at my phone screen,
letters all in blue, 
silently begging for a reply. 
Audio download:
Podcast44Edited!!.mp3
Aug 07
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Line Break, Episode 43

Hi everyone! This week I spoke with Coraline Hart about her poem, "Lemonade," (see below), phonesthetics (words that sound pretty), summer and music, seeing houses we used to live in, horror movies, and the best bookstore in the world. 
I hope you enjoy!
- Iris
LEMONADE
By Coraline Hart
The sour taste sizzles on your tongue,
sweetness stings your taste buds
hot summer beams on us when we're young
ice cools the drink so it suds
the sweet and sour brings back splashes
of sunburned, chlorine soaked children
not thinking about incoming classes
the couple play a tune for the steamed night
while sweet and sour collide
lightning bugs glow bright
in hopes that one day she'll be my bride
That's what I think of summer serenade
whenever I drink lemonade 
Audio download:
Podcast43Edited!!.mp3
Jul 24
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Line Break, Episode 42

Jul 10
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Line Break, Episode 41

Jun 26
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Line Break, Episode 40

Hi everyone! This week Treblemaker and I both wrote poems based on the prompt: what does cinnamon remind you of? In this episode, we talk about my poem, "cinnamon" and Treblemaker's poem, "Cinnamon," how we interpret prompts, The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe, coffee, associating smells with family members, and reflections of how we've changed since we last spoke in Episode 19
Also, I wanted to thank YWP again for allowing Line Break to be here for 40 episodes! I've had so much fun recording and I hope that you enjoy listening. 
- Iris


Intro and outro music: "Jazzy Frenchy" from Bensound.com.
 
Audio download:
Podcast40Edited!!.mp3
Jun 12
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Line Break, Episode 39

Hi everyone! This week I spoke with reeseriversandstone about her poem, "Dreamsicle, Belly Up," memory, our childhoods, contradictions and duality, and neuroscience (but in simple terms!). 
I hope you enjoy!
-Iris 

Intro and outro music: "Jazzy Frenchy" from Bensound.com.
Audio download:
Podcast39Edited!!.mp3