Poet Donald Lesley, 17, is a senior at Kenwood Academy. This is the first year he has represented his school at Louder Than a Bomb, which advanced to the Final round of competition in the 2012 Festival.
Donald wrote Prayer to God inspired by “anyone who has ever had trials and tribulations that they have faced, and didn’t understand why.”
The largest of its kind in the world, Louder Than A Bomb (LTAB) is Chicago’s rapidly-growing teen poetry festival, taking place February 18 - March 10, 2012, at various venues around Chicago. Aiming to bring teens together across racial, gang, and socio-economic lines, LTAB is a friendly competition that emphasizes self-expression and community via poetry, oral story-telling, and hip-hop spoken word.
Click here to hear all the other 2012 recordings, alongside nearly 200 Louder Than a Bomb Finalist pieces recorded by Chicago Public Media (WBEZ-Chicago) over the past eight years.