Feature Story

Social Spoken: Edwin Torres on Technology’s Impact on Social Networking

by John Earnhardt

"The Maze Within"

The eighth poet in our summer poetry series is Edwin Torres. Torres' poem, "The Maze Within," tells the story of how we are now in charge of entertaining and informing ourselves through social networks.

Torres has also appeared on MTV's Spoken Word Unplugged and the Charlie Rose Show; he has also been featured in Newsweek, Rolling Stone Magazine and New York Magazine. His poem, "I Saw Your Empire State Building," was included in the book, Words In Your Face: A Guided Tour Through Twenty Years of the New York City Poetry Slam in the chapter that dealt with the poetry slam community's response to 9/11. Torres' work has also appeared in numerous anthologies such as Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Cafe,Short Fuse: The Global Anthology of New Fusion Poetry, and Heights of the Marvelous: A New York Anthology, among many others.

To the one that entertains you, who are we looking for, but us.  Come to the screen lit bright by who?  On the other side is us…We are fans of what we live for. Friend me so I might live for.

-- Edwin Torres

All of the Social Spoken original poems focus on the real-life uses and impact of the network on our daily lives. We will publish a poem each Friday throughout the summer. We hope you have a great summer, and we hope that this series gives you a little different way of learning about the power of the network in our lives.

Other poets featured in this series are: Aneta Brodski, Bob Holman, Rachna Vohra, Aja Monet, Mahogany Browne, Jon Sands, Patrick Rosal, Tahani Salah, and Shappy Seasholtz.  The dates of the poems are listed here.

Our first poet in the series was Aneta Brodski.  You can view Aneta's poem here.
Our second poet in the series was Rachna Vohra. You can view Rachna's poem here.
Our third poet in the series was Aja Monet. You can view Aja's poem here.
Our fourth poet in the series was Jon Sands. You can view Jon's poem here.
Our fifth poet in the series was Patrick Rosal.  You can view Patrick's poem here.
Our sixth poet in the series was Tahani Salah.  You can view Tahani's poem here.
Our seventh poet in the series was Shappy Seasholtz. You can view Shappy's poem here.

More on Edwin Torres here.

The Network: Cisco's Technology News Siteworked with Ironbound Filmsto produce a series of original poems written and performed by some of the best spoken word poets in the world. All performances were filmed at the famous Bowery Poetry Club in Manhattan.