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Social Spoken: Mahogany Browne on Technology’s Human Connection

by John Earnhardt

"The familiar reach of our hands to the screen and the pulse of a viral world. We sign in. We log in. We stay awhile. Refresh."--Mahogany Browne

The ninth poet in our summer poetry series is Mahogany Browne.  Browne's poem, "Viral World," tells the story of how technology brings us together in ways we never would have dreamed and gives us feelings that are all too human.

Browne is a Cave Canem Fellow and is the editor of the women's anthology, "His Rib: Stories, Poems & Essays," and author of several books, including a book of poems called "Swag." Browne has released five LPs, including the live album "Sheroshima." She is co-founder of the Off-Broadway poetry production, "Jam On It," and co-producer of NYC's 1st Performance Poetry Festival: SoundBites Poetry Festival.

All of the original poems in our Social Spoken video series 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.

How has technology connected you to other people in ways you never expected?

Other poets featured in this series are: Aneta Brodski, Bob Holman, Rachna Vohra, Aja Monet, Edwin Torres, 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.
Our eighth poet in the series is Edwin Torres.  You can view Edwin's poem here.

More on Mahogany Browne 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.

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