The spoken poem ‘Lost Voices’ (LV) composed by Darius Simpson and Scout Bostley explores various notions of human experiences. Through the back and forth structure of stanzas, they recount each other’s individual experiences with discrimination and the people who attempted to silence and retell their personal stories. The poem’s anecdotal style portrays the injustices opposed in life; how adversity is coincidental; how alienation is a consequence of corrupted power, and how the absence of love draws forth new understandings and perceptions of the human condition. The poem effectively illustrates the human experience to a great extent leaving the audience to reflect personally on a renewed perspective towards the adversity of life.
The human experience is circumstantial, generally dependent on an individual’s upbringing. Society’s natural instinct to categorise people by factors such as race, gender, religion demonstrates an individual’s subjection to the injustices of life before they are born. Despite Bostely being a 21st century white female who lives in a society that values equality between men and women, she ironically utilises this platform to critically challenge how her experiences of being a woman is not a reflection of these modern values. She personifies and compares her body wherein a “cause to write legislation cause for ass/ smacks in the back of a class”, highlights her experience with sexual harassment for being born a woman. The employment of rhyme within “ass” and “class” symbolises her negative experience to be unbound by neither age nor location. Despite these uncontrollable factors, Bostley’s natural desire to be acknowledged expresses the human condition to achieve change with the consciousness of the human experience as extremely flawed. Hence, ‘LV’ perfectly embodies the notion of the human experience as unfair. This enables the audience to reflect upon the paradoxical nature of life and therefore result in the unification to promote change for a future which exemplifies equality.
Social groups which demonstrate power tend to discriminate and alienate other groups in the attempt to maintain it. This corruption is unideal, however unavoidable. The human race is imperfect and despite the acknowledgement by the majority, they still attempt to achieve perfection albeit it results in the negative experiences of others. Simpson is colloquially referred to as a “black” man; born into a predominantly white governed society in which he faces adversity due to his skin colour. Historical allusion of the derogatory term, “slave” is utilised by Simpson to illustrate how discrimination can transverse time, stemming from the colonial period. This contextual period highlights how countries were colonised and exploited by mainly European countries. Thus, Simpson has attached a particular race possessing control over others, further emphasised when he recounts of being chased by “white kids” during recess which shows how power can be ingrained from a young age. In relation to, “The problem is you assume this struggle is attached to a social class",” Simpson imperatively utilises “you” to address the issue of how stereotypes have arisen from the domination of marginalised groups who belittle their self worth. Therefore, through Simpson’s lived human experience with discrimination, power is demonstrated as a method to alienate and undervalue a group to satisfy the human desire and attempt to take control over a world full of unpredictability.
The absence of love can lead to a collective group to re-evaluate their situation to establish and create their own love through unification. Love is an innate aspect of the human experience. Without it, humans would be unable to function properly as it is a catalyst behind human behaviours. In LV this is demonstrated through the composers utilisation of their platform to encourage individuals who face adversity to speak up for them self. The anaphora of “I fight” in “I fight so my voice can be heard/ I fight for the voices you silence.” demonstrates and highlights the positive human quality to help others. This quality is how people are able to connect with each other because of the desire to immerse oneself with positivity, thus result in the unification of people. Therefore, LV successfully conveys how the human experience of love can easily emerge from negative experiences to bond individuals closer together which demonstrate a form of love.
In summation, through the exploration of injustices of life, corruption of power that leads to alienation and the absence of love bringing forth unification the human experiences has been thoroughly and effectively illustrated within LV through the experience of discriminations which resulted in the renewed perceptions of the world and the human condition.