One look at Jersey Shore, The Hills or what have you, and it’s easy to see that our culture needs more poetry. We are in a poetry famine. Where is beauty? Where is expression? Where is our soapbox? The folks at Youth Speaks Nashville are doing something about our poetry problem, and they are fighting the good fight to improve the lives of young people. They offer Nashville youth, many of them from underserved communities, the chance to let their voices be heard. They also help build literacy while making learning more personal and relevant. Bravo! Today they perform Black History House, a spoken-word and poetry event, at the Downtown Public Library. They will be joined by special guest Marc Bamuthi Joseph, a GOLDIE winner, Broadway veteran and contributor to Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry. You heard it here first: Poetry is def.