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The “We” Story (Louis Toliver Jr-Swartz, LA)

Once we are born, we are suffocated by the lies of politicians as it feels like the pressure and steam between an iron and a shirt. It forced us to be chained down like Israleites and wear the adulterous letter, “I,” like a Hester Pyrnne. We had been cursed to our individuality long enough. We get it: We all feel lonely. We all feel underappreciated. We all want to be loved. But we can never meet our basic needs with no oxygen. We have to breathe. “I” cannot breathe alone. In order to become “We,” “I” had to be left in the past. “I” had become the Goliath, but the strength of David was our “We.” We had learned that it only takes one “I” to start an idea, but it must a “We” to build that idea. And this was the beginning of “We.”


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Louisiana Words History: Harvey LeBeouf and the Rise of Rural Louisiana

Harvey LeBeouf, the 8th accomplished Louisiana Words Allstar and the 2nd quickest writer to rise to this status since 2015, has brought in the most followers than any other writer in the history of Louisiana Words since 2014. He has racked in the most #1 poems and been consistently in the top 3 for Best of Week since Winter 2019. He gained Allstar status quickly having many poems under his belt with many more to come! A native of Kaplan, 27 people have joined the community ranking Kaplan at #6 in the top 10 places following. Yes! Kaplan the 1st rural town to beat out larger places like Shreveport (currently not in the top 10). Now living in Lake Charles, Harvey has also brought in 19 followers for Lake Charles ranking them #10. Both places are currently listed on the Louisiana Words Tour coming in the Winter 2020. Thank you, Harvey!

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