Based in Chicago, Illinois, Bianca Phipps is an actor, teaching artist, and spoken word poet. Her poem, “Almosts,” explores the loss and grief she experienced after the death of her friend. She performs her poem at the University of Northern Colorado during the preliminary round of the 2014 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational:

But even we with our supposed mastery of the English language, 
we’re not immune to the shortcomings of our vocabularies. 
Words can only help you if you speak them. 
I never told you that I loved you…

You never told me that you were dying… 
Five easy words that would’ve shattered our worlds… 

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