Biography of Mark Grist
Mark Grist is a poet and battle rapper based in Peterborough, UK, who rose to prominence when his Don't Flop rap battle against Mancunian MC Blizzard became an internet sensation.
Grist performed in various musicals and productions whilst at school, including many performances with the Bristol Youth Theatre (he later went on to co-direct the company). He studied American and English literature at the University of East Anglia before becoming an English teacher. Grist began using rap techniques to teach his students about poetic devices and other elements of the English language, inspiring them to take a stronger interest in the subject. He formed Dead Poets, a double act that fused spoken-word poetry with hip-hop, with fellow Peterborough MC Mixy in 2008, touring the United Kingdom and performing at the Edinburgh Festival in 2010. After deciding to try out rapping in the Don't Flop battle league, Grist's battle against MC Blizzard received coverage in the British media, garnering 3 million internet views in the process.
Grist performed at the Edinburgh Festival again in 2012.
Mark Grist Poems
The History Ain'T Bright...
I'm here to warn you all of a teacher in your school, More foul than Simon Cowell and a dozen times more cruel, A schemer. A despot. A crafty student captor. Feasts on the fear of first years like some blonde velociraptor,
Head Of Progress
There's a fight, Sir! By the lockers, Sir! And Aidan's battered Paul! Daniel's strangled Jordan
Before we knew each other I was lump Creamy little bump A shapeless clump of energy,
One night, believing myself big enough, I crept out of bed to neck my Father's mouthwash.
You kept us in check, alright. Hugged us With a thuggery unrivalled on our street. A bellow from the doorstep; you framing the fortress, Knuckling at dusters; rubbing spit upon faces;
Before we knew each other
I was lump
Creamy little bump
A shapeless clump of energy,
As I entered your world.
In later years we sat, sunk in your armchair,
Me, a little clay ball on your lap turning pages