Poetry Slam Tonight!

Yes, tonight at 5:30pm in the cafeteria at Mt. Hope High School.  I know, I’m giving you no notice for this.  I didn’t have any notice either, just caught a glimpse of this message as I drove down Chestnut Street.  There’s nothing in the local paper about it, nothing on Patch, it’s not on the MHHS school calendar … but that might be by design.  A Poetry Slam, for those who haven’t heard of this, is a live poetry competition, where poets perform their best work and the audience decides the pick of the night.  It can be an energizing event, for both the poets and the audience.  Poetry is meant to be read aloud and listened to, and a Poetry Slam is one of the most entertaining ways to enjoy original poetry.  Obviously, it’s not all great, but it takes a certain amount of courage to stand up in front of an audience and perform something you’ve written.  I know I’m not bold enough to go public with any of my poems!  I do pledge to give you more notice the next time they schedule a Poetry Slam at the high school, though. 

As we make ready for what’s certain to be a snow day tomorrow, I’ll leave you with this poem written by Emily Dickinson,

It sifts from leaden sieves,
It powders all the wood,
It fills with alabaster wool
The wrinkles of the road.

It makes an even face
Of mountain and of plain, —
Unbroken forehead from the east
Unto the east again.

It reaches to the fence,
It wraps it, rail by rail,
Till it is lost in fleeces;
It flings a crystal veil

On stump and stack and stem, —
The summer’s empty room,
Acres of seams where harvests were,
Recordless, but for them.

It ruffles wrists of posts,
As ankles of a queen, —
Then stills its artisans like ghosts,
Denying they have been.

(Want more?  Check out Maria Horvath’s blog, A Poem A Day from the George Hail Library!)

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