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{March 15, 2013}   My First Poetry Slam

microphoneThe Brockton Arts hosted their first poetry slam last night at a college near me. I decided to check it out. They were having an open mike before the slam for poets to get up and read or recite a poem. I wanted to stretch myself out of my comfort zone.

Boy, was I glad I went. I discovered a new form of entertainment, a lot of talent, and a welcoming community — and some things I’d forgotten about myself.

Going to see local bands when I was in my early 20s was an energizing experience and stimulating for both my mind and my creativity. I had forgotten what it felt like to feel so alive and so…young. I felt twinges of that last night. The poets/performers had so much passion, energy, and talent. The atmosphere was intimate and warm, and the time flew by for me. Watching them felt like a combination of watching a play and watching live music. It has been way too long since I have done either of those things, mostly because of the money involved. I had no excuse here…this was free and fabulous.

To be honest, I wasn’t sure I was going to enjoy it because I don’t like rap music. The repetitious bass beat for some reason makes me feel like I want to slug somebody. But I really enjoyed this…the word play was great and I could actually hear it because I wasn’t distracted by the music. Many of them were extremely polished in their voices and stage presence; others were nervous and at times forgot the words. But their nervousness just made me like them and admire them all the more. A door to my nurturing self opened inside me as I watched them: I was face to face with an old dream to be a teacher. They made me want to be INVOLVED in ┬áthe world, instead of hiding from it.

The winner of the slam and several other performers recited religious poems, filled with belief and passion. I was reminded of the energy of a southern Baptist church. Not what I expected at all. What a wonderful surprise!



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