|Dr. Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg typing|
a poem to send out into the world
At one point in the reading, she asked for the audience to give her a number of words, to which we responded with "inland," "South America," "transcendence," "middle school" and several others that seemingly had no relation. She then improvised and recited an impressive poem using each one - this was my favorite part of her presentation. In her question and answer session at the end, she shared her thoughts on the creative process and her own writing techniques. She compared it to any art form and explained that as you practice, you'll find that you'll improve and develop your own style, and the more you practice, the more easily the language of poetry will come to you.
|Miss Conception's awesome poetry|
slamming skills won her the grand
prize - an iPad 2!
The following Wednesday, we had our normal, monthly Poetry Social. This didn't draw a very big crowd - three poets - but we had a good time creating, sharing and discussing work focused on the theme of "Transcendence." Last night's reading by Dr. Goldberg was the final program in the series, and I'm happy to say it was a great end to our month long celebration. In talking with her afterward, she expressed how great she thought it was that the library worked with the arts center on these events, and I think everyone who attended and participated in them felt the same way. I'm looking forward to next April and great things we can do then! Here's to poetry!