noun: poetry; plural noun: poetries

1.    Literary work in which special intensity is given to the expression of feelings and ideas by the use of distinctive style and rhythm; poems collectively or as a genre of literature.

From the dark mind of Edgar Allan Poe, to the hopeless romantic heart of William Shakespeare, to even the revolutionizing words of Tupac Shakur, poetry has helped express the voices of many generations.


Listening and reading poetry is a way for individuals to really stand outside of themselves and their lives and see it being lived through the perspective of others.  Sometimes we forget that there are over 7 billion people breathing on this planet, and with that, there are over 7 billion thoughts racing in each and every one of them.  Poetry is just one of the prime ways that we can really take a glimpse into each other’s personal lives through words that speak in a way that not just stimulates us intellectually, but emotionally as well.

“Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things.” -T.S. Eliot

In all of us there are great poets.  Our voices are the most powerful parts of us.  They are meant to be used and they are meant to be heard.  The greatest poets ever discovered changed the lives of many and became leaders in the world of poetry.  You too can change lives and you too can become leaders in poetry.  All you have to do is use your words and use your voice.


This Friday, February 21, 2014, Salem State is giving you the opportunity to use your voice and listen to the voices of others.  Join us for our Poetry Slam and Open Mic Night from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm.  There will be performances by The Lizard Lounge Slam Team and UAT Members.  And if you’re interested in performing, feel free to contact Roatha Kong in the Campus Center Rm 218 or email her at r_kong@salemstate.edu

You’re the leader of your voice. Use it proudly.

Photo Credit: http://www.powerpoetry.org/sites/default/files/poetry2.jpg // Photographer: Alex Indigo


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