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Poetry Slam

Posted by titantv on March 26, 2014 at 1:45 PM

By Summer Parkins 


Julius Carson, a student from New York, wowed students and teachers at McDowell High last year when he performed a poem at the Veterans Day program. This year, he had the opportunity to do it again when he participated in and won the Creative Writing class’ poetry slam.

Carson’s final performance earned him the highest score of a 9.6 out of 10. Upon his arrival at McDowell High, Mrs. Croymans recognized his talent and asked him to perform for the Veterans Day program, which encouraged him to continue writing. In fact, Carson hopes to go on to work with music production. Carson considers himself to be different from other poets and musicians because he blurs lines between poetry and rap to create his own style. One of the many things that sets Carson apart is that he never uses profanity or suggestive themes. Sadly for McDowell, this performance was Carson’s last for our small town. He has decided to move back to New York to find more opportunity and pursue his dream.

However, Carson was not the only talented poet present. Mr. Andy Ferguson said that this was “the deepest field I have seen out of all the poetry slams I’ve done.”

All of the judges would agree that the competition was high and it was very difficult to judge. Many of the students had been writing for several years, some even having attended overnight conferences across the state.

Some of the students, like Michael McDonald, take their writing to a whole different level. McDonald has been writing for over six years, all the while developing an alter ego known as “Chimera” that he has been fabricating with his writing since he started to give his performances an extra edge. However, this character does not fully mask his fear of performances, as he often writes dark and controversial material that he fears will solicit a negative response from the audience. However, after making it to the final round of the poetry slam, he has learned that his work is better received than he had expected.

The field for this year’s slam was extremely competitive with several talented students with unique styles from all ends of the spectrum. Although not every student could place, the students got to express themselves and present their individual takes on the creative side of literature.


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