A Take on Modern Poetry

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Great post on The Passive Voice blog about Modern Poetry.

I know high school English classes pretty much squelched any joy I might have found in poetry for years. I don’t remember ever being asked to experience a poem  Or encounter a poem as what it should be, a performance of spoken word. We spent endless hours dissecting the works, looking at rhyme schemes and what not. What a way to ruin a work of art and passion.

The post includes a video of Shane Koyczan performing his “To This Day” poem. I encourage you to read the post. I’ve embedded the video below. I found it very moving and you may need to grab a tissue. But I’m a big softy and powerful art always makes me tear up.

Author: Stephen del Mar

Stephen del Mar lives in the Tampa Bay area and writes in the Southern Literary tradition. His stories are character driven with rich settings. They often have a touch of the paranormal, supernatural, or magical realism. Although he writes about serious subjects, they are sweetened with humor and wit. He says, "It's a southern thing."