Why I Teach Poetry

this is why i teach poetry

Junior English, 2013

“I use spoken word poetry to help my students rediscover wonder, to fight their instincts to ‘be cool’ and unphased and instead actively pursue being engaged with what goes on around them so that they can reinterpret and create something from it. It’s not that I think spoken word poetry is the ideal artform. I am always trying to find the best way to tell each story… but I teach spoken word poetry because it’s accessible. Not everyone can read music or owns a camera but everyone can communicate in some way and everyone has stories that the rest of us can learn from. Plus spoken word poetry allows for immediate connection. It’s not uncommon for people to feel alone or that nobody understands them but spoken word poetry teaches that if you have the ability to express yourself and the courage to present those stories and opinions you could be…

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About agelesspoet

Born in East Flatbush, Brooklyn then migrated where God and the wind blew my family. I've learned to cling to words since high school books looked like non sence. Ever since then I have been building common sense. I Graduated From DePauw university with a major in Conflict Studies. I am the founder of an organization called S.W.A.G - Spoken Word Affecting Generations. Through that organization I have met countless of Dynamic artist who push themselves to the limit each and everyday and still manage to create timeless pieces of art. I work as an independent contracting artist that teaches the S.W.A.G- spoken word poetry & social change. Creating dynamic workshops that challenge students to develops their leadership skills, public speaking, anti-bullying, and literacy through the use of spoke word poetry.
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