Poetry is important to our school and important in life to broaden our perception of life. Poetry is a good chance to get to know other people and if your good enough, you can win scholarships or free money! The Poetry Slam is a event where students can show off a poem they wrote or where they can recite a poem that was written by someone else.
Each year SJHS has classroom poetry slams followed by a school slam. There is also normally a local poet who comes in to show students a real life example of slam poetry. 10 students are picked to then move on to the district poetry slam.
Slam poetry is a good time to talk about things that people usually don’t feel like they can address or talk about. Take Kimberly Torres for example, she is writing and will be performing her own poem about suicide because she thinks that it’s something that people need to talk about but don’t feel like they can. However, poems don’t always have to be serious. Mrs. Pina, an English teacher at SJHS said that the students can write about what they’re passionate about. Students can write about whatever they want, whether they write about ground beef or death, as long as they’re passionate about it.
A lot of work is going into the poetry slam and students are doing their best to write the greatest poem they possibly can. Rehearsals and performances to friends and family are how the students are preparing for the big day.
The school poetry slam was last week. The district slam is this week! Wish everyone some luck!