SLAM. POETRY. SLAM. FUN. EXPRESSION. CREATIVITY. HIGH SCHOOL. Wait? Did you just say high school?
Indeed I did oh silly blog readers. A couple weeks ago, (sorry for the belated blog post) I was performing at The Gleneagle All Star Slam Night. Which as you guests talented blog readers, is situated inside Gleneagle Secondary which right again- is a high school.
Skeptical at first I was proven wrong- high schools can indeed foster growth and community. Black table cloths, round tables, coffee, lights, a stage and four of us poets split the stage in quarters spewing poems for teenagers that were accepting, kind and full of praise.
I was so well received I even felt the urge to try out some of my stand up lines I’ve been keeping in an invisible ink notebook in the back of my metaphorical closet. And the event was so great I wonder if these people even go to a high school.
We had three rounds of poetry each three minutes long I did my three favourite pieces (at the time) Strands, Harvest Moon and 100%. And I got to listen to my fellow poets, Coral, Andrew and Everett share their own works.
Afterwords I actually made some $$$ selling my little poetry books.
Now, I think we will be doing a little high school touring session as my next fun thing. Starting at Andrew’s old high school and going to mine- “poetry, did you say basketball?”