This is the second video I did for Journalism. I helped photog and write.
“I let it motivate me, the fire beneath my wings, the very thing that keeps me in the night, it gives me the will to do something with my life,” said junior slam poet Iesha Chamness.
Poetry is one of the many outlets people use to express feelings using their own unique rhythm and style. There are two different types of poetry clubs at Wai`anae High School. Poetry and Slam poetry. Slam poetry is meant to be read aloud, and told to an audience by the author using a rhythmic beat to emphasize parts of the poem and express their emotions, while traditional poetry is usually meant to be read by other readers and brings out personal feelings. It was said that Slam poetry is a “Specific” type of poetry and that poetry could take “Eight hours or a couple days to read” by Searider Productions Academy English teacher and Slam poetry coach Sean Nagamatsu.
The differences in the two clubs allow students to choose which club is best for them to express themselves. The students who would rather read their poetry in front of an audience choose the slam poetry club. On the other hand, students who rather write and have someone read it over, usually join the poetry club.
“I chose to do poetry because, well actually, at first I didn’t. I was like no I can’t write poetry but as I got into it, you know, it doesn’t really matter if you can or not, it matters what you bring,” senior poetry club president Nicole Fountain said.
Students bring to the table many things and they also benefit from it in certain ways.
“The benefit I get is especially in expository writing, it helps to expand your creativity in ways of putting words, being able to write in the correct way and get your point across,” junior Iesha Chamness said.
Both clubs at Wai`anae High School have plans of doing writing and speaking workshops to improve themselves so that in the future they can do competitions.
Slam poetry students meet to prepare for these competitions during second lunch every Wednesday in C102, and poetry students meet at their club advisor, Mae Oshiro’s room during lunch on Mondays in A104. “Strong feelings I try to hide, but i’m also unable to hold inside, afraid of what might happen if i let it out, so I keep it tucked away hidden in my doubt,” Chamness said.
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