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.