The Sound: Poetry on Campus
Poetry is defined s a orm of literature that uses aesthetic and rhythmic qualitie of language; spoken word is defined as an oral art that focuses on the aesthetics of word play, intonation and voice inflection. As of Nov. 5, Andrews University’s brand new poetry club The Sound has introduced poetry and spoken word to those unfamiliar with the art forms, hosting Andrews’ first ever poetry slam.
The poetry slam—entitled “Slam! By The Sound”—instilled those in attendance with suspense and wonder as each performer presented a different story with his or her poem or spoken word work. The event’s setting—the University Towers auditorium—was the perfect environment for performers to stir up the audience’s emotions. Thus, it was a thrilling experience for the audience as well as the performers.
Personally, a poetry slam was something I never experienced before. As I was one of the performers, I was very nervous, but the crowd, the atmosphere and the feeling of support gave me such a jump-start that I could not help but get excited! I practiced a lot, spending time with my partner, Anna Gayle (freshman, psychology), who performed a duet poem with me. We did not care if it was a competition or if it was just for fun; we just wanted to get a message across. Though they awarded a first, second and third place prize to performers, an abundance of performers felt appreciative for the opportunity to share, to tell their story. The first place prize was awarded to Sharyl Cubero (freshman, biology, pre-medicine) for her two poems, entitled “Remembering My Spanish” and “Is America Really That Great?”
The poetry slam’s slogan, “Stay Woke,” provided a gateway for the audience to experience the poem or spoken word performance with an open mind. This mood of acceptance helped lighten any pressure put on poets such as myself and kept the audience intrigued. Overall, I like what The Sound is doing to this campus—it’s something new, something refreshing, something we all should look forward to.
As an introduction to the poetry slam stated, “This is the Soul, This is the Heart, this is Poetry, this is The Sound.” I look forward to events The Sound will host in Andrews’ future, allowing students to express themselves creatively and in new ways.