Poetry Slams

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More than a dozen poets and poetry lovers participated online May 5 in the first Virtual Poetry Slam hosted by Warren Hills Regional High School’s Horizons Program. Every year, the Poetry Slam is held in the high school’s Elizabeth Ames Library in May and is a chance for students and staff to share poetry with one another. Since school was closed due to COVID-19, Horizons Director and Librarian Margaret Devine hosted the Poetry Slam virtually. Students and staff video recorded themselves reading poems and sent them to Devine, who then put them together in a video and shared it with the school. “I’m so glad that so many came together during this difficult time to rise above what we are all facing, and to take time to celebrate the spoken and written words of poetry,” Devine said. “Writing, like any art form, can help anyone process and make meaning of difficult times. I am glad to have provided a space for our students and staff to use their writing and voices to move forward.” (Photo collage courtesy of Ms. Margaret Devine)

Stephanie Dunlap, Staff Reporter