A MESSAGE FROM CHASITY HALE
Thoughts on poetry - Jazmin Pavon / August 03, 2016
If you participated in the Teen Poetry Workshop led by Chasity Hale, then chances are you noticed me hanging around. I commend each and every one of you that used the opportunity to express your concerns and strengthen your voice.
Poetry is such a beautiful and powerful form of writing. It's personally my genre of choice. I highly encourage each of you to delve into writing poetry even if you don't think it's something that you'll want to do forever.
I began writing poetry in middle school. At the time, I faced stressful circumstances and began to fill with fearful thoughts and hatred. Poetry allowed me to positively release my emotions and has shaped me into the person that I am today. I have since then stopped writing poetry as often but continue to appreciate it as an art.
I created this blog for your portal so that you can share your poetry with each other. On the sidebar, you will notice a button that says 'CONTACT US.' You can use the form to share poetry you have written, read recently, or even ask questions. The CARES team will attempt to answer any questions you may have to the best of our ability. You can even message us anonymously if you wish!
Have a great day, Teen Poets.
Last October, when I was appointed as the 2015 Southeastern National Student Poet and told to carry out a service project promoting poetry in my region, I immediately knew I wanted to talk about identity. As the months passed and I paired up with organizations and made plans for the workshops, my vision became clearer. I found the reading materials I wanted to share, the games and the talking points that I would cover. However, from my workshops I’ve learned that the dynamic of every classroom is different and sometimes, you’ve got to shift your plans. I also learned that the questions you intend to answer can pave the way to other, sometimes more pressing questions. Going into my workshops with Girl Power’s STEAM program, I had intended to answer the question: who are we as individuals? But from working with girls, I learned that to answer that question, first we had to figure out who we were as a community and how our experiences both personal and universal factor into our individual and collective identities. It was an eye-opening experience for me getting the opportunity to hear what’s important to young Miamian poets and using poetry as the tool for those conversations was an incredibly invaluable experience.
Continue to explore poetry as a medium to convey your ideas by visiting the following websites. Remember, you have a voice that deserves to be heard!
To all the girls I worked with this summer, you have so much strength and knowledge with which you can better the world. If you enjoyed writing poetry this summer, keep going and don’t ever stop!
- Chasity Hale