Northdale students share their poetry in spoken word event

A stage. A mic. A voice.

NORTHDALESPOKEN5: Doris Barrow reads “Cirqu de Morgue.” Photo by Kelly Johnson
NORTHDALESPOKEN5: Doris Barrow reads “Cirqu de Morgue.” Photo by Kelly Johnson

That’s all that was needed for the second annual spoken word event at Northdale Middle School April 12.

Students in the school’s Spoken Word Club shared their talents with fellow students, family members and others in the audience.

The result was a moving showcase of poetry penned and read by the students.

Dressed in black and white, with accents of red, the students took the stage in the glow of a single spotlight, reciting poetry about what makes them unique, the mean things others say, what makes them strong or what they see when they look at their reflection.

The Spoken Word Club has been meeting Thursdays after school since Jan. 12.

According to Holly Clark, seventh-grade integrated language arts department leader, the group provides a safe social setting for students to explore ideas and themes through their writing in a positive, encouraging environment.

Gary Dop, a national poetry slam winner, teacher of writing, published poet and professional script-writer, worked with the students on their writing and performing for three sessions.

Members of the Spoken Word Club, the majority of which are eighth-graders, include:

Mackenzie Allen, Doris Barrow, Abby Bergeron, Vishal Birkebak, Allison Birr, Angela Birr, Dani DeLosRios, Selma Demirovich, Tea Jackson-Strong, Brandon Lefaive, Dave Leon, Zakiya Robertson, Jessica Sherlock, Emma Symanski, Lyric Thompsen, Anne Tran, Bryant Viegut, Taelynn Wade, Teaona Wade, Krista Wathanaphone and Marissa York.

Crew members involved in the April 12 performances include: Alyssa Schultz, Griffin Gartner and Alex Rollins.

Clark and fellow teacher Pam Zimba supervised the Spoken Word Club. Shaun Felegy provided technical support for the performances.

Kelly Johnson is at [email protected]