ANOTHER WAY OF SIMPLE EXPRESSION/SHELBY WILLIAMS

ACCORDING TO DICTIONARY.COM, POETRY IS THE ART OF RHYTHMICAL COMPOSITION, WRITTEN OR SPOKEN, FOR EXCITING PLEASURE BY BEAUTIFUL, IMAGINATIVE, OR ELEVATED THOUGHTS. I AGREE WITH THIS DEFINITION BECAUSE, SPOKEN WORD IS A WAY FOR YOUNG ADULTS OF THIS GENERATION TO GET THEIR VOICES HEARD AND NOT TO BE JUDGED. LYRICALLLY AND EMOTIONALLY THEY ARE ABLE TO SPEAK THEIR MINDS AND WILL BE RESPECTED FOR PUTTING THEIR OPINIONS AND THEIR THOUGHTS OUT FOR OTHERS TO HEAR AND THINK ABOUT. AS A YOUNG AFRICAN AMERICAN, PERFORMING POETRY IS A WAY FOR ME TO SAY WHAT I FEEL IN FRONT OF PEOPLE WHO ARE OPEN-MINDED. WHEN I AM ON STAGE NO MATTER HOW LARGE IT IS I FEEL LIKE PEOPLE ARE INTERESTED IN WHAT I SAY, WHAT I THINK, WHAT I FEEL AND MY OPINION MATTERS AND THAT IS TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT. WHEN I STAND IN FRONT OF THE MIC, IT SEEMS THAT MY ENTIRE PERSONALITY CHANGES. I FOCUS JUST ON THE PERFORMANCE AND NOTHING ELSE IS GOING ON IN MY MIND. THE TONE OF MY VOICE CHANGES BASED ON THE WORDING, I INCLUDE A LOT OF HAND MOVEMENTS, AND FACE GESTURES CHANGES IN ORDER TO DRAW PEOPLE INTO MY POEM. AFTER THE PERFORMANCE, IT’S FUN TO HEAR THE AUDIENCE REACTIONS ON THIER LIKES AND DISLIKES OF MY PERFORMANCE. HONESTLY WHEN YOU ARE UP ON STAGE AND THE SPOT LIGHT IS SHINING ON ME, IT’S HARD TO THINK ABOUT THE AUDIENCE REACTIONS BECAUSE MY MAIN FOCUSE IS ON THE PERFORMANCE AND MAKING SURE THAT I STUMPLE OVER MY OWN WORDS.THESE ARE SOME OF THE THINGS THAT I WILL BE COCENTRATING ON FRIDAY AUGUST 22, 2008, WHEN I’LL BE PERFORMING IN FRONT OF YOUNG POETS AND YOUNG PRODUCERS THAT WILL ALL BE SHARING THEIR TALENTS AMOGNST EACH OTHER.

FOR YOUTH RADIO I’M SHELBY WILLIAMS, TO HEAR THIS COMMENTARY AND MORE VISIT WWW.YOUTHRADIO.ORG

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