Poetry in Massachusetts has what seems to be the early signs of becoming an “in” thing with teenagers. The evidence is anecdotal but specific poetry events for high school students are being enthusiastically received. Not only is the Student Day of Poetry, sponsored by Mass Poetry, growing in numbers and excitement each year, but so are other programs, such as Poetry Out Loud, sponsored locally by the Huntington Theater. Last year’s SDOP generated the enthusiasm of a pep rally as did a recent POL event at Groton-Dunstable Regional High School where friends were applauding and shouting from the audience to their poetry-reciting pals.
Sam Cha: featured at this year’s SDOP
The year’s SDOP, which will be held at UMass Boston on March 21, is set to continue the trend. (Teachers, register here to bring your classes.) This week we begin a series on the poets who will take their poems to the stage, stirring a passion in the lucky students who get to attend the event. One of those agents of enthusiasm is this week’s SDOP feature poet Sam Cha. [Read more...]