Pine-Richland High School hosts Poetry Jam

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 | 3:26 PM


Pine-Richland High School hosted the annual Poetry Jam. Students from across the English department recite, sing, or even shout their poems, some written by a poet or, for the more brave, themselves.

“Whether students presented a dark and gloomy poem, upbeat song lyrics, or even a comedic poem about the voracious appetite of a polar bear invading a fridge, there’s room for every type of student and any type of poem,” said Rampage student newspaper writer and senior Ben Luiken.

He said the jam focuses on the question, “What is Poetry?”

“Students’ definitions, some more insightful than others, played on a slideshow on projectors, while Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds” serenaded the audience between poems and at the beginning while the audience filled in the room,” he said.

The event took place during two class periods in the STEAM LGI with a full audience of students and teachers.

This year was PR’s fifth annual Poetry Jam, and featured nine different students including senior Alec Swartout, juniors Charleigh Hirschoff and Grace Johnson, and sophomores Ximena Gonzalez, Sarah Heckman, and Jay Fowler.

“If you love poetry, be sure to come to next year’s celebration of all things poetry,” Ben said.