Hopefully you are enjoying the insights our first resident of the week has been sharing. Thadra's last installment will come out tomorrow, but while you are waiting, learn some more about where you can continue following her after this week and check out her video from when shoe was on HBO's Def Poetry Jam!
Note from Word Sprout. We are pleased to announce a new blog series: Resident of the Week. Each week there will be a storyteller or poet Resident that is writing some guest blogs for us. Everybody has been tasked with the same three challenges:
A: Why I Am: An entry on why they do this. How did they get here? Why do they slam or not? Why they do the things they do.
B: Tricks of the Trade.
C: Check this out!
This is Thadra's 2nd Blog with us!
As I mentioned in my last article, I have done a lot of teaching. This has taken many forms and spanned many ages and abilities. My specialty is performance. I have a theater degree. I like to perform, like the eye contact and the milking of the pregnant pause. You have an instrument up there on stage that a lot of poets neglect. Many feel that their words are enough, but this is definitely not the case. If you want me to merely glory in the brilliance of your written word, then hand me a piece of paper and let me read it myself. If you're on a microphone in front of me, you are presenting your words, and it would do you a great deal of good to use the opportunity to your advantage.
So where to start? I goes we start with body language. People are animals. They read each other without saying a word. We can't help it. So the way you carry yourself and the way you move while you are on stage will be interpreted right along with what you actually say. If you get up there all slump shouldered and looking at your feet, if you fidget and shuffle nervously while you read, we will see that you are not a confident person and not really believe that you believe what you are saying. Right off the bat, you want the audience to get the message, "get a load of me!" Get up there with confidence. Stand up straight. Throw back your shoulders. Look us dead in the eye fearlessly. Then we will believe in your conviction. We will think you know what you're talking about, and we will listen.
Word Sprout Note: Thanks Thadra for being our first Word Sprout Blog Resident. Each week we will be featuring new content from storytellers and poets. We hope you enjoy it! Thadra will share three pieces this week. Each Resident will focus on three things: How I Got Here, Lessons About My Craft, and Things I'm Excited About. This is the first in the series. It's rich in Twin Cities Poetry Slam history. Thadra has been on a number of National Slam Teams, has coached the Berkeley National Team, and lots of other awesome stuff. Now handing it over to Thadra...
I have been writing poetry since I was a small child. Does every poet say that? Well it's true. My family would drive up to the city every weekend to visit my great grandmother. The grownups would sit in the kitchen playing cards, and my brother and I would be left to play in the living room. There was a cabinet full of toys for us, but I spent a great deal of the time writing little poems. They usually rhymed, if I remember correctly. I didn't save any of them, except for the one I wrote to my great grandmother when her husband and son died in the same year. I was around eight at the time, and I wrote her a sympathetic poem, which became quite famous in my family, if I do say so myself. There is still a framed copy of it on a wall at my mother's house. I will not reproduce this masterpiece here, but I will say that it started with the line, "The ones that you loved the best have all gone to silent rest."
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