Performance poetry is usually the first unit of the year in the Creative Writing department. Last year, as a freshman with two weeks of workshopping summer work, I felt like I wasn’t ready for the unit ahead of me. Not that our performance poetry unit last year was unsatisfactory, quite the opposite. I’m sure I would have appreciated it more if I didn’t have the case of the freshmen nerves.
Our artist-in-residence, Preeti Vangani, has helped me look at poetry with less tribulation. Now, as a sophomore, many things have changed, I have chosen the elements of writing that I feel I am better at. I am becoming more confident in my work as the unit progresses. Poetry is still a form that I need the most work on. I am fine with this fact and still have two more years to work on improving my writing skills in general.
I was able to fully experience and participate more like a full member of Creative Writing during this unit. I have written a more promising peace for the show coming up in late October. I am looking forward to the show because I now have a piece I feel more confident and generally happy about and that I didn’t just choose this piece a few short hours before school. I’ve actually had some time to type up some of the prompts, that I had written throughout the week no matter what I had thought about them originally. This is a poem that I wrote for this year’s performance poetry unit:
You don’t like that word?
You like that word?
Burn in hell
I don’t care
Because I hate it
So, we’re gonna change it
And I mean NOW!
The world will immediately and without noise bend to my will.
No one and nothing will ever describe anything as unchangeable again
No more unchangeable ADHD
No more unchangeable slow processing
No more unchangeable other things
We knock the two letters “U” and “N” off a cliff
Never to be heard from again.
Let’s see what we have left.
You see, everything just becomes changeable.
Unsatisfied becomes satisfying
Uneven becomes even.
Unfortunate becomes fortunate
How does that sound.
I know and don’t care if its not grammarly correct.
That’s not the point.
What is the point one asks?
To change that mental mindset everyone carps about
No those words suck too
When one uses those words
They make me want to run away screaming
I know all of this
Small stupid rant
sounds too positive
So full of sunshine
So full of promise
So full of hope
So, I assure you
It will never happen
The two letters are
way too important to the English language.
But that doesn’t mean I can’t hope.
-Otto Handler, Class of 2022