September 30, 2004

Slam 2

Too many interpretations, too little time! The afternoon went fast and furious. One thing I was frustrated with was trying to scribble notes on the evaluation forms and pay attention at the same time. It moved too fast to really absorb much. You can't write and really see what the speaker is doing at the same time. Also, way too many poems to keep track of. I can't possibly remember all them to comment but here's a few that stuck with me this morning.

Stephen did a great job with Dickinson's "Hope is the thing with Feathers". I loved how he started reciting as he was walking to the front of the class and how at the end he scooped up an imaginary crumb.

Seann has great dramatic flair, her measured and expressive voice were a pleasure and her emphasis on the phrase "I'm glad" in line 20 of Dickinson's "Going to Heaven" made me sit me up!

Shanna obviously put a lot of planning and thought into her interpretation of Dickinson's "How Happy is the Little Stone" and "I Heard a Fly Buzz". She used a lot of props and movement, use of the stone she brought in was a nice visual and engaged me.

Paul looked like he was relaxed and enjoying himself while reading "The Haunted Palace".! Loved the hat and the sense of humor accompanying it! Smooth delivery and great articulation.

Cudos to Hui Lin for his delivery of Dickinson's "What if I say I shall not Wait?"
He was perfectly understandable and his pacing was careful and measured. He knew the vocabulary too. To truly appreciate this effort try to imagine yourself delivery a poem from his culture in his language!

All the performances were a pleasure to watch and hear, I don't have room for them all. We can all appreciate how nervewracking it can be! Now to go back and read through them all again... that's going to take some time.

Posted by LindaFondrk at September 30, 2004 10:58 AM

I'll second that, Linda -- it is hard to listen and write! Next time I'm going to be more rigid about dividing the class up evenly.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at September 30, 2004 04:14 PM
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