October 05, 2004

Reflection of Poetry Cover Slam#1

The two poems that I chose to recite are both by Emily Dickinson and are titled How happy is the little stone…and I heard a fly buzz when I died. Yes, I was very nervous to present in front of the class; however, when I got up there and started to recite the poems, I tried to forget about the class. I actually forced myself to imagine that I was Emily Dickinson or some other character. I know that I have the potential to get overly nervous and can ruin a presentation. When I finished, I felt good about my presentation; however, I was already critiquing myself on what I could do better.

The feedback from my classmates proved to be what I had expected. Mostly everyone commented on the prop that I brought for How happy is the little stone, and how I acted out the poems, which really helped the class understand meaning of the poems. One comment that really made me consider my interests in jobs is, “Shanna, are you secretly an actress”. My classmates also acknowledged my added emotion, facial expression, voice change and involvement with the class during the poems.

As for the encouragement of correcting mistakes from the two poems, many classmates mentioned how my pauses seemed too long at times. I know that when I began critiquing myself immediately after the poems, pausing for what seemed a length of time, could have been shortened.

Like everyone else who had to recite their poems, I was extremely nervous, but I can truly say that I had a great time with this assignment. I really enjoyed putting on a show, and watching classmates do the same. I would like to see more of poems being recited from two different approaches as Mr. Jerz portrayed in his demonstration.

Posted by ShannaDeFrances at October 5, 2004 12:07 PM


I was anxiously waiting for your reflection of your poem, because there are so many things I want to praise you for!! You did a wonderful job in presenting your poem. So much feeling, so much movement, and so much emotions displaying. By adding a rock as the central object, was a clever idea. I can't wait until the next poetry slam, to see your next presentation.


Posted by: Nabila Uddin at October 5, 2004 01:01 PM

Shanna, I was considering making multiple interpretations an option for the 2nd Slam...

Thanks for your reflection.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at October 5, 2004 02:43 PM


Make sure you check out Nabila's, Linda's, and my blogs, we all applauded your performance. (I would like them, but I am not sure how in the posts.) I think that the poetry slam was a lot easier than we expected it to be and was a more relaxed, less tense environment than what we had prepared for. In either case, it was very successful. Do you think it helped to learn more about your classmates and some of the interests they have? Looking at the poems some chose and why they chose them, certainly offers more insight into people's minds. I know you work in art therapy, have you ever considered performing art therapy? I found a useful web address if that is something you might be interested in, http://www.thegenesisfund.org/tpa.htm. By the way, I am the one who asked if you were secretly an actress; I think you are really talented, especially with verbal expression. Take it easy, Shanna.

Posted by: Katie Aikins at October 5, 2004 03:00 PM


Thank You for stating that you liked some of the techniques that I have used in my poetry presentation. :)


Posted by: Nabila Uddin at October 6, 2004 04:24 PM
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