As time goes on, poetry evolves. Structured stanzas and rhyming have become just two of the many optional characteristics of poetry.
Poets roam our campus with words formed from their soul to describe the life they live and the perspective they have in this world.
Second-year English literature student, Cheyenne Lateah Peat-Davis along with third-year English literature student Catherine Vazquez are two of the many poets that attend our school.
“Poetry puts hope into words,” Peat-Davis said. “Knowing that there’s someone out there that has been through similar things or sees things how you see them is the little light that some people need.”
Peat-Davis is 19 years old and has had an interest in poetry since the 8th grade but it wasn’t until high school when she really immersed herself into the art form.
She shared her poetry with a tutor she had freshman year who gave her a poetry journal which inspired her to start writing more.
The poetry she writes is shared on Instagram as a platform to reach others.
Sharing her poetry is something she values because she hopes it will spark something in someone or help someone in some way.
“I also feel like putting my poetry out there is one way for people to really know me,” Peat-Davis said.
Not only is writing therapeutic for this young poet but she desires to be a writer that focuses on poetry.
A future goal alongside of that is to be able to truly help people by working in foundations anyway she can.
“Who I Want to Be” is the title of the featured piece written by Peat-Davis. It was written in one sitting back in October and revised about two weeks after that.
“It was just something I felt in that moment of reflection and I felt the need to write it,” Peat-Davis said.
“Yellow” is the title for the second featured poem by 20-year-old Vazquez. It was written in the summer of 2016 and took about three months to really get it perfect for the poet.
The poem was set to be about someone very important to Vazquez but became a very personal piece for herself.
It is a positive reminder of how she felt during that time and she looks back at it when she needs that reminder.
Vazquez has always carried a journal by her side since she was a young child.
Like Peat-Davis, high school was the real catalyst for when Vazquez dove headfirst into poetry.
“Poetry is an outlet to express how I feel,” Vazquez said. “It’s a way to get other people to get to know me in a creative way.”
She is inspired mostly by an anonymous poet on Twitter who posts poems that are very relatable.
Vazquez talks about the benefits of different social media platforms to promote poetry allowing discovery and connections with new poets and poems everywhere.
Reading other works of poetry inspires her to become a better writer. It also helps increase her creativity.
Vazquez has a style that is prominent in today’s poetry culture, which is more direct.
“I don’t really want people to find it confusing,” Vazquez said. “I still want people to interpret it in their own way but I want to make sure what I am saying is clear.”
Both these young poets have a passion that oozed out as they talked about poetry.
They understand poetry in a deeper meaning and as an art.
They aspire to go places with their work and share it to help and heal many people out there.
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