Slamming the Poetry Showcase

Hosting the Poetry Slam, senior Derrion Williams starts the show as the opening act. Williams also danced and performed again later in the show. “I chose ‘Lose You’ by Drake because of the weight of the message embedded in the verses,” Williams said. “I feel like the authenticity connected with me the most.” Photo Credits: Ryah Williams

Hosting the Poetry Slam, senior Derrion Williams starts the show as the opening act. Williams also danced and performed again later in the show. “I chose ‘Lose You’ by Drake because of the weight of the message embedded in the verses,” Williams said. “I feel like the authenticity connected with me the most.” Photo Credits: Ryah Williams

by Ryah Williams

Ruskin High School kicked off the Poetry Jam on Dec. 15, 2017. The Poetry Jam was full of talent from dancing and singing to poems that lifted the soul.

Senior Derrion Williams not only participated in this event once but four times. Williams contributed to many parts. He was the opening act, a host, part of two dance performances and lastly a poem.

“Hosting was the most uncomfortable and dancing was one of those memorable moments,” Williams said. “Opening the show was also fun but I was nervous,”

Students came with different perspectives pertaining to relationships, family, aspects, and love.

“The poetry jam was really fun, it was crazy to go see other people who have the same mindsets but come from deeper places, some being deeper than mine,” senior Rashad Fuquay said.

The show gave students the opportunity to express their feelings and experience through talent.

“I believe when Derrion Williams did his first act when he opened the show, that was my favorite part because I got to see him flourish as an artist,” senior Lena Jackson said. “Being apart of it I’m able to express myself, I have a lot of things going on around at this time so being able to show it through dance helped a lot.”

Some students have had experience in performing, so this wasn’t new to them. It was new to the many students that witnessed the showcase of their talents.

“The jam was just another performance to me, my experience in performing led me not to be nervous so I went to the gym with one mindset and that was put on a show for myself,”  sophomore James Evans said.  “I performed for me and if I’m satisfied with my performance then I know others are.”

View many of the Poetry performances below: