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Teens Turn To Poetry In Record Numbers

On Friday, November 22, Community Advocacy Coalition’s (CAC) Positive Circle Committee hosted its second poetry slam fundraiser at Tomas Café located at 622 South ‘A’ Street, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The all age event featured a diverse line-up of talented poets and spoken word artists from the community, amid a growing consensus that poetry is cool. From rap-style onslaughts to love poetry, it is being brought into the mainstream as never before.

In addition to poetry, the fundraiser also included face painting for kids and live art featuring artists from Save The Art Culture (STAC). Dinner and refreshments were provided as well as a number of raffle prizes donated from local businesses.

Judith Palmer, chair of the Poetry Society, said young poets shared their ability to “confound all the usual stereotypes about teen introspection” and can “think their way imaginatively into other lives.” Describing the poetry of the new generation as “grounded and humane,” she added that many of the winning poems deal with bereavement and loss with “striking maturity”.

Community Advocacy Coalition is a social justice organization dedicated to improving the economic, educational, legal, health and social well-being of the African American community. They achieve this through issue-based advocacy, leadership development, cross cultural collaboration, and by serving as a core entity, providing information and myriad resources to underserved populations throughout the region. The body performs these responsibilities with a focus on and for the ultimate benefit of engaging emerging generations.

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