Berea English Professor, Students Offer Interactive Poetry Event at Kentucky Artisan Center

Above the Eastern Treetops Blue
Above the Eastern Treetops Blue

Berea College English professor Libby Jones is always looking for innovative teaching ideas and techniques. She found one such method in The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, edited by Kristin Camitta Zimet. Jones and her poetry students will be using this interactive technique to write haiku poems for visitors on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.

In this poetry exercise, students come up with a list of five questions, (such as, what lost thing do you miss the most? What is your earliest memory?) They then go out into the community and interface with people at various public locations. Students sit at a table with a sign saying, “Free Poems!” When anyone stops to see what it is about – they ask the visitors if they would like a poem written about them. If a person says yes, then the student asks a few questions, writes a quick haiku on a card and gives it to the visitor. Poetry in action!

Berea College students participating with Jones in this interactive poetry event are: Jessica Y. Brown, a junior from Cincinnati, OH; Naomi Alix Burke, a junior from Pikeville; Chloe Forsting, a junior from Louisville; Jesse Fowler, a junior from Rutherford, N.C.; Zack Thomas, a sophomore from Summertown, TN; and Elle Wong, a senior from Lexington. Jones’ book of poetry, “Above the Eastern Treetops, Blue,” is available at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.

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