We didn’t expect the poem about Dungeons and Dragons
Our event at Penn Valley Community College last year was one of our most exciting. We met in the cafeteria, and had to contend with quite a lot of noise. Despite this challenge, our feature poet Sara “Miss Conception” Glass got the crowd rocking and more and more people kept dropping in to join with her hip hop beats. We had quite a long 0pen mic list, and several people kept trying to work up the courage to add themselves to our list as the event went on, so our event went a little longer than planned and people stayed even when they were getting a little late for class.
Andrew Holland: poem about Dungeons and Dragons to get through adversity.
One of the most exciting parts about our program was our surprise winner, Andrew Holland, who talked about what he did to get through adversity, with his poem about Dungeons and Dragons. His poem is shown below. At the end of the event, he came up to get his prize and said, “You know, I just made that poem up during the feature. Are you sure I won?” But the crowd had loved his poem, they were talking and cheering and clapping as soon as they got the gist of his story.
One of the essays afterwards said,
“I really enjoyed the reading on Wednesday. Not only was the poetry thought provoking, but the sense of comradarie really helped to foster a familiair and safe atmosphere. I appreciate the opportunity to take part in a creative but safe forum. More events like this would be great. Maybe a book club, or recommended reading groups with guest speakers would be something I’d be interested in. Once again, I really appreciated the environment created by the open mic on Wednesday. I’d love to attend more events similar to this format.”
People were surprised by many elements of the event, pointing out:
- What people actually struggle with
- The unspoken truth
- How people think
- The content of the material
- How creative and excellent Penn Valley can be
- Hidden talent X 2
- It was just fun
- How deep poetry can get into someone
- How open people were
- Shy people can be outgoing