Today I got to see Tyehimba Jess. It was so interesting on how he was able to make his sonnets be able to read any way you wanted, not only from top to bottom. He read his poems in a clockwise pattern, skipping every other line, and every way you could imagine and the poems still made sense. However, the best part was when he combined all of the poems together and had it in one long poem where you could read it any way you wanted. This showed how creative Tyehimba is and inspired me to think out the box next time I write.
A.J. Pine was quite interesting today. Her Captain America socks, random gifs, and references to her mug made what she was talking about so personal and it gave her character. She took me through her entire journey, starting with how she used to write, first lines from each of her books, and more. A.J. Pine taught me a lot about how diction is important and to find what works for you as a writer and not to give up with your writing. She was fun to listen to and watch.
Today's Writer Week performances were wonderful! I really enjoyed all the student's pieces, and I admired that many of them put an emphasis on how we need to be better as a society. Ellyce Wong's poem illustrated societies contradictory tendencies, and how they send many people into a frenzy. I believe this was important for her to bring this up because it is something we need to improve upon. I think after seeing her piece I realized we need to be fixated on one idea rather than having a variety which are contradictory and hypocritical. I liked how she brought it up in the form of a poem, because it conveyed a playful, lighthearted, but serious tone, and made it more entertaining to watch. I liked how the last speech addressed a huge issue in society today: Suicide. As a society I believe that we must work on fixing this issue immensely. The speaker made it clear that he did not want pity, rather that he wanted people to work on the situation. Put words into action was his message. I admire this because a lot of people say they will do things, but end up never doing so. This puts emphasis on the doing part, rather than the saying part All in all, today's performance's were well put together and taught me many important messages.
First period with A.J. Pine was more informational than others. Rather than telling us about her books, she told us how she started being an author and how difficult it can be. We were able to see how she worked hard from the bottom and through her continuous efforts, she was able to sell her writing.
I enjoyed going to eighth period, as some of the stories moved me. I thought the message about depression and anxiety could be very helpful to many different people, and the story about someone who had lost their close friend to suicide was very sad, but allowed me to know what loss feels like since I have never lost someone so close to me. I also enjoyed the pieces with funny bits thrown in to give you a laugh once in awhile.