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Poetry can be a tough sell for today’s youth

It’s been said that poetry is the heartbeat of the human soul, and a valuable tool for self-expression.

Brac Autumn Fest organisers planned a teen poetry workshop Saturday (15 October) at the Brac public library, but no teen poets showed up.

Dr. Christopher Williams, a UCCI professor who grew up on the Brac admits it can be challenging at first to get younger people into poetry.

“This gangsta rap that you guys love so much, it’s very poetic,” said Dr. Williams. “Listen to what these guys are saying and you like what they are saying, they have some really dope rhymes as they say, right? If you can kind of make that connection and sort of popularise – that’s the word I’m looking for – popularise poetry, then I’m certain more folks will actually buy into it.”

He said many poets, young and old, find the self-expression therapeutic.


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Joseph Avary

Joseph Avary

Joe Avary joined the Cayman 27 team in January 2014, bringing nearly two decades of experience in TV news to the islands. He spends his time away from the office scuba diving, practicing yoga, and trying to make his friends laugh at his comedic stylings. He proudly calls the district of West Bay home, and loves nothing more than relaxing visits to the Sister Islands.

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