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Getting started in poetry

Getting started in poetry

Ivy Marie Clarke, Lead Arts & Entertainment Writer

April 16, 2020

To get you started, here are some poets I recommend looking into, categorized by style and subject.

Mercer Artist: Poet Kate Lemon is writing about you

Kate Lemon started writing poetry in November of 2018.

Serena Golden, Photography Editor

November 6, 2019

Kate Lemon wasn’t a poet until her freshman year of college. She started writing at the request of late Mercer professor and Guggenheim Fellow Anya Silver after turning in an essay for her introductory poetry class.

Mercer Artist: New professor named Poet Laureate of Georgia

Chelsea Rathburn poses beside the Groover building.

Jules Tollett, Lead Arts & Entertainment Writer

October 13, 2019

“You hear a lot of no’s,” Rathburn said. “It’s kind of like talking into the void … does my voice matter?”  Rathburn found that her voice does matter.

Ampersand Guild: A Home for Local Artists

The Monthly Poetry and Spoken Word event occurs once a month at Ampersand Guild on Cherry Street.

Mahima Sultan

January 29, 2019

Cherry Street is home to the new and improved Ampersand Guild that hosts a poetry and spoken word event every second Friday of the month. When Winsphere Jones, a playwright and two-time published author moved back to his hometown of Macon, he was immediately drawn to Ampersand Guild. “It’s th...

Point B.L.A.N.K. to take on national competition in April

Micheline Dieujuste-Antoine working on a poem in preparation for CUPSI (College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational).

Elliot James, Staff Writer

March 17, 2016

When you think of poetry slams and spoken word, your brain may jump to images of multi-syllabic contortions in dark, hazy rooms. You may think of semi-ironic nodding and snapping. Bongos may come to mind. When spoken word becomes a competition, the rules change completely. The Mercer University s...

Point B.L.A.N.K hits the mark

Point B.L.A.N.K hits the mark

Nicholas Wooten, Staff Writer

April 18, 2015

In their first year as a student organization, Point B.L.A.N.K made an inspiring Cinderella run. The group, Mercer’s spoken word coalition, made it to the semi-finals of the 15th annual College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI). Virgenal Owens, a 5th year senior getting his masters in biom...

Students slam at Poetry Jam

Students slam at Poetry Jam

Olivia Brayan

October 5, 2011

Thursday, September 29 marked Quadworks’ first Poetry Jam, hosted by Jittery Joe’s. Several Mercer students read, and members of the Dulcimer staff were present to distribute past editions of the literary and arts magazine. The sweet smell of coffee filled the air as I slipped into Jittery Joe’s. I ...

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