Poetry coincides with rap

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 22, 2007

Though they might not know it, aspiring rappers utilize many of the techniques used to produce lyrical poetry. As they hone their skills in their art many produce lyrics that, when removed from the music, could stand alone as verse.

The Express Your Mind Poetry Slam is looking for members of youth that form rap lyrics in this poetry driven way and aspiring poets looking to hone their skills to participate in its second workshop and poetry slam. The program, an event provided through the Black Belt Action Commission’s Cultural and Youth Committee, looks to grow young minds in the arts and provide an outlet for their work.

Browne said the program is in its second run, after the first program in 2005 was a resounding success. He said the first run hosted students from schools in Greene and Sumter counties, but this time he would like to have students from Hale, Greene, Marengo, Pickens and Sumter County.

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Browne said students, from grades seven through 12, that attend the program would take part in a three-day workshop, May 1-3, culminating with a poetry reading and performance contest on the last day &045; with the first, second and third place winners taking home cash prizes. He said the role he and his wife will play in the workshop would consist of asking students questions that might stimulate their creativity.

Browne said all participants of the workshop would have their work published in a book titled &8220;Bust a Rhyme Express Your Mind,&8221; which will be distributed throughout the Black Belt region. He said he hopes the program will increase art awareness in the region.

Thomas Moore, who is on the Culture and Youth Committee, said area students can pick up application forms for the program at the offices in their schools or by e-mailing him at thomassrmoore@bellsouth.net.