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The main focus of my Kaboom Poetry show is to give students and teachers a wide variety of poems so they can experience the depth and scope of poetry. I've memorized dozens of poems that I can act out, sometimes using audience volunteers, sometimes reciting the poem with dramatic flair, and sometimes teaching the audience various gestures or responses to the words in the poem. We have a lot of fun while learning about poetry at the same time. I've also learned anecdotes, historical facts and details about the poets' lives, so I try to include some these details into the show. My hope is that as students and teachers are entertained, they also recognize the history of poetry, its cultural connections, and its emotional value in our lives. I share poems from a wide variety of traditions -- from William Shakespeare to Pablo Neruda to Langston Hughes and perhaps lesser known but excellent poets such as Jimmy Santiago Baca, Eve Merriam and Eleanor Farjean.
Michael Beadle is an award-winning poet, author and teaching artist with a passion for language, writing and literature. He's taught creative writing workshops since 1999. His focus in teaching is to encourage, inspire and challenge writers to express themselves so they become more confident with writing and be lifelong learners and creative problem solvers. In addition to a 15 year-career as a journalist, he's published 5 poetry books, a poetry CD, and three photographic history books on Haywood County (NC). In 2012, he was selected as a poet-in-residence at the NC Zoo. For the past several years he's been an emcee for the NC Poetry Out Loud state finals and served as statewide coordinator of student poetry contests for the NC Poetry Society.