The overall theme of my program of poetry is about choosing your own path(s) in life and creating ownership of the decisions you make. It is very much so a coming of age story.

After rehearsing and listening to my poetry program, what I wanted the audience to walk away with really developed from what was a very ambiguous but cloudy idea. I hope the audience has a sense of inspiration and enlightenment. Specifically I hope they feel more inclined to follow their own ideas and opinions instead of anyone else’s. I’m anticipated that will happen to an extent however the irony of the theme with what I want the audience to feel may contradict each. If done right I don’t think it will. Secondly, as with every performance I do both in and out of class I wish for the audience to feel a personal connection to me, even if only for a second and in a subtle manner. That’s enough to feel I accomplished “something”.

The general language of the text/performance is meant to come across as very natural and intimate. I find this particularly important for it’s most certainly and introspective piece and one that relates to the human condition. If done in any other fashion I feel the message and the reach for connection would be lost, or at least diluted.

Allusions were not a focal point within my poetry program, however, metaphors held major importance. When I simply mentioned the titles of the poems I chose to cut and fragment from they scream metaphor and symbolism. Roads, Acquainted, Night, Silence all drew intense imagery of my life and the paths or roads that I’ve taken (and not taken). Although this may or may not have given me a better sense of understanding of the texts, it most certainly gave me a different understanding; one that I would not have necessarily expected prior to this assignment.

I used two outstanding sensory images, auditory and visual. “My father used to say,” and the repetition of “roads” is meant to develop two crucial aspects of the program.

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