A written experience


Alek Wolfe, Asst. Editor

Although poetry may be a dying art-form, everybody has a “poetic” story to tell.

Young writers from Vergennes, Montpelier, Bellows Free Academy St. Albans, and Rock Point School had poetry brought to life in a small gathering.

BFA students from Larissa Hebert’s American Literature class, and from Nate Archambault’s Creative Writing class were among those attending with their teachers.

On Sept. 14, 2017 students from all of these schools gathered at the Bishop Booth Center in Burlington, VT for a workshop with several guest speakers.

These speakers included skillful poet Tim Seibles. Seibles, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has been mastering his craft of poetry since he was a child.

“When it was raining outside, my mother told me to go and write a story. That was my first encouragement to write,” Seibles said.

Seibles found his love for poetry writing during college at the age of 19.

“You’re trying to wake yourself up and pay closer attention to what’s around you and what’s inside you,” Seibles said.

Seibles has written many poems. One of these poems that students worked with in the workshops was titled “Lobster for Sale.”

The workshop was focused on personification.

“Every so often you go into a store and there will be a tank with lobsters. I was staring at a tank one day and I thought, what would a lobster in such a situation think about,” Seibles said.

The lessons learned will be taken from the event and used in future writing by the participants.

Rajnii Eddins returned as a presenting poet from the event last year. He also visited BFA last year to deliver a workshop with students.

“So many gifts arrived as a result of connecting with Share Your Heart, Share the World.  It opened a lot of doorways for me to share my craft and to be inspired by the folks at BFA,” Eddins said.

Stella Kahn, a senior from Montpelier, was one of the students in attendance at the event this year.

“I love the power that writing has to connect us and the power that it has to build community and build connections and friendship,” Kahn said.

Kahn never thought of herself as a poet, but she hopes to master her craft in the future.

“I would love to take away new confidence in my ability to write.  I haven’t written a whole lot before this event,” Kahn said.

Abigayle Domingue, a sophomore, was one of the BFA students who was in attendance at the workshop.

“I think it definitely will become an outlet for me if I ever need to express what I’m feeling or if I went through something throughout the day. I think it’s just an outlet to write that all down and get it out of my head,” Domingue said.

For people interested in going to this event in the future, Domingue has some words of advice.

“I would say just go out and try something new. Even if they know they don’t enjoy writing, the inspiration from these poets and the powerful words that they speak will help them gain something from it,” Domingue said.

Seibles love of poetry and willingness to share has positively affected some young minds today, in a world where poetry is often considered “archaic.”