“Words are just the leafs of a bouquet & your mind blossoms roses.
We crumble & concave within the standards and often forget about standing.
We are an enclosed letter waiting to be ripped open and read.”
The poem above was written by junior Audrey Forbes, a slam poet. Her hobby of writing poetry started in the seventh grade, but her love for slam poetry started in her freshman year.
“I use it as an outlet. It allows me to express myself and my thoughts. I love the emotion and connection you feel while performing,” Forbes said.
She first performed her poetry in Ms. Jackie Stroup’s English 9 class. The assignment was to write and perform a slam poem about a certain topic. During this is when Forbes fell in love with performing her work.
“I was a mix of nauseously nervous and excited. It’s empowering. You get to communicate and share these emotions and stories with people, and it really creates a connection between the audience and performer,” Forbes said
After falling in love with slam poetry, Forbes has gone to Battle Born Slam, which hosts an open mic for slam poetry at the Learning Village in downtown Las Vegas, almost every Saturday. She is hoping to try out for Battle Born’s competitive team once the current season ends.
“I have only performed solos, but I’d love to do a group slam. Once I do a group slam I want to eventually join a team and compete with them,” Forbes said.[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/234714561″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]
Performing in front of a crowd can be nerve wracking; there are many things running through Forbes’ head as she is up on stage.
“The most embarrassing thing that’s happened to me is forgetting a line or drawing a blank. Usually people make noise by snapping or applauding to fill the silence, but it’s still embarrassing,” Forbes said.
Forbes tries to write every day. She has created a public blog to share her passion with others and remind herself to write frequently. However, keeping a blog is not enough to stop the writers block from settling in.
“It [writer’s block] can be extremely frustrating at times, when you have all these ideas jumbled up in your head but you still can’t even form one cohesive thought,” Forbes said.
Forbes primarily writes on love and trauma. She writes about the ugliness, the passion and the hurt of love. Her writing also focuses on social issues, which she presents through traumatic experiences.
“Audrey’s style is powerful and emotional, it’s short and strong and no room for fluff. I love her writing style because it’s very unique,” junior Michael Spencer, Audrey’s friend, said.
While Forbes has many other hobbies, including running cross country and volunteering for the Las Vegas Rescue Mission and other local organizations, nothing will take over the love she has for poetry.
“I’d like to incorporate poetry somehow into a novel one day. I want to be an author, and I feel like poetry isn’t really too often in books and I’d like to change that,” she said.