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Let us be heard

For as long as we’ve used language, we have heard poetry. Boring, draining poetry; lively, confusing poetry; or sad, repetitive poetry. From ancient Greek, Chinese and Indian poetry cultures, it has had a way of impacting the 21st century. Which has shaped the way teenagers interpret and make poetry meaningful to them.

On Dec. 13, English teacher Harry Campion and other members of the poetry slam team held an open mic poetry event at the Ewald library. This event allowed students with rapid thoughts to share their talents in versification.

All the Constance of the event with their winning prizes. (Morgan Payne ’24)

One of the many spectators, Lauren Lemmen ’24 a student in Campion’s creative writing class, came out to support these young poets, and spoke about what she finds most interesting about these open mic sessions.

“It’s interesting to see other people’s style of thoughts and writing and also people be brave by getting up in front of people to present their poems,” Lemmen said.

It’s an honor to hear these poets go in depth about how they feel through different forms of expression. The vulnerability that comes with speaking publicly in such an honest way is apparent within the room and deeply resonates with people like Elena Martin ’25.
“I have a really hard time putting my emotions into words, by writing my poetry I can express how I truly feel and not hold back or keep it inside,” Martin said.

Feelings can be hard to break down but for El Kester ’25, poetry is one of the main ways they can understand their feelings.

“Poetry is a way I can almost explain to myself how I feel. Being able to apply my emotions to metaphor is a good way to break it down to myself and people that I want to explain my emotions to,” Kester said.

Gabe Herman presenting their poem (Morgan Payne ’24)

If you or someone you know wants to get out there and express themselves don’t be afraid to contact Harry Campion for more information.

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Morgan Payne ’24
Morgan Payne ’24, Multimedia Manager
Regarding hard work, seconnd-year staffer and Multimedia Manager Morgan Payne ’24 is driven by the word. From working multiple jobs to writing for two newspapers, Payne is diligent, dedicated and disciplined. “I work a lot, I have multiple different jobs, including the Tower which is a big job itself,” Payne said. “If I’m not at school, I’m probably at one organization or being a waiter at Antonio’s in Grosse Pointe Park.” Payne said she loves journalism, not just because her friends are in there because she loves to write. “Journalism has a special meaning to me because its a form of communication,” Payne said. “I’m a big talker and I love to inform, so journalism is right up my alley and is something I am going into for my career.” Outside of Tower, Payne said she likes to write short stories and is a part of different organiztions that empower young women. Payne said she can’t wait for a new year of the Tower and hopes other people will join too. “I would suggest anybody who loves to write, get along with people, get involved with your community to join The Tower,” Payne said. “The Tower has been such a great outlet for me to express myself, so join The Tower if you want that.”

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